The country is only now strongly emerging from the Great Recession. Growth is up, and unemployment is at record lows.
He was 42 when he got into politics, after working at a law firm and coaching basketball for seven years. And his fear of public speaking — which still haunts him — made it more difficult to rally voters the way other politicians do.
The Democratic philanthropist, who grew up in a conservative Ohio home with seven siblings, delivered newspapers when she was 8 years old. It was a much different life, she said, than the lavish one portrayed in TV ads that attack her for being out of touch because she owns 17 homes.