November 11, 2013

Cover Story

The Intervention

When Obama lost the first debate so badly to Mitt Romney, his team was worried but not panicked. The real fear kicked in a little later. “If we don’t fix this,” said adviser David Plouffe, “we could lose the whole election.” By Mark Halperin and John Heilemann

On the Cover: President Obama at the University of Denver presidential debate, October 3, 2012. Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

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