POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 4/12

Palin Plans Independent Presence at Convention

Sarah Palin’s PAC paid $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Mall in Tampa, Fla., near the site of the Republican National Convention, “suggesting that she plans to have an independent presence at the event separate from the formal proceedings,” according toPolitico.

Romney Ends Primaries in Historically Weak Position

BuzzFeed looks back at CNN polling and finds Mitt Romney will be the only presidential nominee since 1996 who left the primary season with a negative net approval rate.

The results: Dole +22, Gore +17, Bush +19, Kerry +17, McCain +19, Obama +18 and Romney -12.

Obama Leads in North Carolina

A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds President Obama leads Mitt Romney by five points, 49% to 44%.

Key finding: “The Republican nomination process has taken a huge toll on Romney’s image in North Carolina. In February of 2011 voters in the state were almost evenly divided on him with 37% rating him favorably to 39% who had a negative opinion of him. Now that spread is a dreadful 29/58. His numbers with GOP voters are about where they’ve been, but he’s seen a considerable drop in his appeal to Democrats and independents.”

Clinton Recounts Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “gave a play-by-play account of the day Bin Laden was killed” in a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy and recalled how none of the officials in the room watching the operation, including President Obama, “could breathe for 30-35 minutes,” ABC News reports.

“Clinton also shared how moved she was when she saw the spontaneous gathering of young people, mostly college students, at the gates of the White House as Obama announced Bin Laden’s death. She reflected on what that announcement meant to those constituents who lost so much on 9/11.”

Update: Here’s the video.

Christie Approval Hits New High

A new Quinnipiac poll in New Jersey finds that voters approve of the job Gov. Chris Christie (R) is doing by 59% to 36%, his best score ever.

Said pollster Maurice Carroll: “Whether Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for Mitt Romney, or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb.”

West Says Nearly Half of House Democrats are Communists

Rep. Allen West (R-FL) told a crowd of Florida voters “he’s heard” up to 80 U.S. House Democrats are Communist Party members, “but wouldn’t name names,” the Palm Beach Post reports.

There are 190 Democratic members of the House.

Quote of the Day

“It’s the most godawful human activity that doesn’t involve physical pain. It’s high tension, and it’s boring and difficult work — begging people for money and debasing yourself. I’ve known people who claim they’ve enjoyed it, but I think they’re lying.”

– Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), in an interview with Men’s Journal, on campaigning.

Tennessee Law Allows Creationism in Classrooms

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said he will allow a bill that encourages classroom debate over evolution to become law without his signature, “a symbolic move that signals his opposition but allows the measure to be added to the state code,” the Tennessean reports.

“The decision followed criticism of the bill from national organizations and local scientists, who said it is a cover for reintroducing creationism in Tennessee schools. They linked the measure to the 1925 Scopes Trial in Dayton, Tenn., in which a schoolteacher was tried for breaking a state law then on the books that banned the teaching of evolution.”

Remembering the GOP Primary Season

Presidential Obama’s re-election campaign releases video highlights of the Republican primary with the tagline: “Mitt Romney: A severely conservative nominee. Remember that.”

See more…

Santorum Attacks Will Dog Romney

Bloomberg notes Mitt Romney will continue to feel Rick Santorum’s presence on the campaign trail as the former senator “spent much of the last four months portraying Romney as a phony while offering himself as the candidate who best understood the needs of the lower middle-class. Democrats already have recycled some of his material, seeking to portray Romney as an out-of-touch elitist.”

Think Progress compiles the top 10 best Santorum hits on Romney.

Santorum Aide Says Campaign Discussed 2016 Run

Hogan Gidley, a senior aide to Rick Santorum, told MSNBC that the former Pennsylvania senator had already had discussions about a 2016 presidential bid.

Said Gidley: “I’m not going to say we haven’t talked about it, of course, you look and you say what are you going to do in the future… a lot of people said ‘prepare for 2016.’”

Christie Says Americans Turning Into Couch Potatoes

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he fears America may soon become a “paternalistic entitlement society” with “a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check,” the AP reports.

He added that “this is the least optimistic period he’s ever seen.”

Health Care Law Support Slides

The recent Supreme Court arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law have not helped the public’s perception of the landmark legislation. A newWashington Post-ABC News poll finds just 39% of Americans support the reforms, it’s lowest percentage ever.

“Only about half of Democrats want the entire law upheld. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans want all of it thrown out. “

Allen Leads Kaine in Virginia

A new Roanoke College poll in Virginia shows George Allen (R) leading Tim Kaine (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 39%.

Where Does Santorum Go From Here?

While there has been speculation that Rick Santorum (R) will use his political rehabilitationduring the Republican presidential primary to reenter elected office, Nate Silver doubts it will be so easy for Santorum.

“It is questionable, however, whether Mr. Santorum can expect the competition in 2016 or 2020 to be as soft as it was this year, with big names like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and perhaps others looming on the horizon, and as the Republicans who were elected to office in the 2010 wave begin to mature as politicians. Whomever Mr. Romney selects as his vice presidential candidate will also have a good shot at future Republican nominations.”

“Mr. Santorum could also look to statewide office in Pennsylvania, but that might require a reasonably long wait. The incumbent governor there, Tom Corbett, is a Republican and is eligible for another term in 2014… Of Pennsylvania’s two incumbent senators, one is a Democrat, Bob Casey, who resoundingly defeated Mr. Santorum in 2006 and who remains fairly popular. Because Mr. Casey is on the ballot again this year and it is too late for Mr. Santorum to challenge him, he would need to wait until 2018 for a rematch. Pennsylvania’s other incumbent senator, Pat Toomey, will be up for election in 2016. But Mr. Toomey is a Republican who is relatively young and who is too conservative to be vulnerable to a primary challenge.”

Edwards Repays Public Matching Funds

John Edwards’ campaign “has repaid more than $2.1 million in public matching funds received after the Democrat dropped out of the 2008 presidential primary amid a sex scandal,” the AP reports.

Edwards now faces a criminal trial set to begin Thursday “over federal charges over campaign finance violations related to nearly $1 million paid by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House.”

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