POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/8
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Huffington Post that President Obama should let the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone at the end of the year — and that he would be rewarded at the polls.
Said Bloomberg: “Obama would win this election going away if he’d stand up and say, ‘I’m gonna do this,’ and then turn to Republicans and say, ‘You know, you didn’t want any more revenues … I just outfoxed you. Now work with me on cutting expenses, and we’ll actually balance the budget in 10 years, and we’ll do it responsibly.'”
The Arizona Republic reports Wil Cardon’s (R) television commercials in the Republican Senate primary “are disappearing from the airwaves just as Arizona voters are filling out their early ballots.”
“Going dark, at least temporarily, at such a crucial juncture has led to speculation that Cardon may be winding down his campaign, although his representatives denied that… By contrast, Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican Senate front-runner and Cardon’s main GOP rival, is in the midst of a $1.4 million TV-ad buy that runs through the Aug. 28 primary. Early voting began Thursday.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Colorado finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points, 49% to 43%.
Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen survey shows the race tied at 47% each.
George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, tells Yahoo News that while he has no specific plans yet, he may run for public office in the future.
Said Bush: “Right now I’m reviewing potential opportunities, and we’ll — we’ll see where it takes me.”
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) released a new ad that says was the only Democrat who “voted against both the Wall Street and auto bailouts” and “took on the Obama administration” over a bill that removed wolves from the endangered species list.
Christopher Benfey: “Massachusetts has a puzzling recent track record of launching candidates in nationally watched races who sputter towards the finish line: Dukakis and Kerry and Coakley and, for that matter, Mitt Romney, who has sputtered in a presidential race before. These New Englanders can seem, at key moments, to lack the common, the authentic, the Kennedy touch. Their efforts to ‘connect’ — zooming around in tanks, claiming to love NASCAR, enhancing their ancestry — can run awry.”
The Atlantic has the bad news for the president.
President Obama “whispered to a top fundraiser this week that he believes GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney wants to name Gen. David Petraeus to the VP slot,” according to the Drudge Report.
“A Petraeus drama has been quietly building behind the scenes. Romney is believed to have secretly met with the four-star general in New Hampshire.”
The Denver Post reports that Sandra Fluke will introduce President Obama at a campaign stop in Colorado.
“Fluke is the Georgetown Law Student who testified before Congress earlier this year in favor of insurance coverage of contraception, and gained national attention when conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh called her a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute.’ (Limbaugh later apologized).”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds an extremely close presidential race with President Obama leading Mitt Romney by three points, 49% to 46%.
Said Whitman: “I have seen some moments where I thought he had a freebie to do that and he didn’t.”
First Read: “Over the past few weeks now, the Obama campaign has been driving the daily news cycle — consider the back-and-forth over that Tax Policy Center report and Romney’s tax returns. In response, we’ve now seen the Romney campaign drop its singular focus on the economy to hit Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina (over his emails at the White House) and Obama White House adviser David Plouffe (over his paid speech to a firm with ties to Iran), and to whack the Obama campaign over military voters in Ohio. And now, the Romney camp is up with a TV ad accusing the Obama administration of gutting welfare reform.”
“These new attacks might seem scattershot to some, maybe to buy time before this month’s VP pick. But they also seem like an attempt to try to knock the Obama campaign off message and drive the daily news cycle instead of being on the receiving end.”
The Votemaster runs the numbers and finds almost 100 ways the Electoral College could be deadlocked in this election.
Michelle Cottle: “After an underwhelming month in which Obama battered Romney on Bain and taxes, and won the likeability battle in the swing states, Republicans began pondering what could happen if their uninspiring, buttoned-down, overly cautious nominee made an uninspiring, buttoned-down, overly cautious pick for veep. Everyone agrees that experience and gravitas are fine qualities in presidential politics, but what if you wind up with a ticket so anti-charismatic it becomes the political equivalent of a Dementor, sucking the life force from all the hapless voters who wander into its path?”
“For Romney, a dishwater dull choice would confirm the suspicions of many anxious Republicans that the governor lacks vision, fire, and boldness. After all this time worrying about another Palin, a greater danger seems to have captured the Republican imagination: a veep nominee so dull that no one even cares what he says to Katie Couric.”
Josh Green: “It may not be clear before Election Day who will win the White House or which party will control the House and Senate. But here’s a prediction that’s all but ironclad, and reflects a largely unappreciated change that could have just as much influence on the direction of the country: After the election, white men will constitute a minority of the Democratic House caucus for the first time in history.”
Rolling Stone: “While TV stations are required by law to offer discounted airtime to politicians, Super PACs have to pay market rates… In essence, broadcasters are now profiteering from a vicious circle of corruption: Politicians are beholden to big donors because campaigns are so expensive, and campaigns are so expensive because they’re fought through television ads. The more cash that chases limited airtime, the more the ads will cost, and the more politicians must lean on deep-pocketed patrons. In short, the dirtier the system, the better for the bottom line at TV stations and cable systems.”
The Weekly Standard wrote an editorial last week urging Mitt Romney to “go bold” and pick Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Marco Rubio as his running mate.
An update: “As of Friday, when we wrote the editorial, we’d been led to believe Christie wasn’t in serious consideration. We now have reason to think he may be. So to be clear: We’d certainly include him with Ryan and Rubio as potential gold medal finalists. As to choosing among the three of them? A photo finish. But choosing a VP candidate who will help Romney run a big, forward looking campaign–that is not a close call.”
The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) “is inviting yet another round of speculation about presidential ambitions with this latest scheduling announcement: He’s going to Iowa.”
O’Malley “brushes off questions about any presidential ambitions as premature. He is term-limited and will have to leave office in January 2015.”
“If you could depend on the government for one thing it was that you had to be able to trust the water that our kids drank and the food that they ate. But this is the E. coli club. They do not want to spend money to do that.”
– House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), quoted by The Hill, criticizing Republicans for making cuts to government programs that keep citizens safe and healthy.
Priorities USA Action has unveiled the harshest ad yet about Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. It features a former steel worker at a Bain-owned company talking about their family’s lost health insurance and his wife’s death from cancer.Candidates, National, Politics