POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/6
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told CBS News the winning Republican presidential candidate could still be hiding out in “Nowheresville.”
Said Barbour: “The fact of the matter is, this field includes people who have been very successful as governors; a former Speaker of the House; people who have been successful in business. But a lot of them are not very well-known. That’s what presidential nominating contests are about. As I say, Barack Obama came from Nowheresville at this time [in the election cycle] to being president.”
Rick Santorum will officially declare his presidential candidacy on Monday in western Pennsylvania where his grandfather worked in coal mines after emigrating from Italy, the Allentown Morning Call reports.
“The kickoff will take place at Somerset County Courthouse, near where Santorum’s family got started in America and near where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001. The campaign said the setting was meant to evoke themes of hard work, selflessness and personal responsibility.”
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) “will play golf together on June 18th in what will be an opportunity for the two men to hammer out their differences on the debt ceiling and other issues,” CBS News reports.
The White House said the president extended the invitation — and the House speaker accepted.
“Just before John Edwards was indicted Friday, prosecutors made a final offer: They would accept his guilty plea to three misdemeanor campaign finance law violations in the $925,000 cover-up of his affair,” the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
“With the deal, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee would avoid a felony conviction – and almost certainly keep the law license that had made him wealthy.”
“But there was a catch. The government wanted to dictate a sentence that would result in up to six months of prison for Edwards, even with the plea to lesser charges.”
A new Gallup poll finds 92% of Americans still say “yes” when asked the basic question “Do you believe in God?”; this is down only slightly from the 1940s, when Gallup first asked this question.
Jon Huntsman said that he won’t try to compete in the Iowa caucuses early next year, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Huntsman “said he is opposed to federal agricultural and ethanol subsidies. Such financial support is a make-or-break issue in Iowa, which grows nearly one-fifth of the nation’s corn and 15% of its soybeans.”
“Iowa would have been a challenge for Huntsman, who is viewed with suspicion by some conservatives because of past support for policies relating to climate change, immigration and civil unions. Also, Huntsman, like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is a Mormon, and some of the evangelical voters who dominate the Iowa GOP caucuses were skeptical of Romney’s 2008 bid in part because of his religious beliefs.”