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DNC Hits Romney Over Super PAC Claims

A new DNC video blasts Mitt Romney for claims he made in Sunday morning’s debate when he said he hadn’t seen the ads from a pro-Romney Super PAC.

Less than a minute later Romney listed the attacks made in the ad as if he had written them himself.

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Romney Says He Feared Getting Fired

According to ABC News, Mitt Romney attempted his own version of an “I-feel-your-pain” moment at a campaign event in New Hampshire, telling a crowd that like so many Americans he too has worried about getting fired.

Said Romney: “I know what it’s like to worry about whether or not you are going to get fired. There are times when I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.”

He offered no details.

Last summer, Romney has a similar moment when he told a group of Florida jobless that he was unemployed too.

 

Paul Will Skip Florida Primary

Ron Paul will spend only “limited money” in Florida because it’s a winner-take-all state with 50 delegates, National Journal reports.

“Paul is pursuing a long-term strategy in which he collects delegates in states that award them proportionally, where even a second- or third-place finish comes with some delegates. That strategy is unlikely to win Paul the nomination, but it could give him leverage at the 2012 Republican convention.”

 

Romney Breaks Through 30% Nationally

For the first time, the Gallup daily tracking poll shows Mitt Romney breaking through his previous ceiling of support.

Romney now leads the Republican presidential field with 31%, followed by Rick Santorum at 18%, Newt Gingrich at 16%, Ron Paul at 13%, Rick Perry at 6% and Jon Huntsman at 1%.

 

Already Looking Forward to Post-Presidency

The Obamas by Jodi Kantor portrays a Barack Obama “who seems at times more enamored with the idea of having been president than with actually being president,” according to a Wall Street Journal review.

An example: “What Obama really looked forward to, said his friends, was the period that followed the presidency, whenever it arrived.”

Also, close Obama friend, Marty Nesbitt, says the president has told him he will be able to accomplish a lot after leaving office “because he would finally be free of politics.”

 

GOP Debate Reaction

The knives were out against Mitt Romney from the opening moments of Sunday morning’s Republican presidential debate and for the first time, his rivals actually drew blood. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum took on Romney’s claims that he wasn’t a “career politician” even though he’s been running for office since 1994.

Romney’s weakest moment was suggesting that only rich people should run for office by citing his father’s advice to him: “Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage.” He then bragged about his unsuccessful attempt to unseat Ted Kennedy: “I was happy he had to take a mortgage out on his house to ultimately defeat me.”

In the end, however, the debate was probably more about the race to finish second to Romney in New Hampshire. Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Hunstman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry all had decent performances but none had a breakout moment that should substantially change the results of Tuesday’s primary.

 

Romney’s Lead in New Hampshire Shrinks

The latest Suffolk University tracking poll shows Mitt Romney dropping for the fourth day in a row.

Romney dropped another 4 points overnight to 35%, followed by Ron Paul at 20%, Jon Hunstman at 11%, Newt Gingrich at 9%, Rick Santorum at 8% and Rick Perry at 1%. Another 15% are still undecided.

Said pollster David Paleologos: “It’s a New Hampshire primary, it’s January, and here we go again. Romney’s strategy of running out the clock is costing him margin, Huntsman is still fighting hard and beginning to rally, and New Hampshire is playing contrarian to Rick Santorum, the Iowa Caucus star of a week ago, who has dropped to fifth place.”

 

Romney Leads in South Carolina

A new Public Policy Polling survey in South Carolina finds Mitt Romney with a modest lead.

Romney leads with 30%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 23%, Rick Santorum at 19%, Ron Paul at 9%, Rick Perry at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 1%.

Key findings: “There are two things that taken together might make it possible for Santorum to upset Romney in South Carolina. The first is both Gingrich and Perry dropping out. Gingrich’s voters prefer Santorum over Romney 52-37 and Perry’s do by a 54-41 margin. Either of them dropping out would give Santorum a big boost. The other thing that would give Santorum the potential for an upset is a Jim DeMint endorsement. 31% of voters say his nod would make them more likely to vote for a candidate.”

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