POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 1/18
NBC News reports that the Obama re-election campaign “is requesting rates for a potential — and significant — TV ad buy.”
Caveat: “This doesn’t mean that we’ll soon see the ads; they could end up deciding to wait. But what Team Obama is doing is the first step in putting something on TV.”
Gingrich has long proposed a 15% flat tax option for all taxpayers and said, “I assume this afternoon Mitt will endorse my flat tax proposal and have every American pay at the rate he paid.”
He also offered to dub it “the Mitt Romney flat tax.”
Wisconsin Democrats will file petitions with more than a million signatures in their effort to force a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker (R), “a massive number that seemed to cement a historic recall election against him for later this year,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Democrats need only valid 540,208 signatures to schedule the recall election against Walker.
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds President Obama with his best standing in a general election match up against Mitt Romney since right after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Obama now leads Romney 49% to 44% nationally.
Key finding: “It’s not as if Obama’s suddenly become popular. He remains under water with 47% of voters approving of him to 50% who disapprove. But Romney’s even less popular, with only 35% rating him favorably while 53% have a negative opinion of him. Over the last month Romney’s seen his negatives with independents rise from 46% to 54%, suggesting that the things he has to say and do to win the Republican nomination aren’t necessarily helping him for the general.”
Coming in two weeks: The Obama Hate Machine: The Lies, Distortions, and Personal Attacks on the President — and Who Is Behind Them by Bill Press.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Texas finds Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is doing about as bad in Texas now as it is everywhere else.
Mitt Romney leads among Republican voters in Perry’s home state with 24%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 23%, Perry at 18%, Rick Santorum at 15% and Ron Paul at 12%.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin finds Tom Barrett (D) would be the front runner if he decides to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in a possible upcoming recall election.
He leads Kathleen Falk (D), 46% to 27% and David Obey (D) 42% to 30% in potential head to heads.
On the final night of this year’s Democratic National Convention, President Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America stadium, the Charlotte Observer reports.
“The move to the Carolina Panthers’ 74,000-seat stadium would replicate the 2008 convention, where Obama accepted the nomination at a packed Invesco Field in Denver. The move, which would open the speech to the public, is designed to help mobilize voters in North Carolina, a key swing state.”
Then again, as First Read notes, the corporate symbol of “Bank of America” stadium might not be one that Democrats want.
Later today, opponents of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “will submit a mountain of petition signatures demanding his recall,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
“A month ago, organizers said they were close to gathering the minimum of 540,208 signatures needed to force a vote — a number equal to a fourth of all votes cast in the 2010 election that put Walker in office and enough to signal broad misgivings about that result. Tuesday’s formal submission of petitions to the state’s election agency is expected to include a healthy cushion.”
“Election officials say it could take two months to vet the validity of the signatures, and Republicans say they have fielded thousands of volunteers to scour them for flaws. Walker, nonetheless, seems resigned to having to face a vote and has predicted it might take place by June.”
A new Sunshine State News Poll in Florida shows Mitt Romney headed for a big victory in the Republican presidential primary.
Romney leads with 46%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 20%, Rick Santorum at 12% and Ron Paul at 9%.
Said pollster Jim Lee: “Romney is the clear favorite, and you’d have to conclude he even has a shot to win 50 percent of the GOP vote, depending on what happens in South Carolina. His media saturation of the Florida airways is clearly having an impact, and, based on what I have learned, he is staying on message by talking about spending and deficits — two issues GOP voters care about.”
In a clear sign Stephen Colbert’s Super PAC isn’t coordinating with the comedian’s presidential exploratory bid, a new ad tells voters to back Herman Cain who’s still on the ballot in South Carolina.
“He’s not a career politician. He’s such a Washington outsider he’s not even running for president. Send them a message. On Jan. 21, vote Herman Cain.”
Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) “has declined to comment whether or not he may be a candidate to become the new director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration,” the Bismarck Tribune reports.
Jack Lew, the current OMB director, is taking over as Obama’s White House chief of staff following the resignation of William Daley.
A new Monmouth University poll in South Carolina shows Mitt Romney with a double-digit lead over his GOP rivals.
Romney leads with 33%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 22%, Rick Santorum at 14%, Ron Paul at 12%, Rick Perry at 6% and Jon Huntsman at 4%.
In an age when candidates post many of their videos and attacks on the internet, The Fix highlights one challenge facing Jon Huntsman as he pivots to supporting Mitt Romney: “Huntsman has been one of Romney’s vicious critics on the trail, attacking the former Massachusetts governor on health-care mandates, taxes, abortion, foreign policy — you name it, Huntsman cut a Web video on it.”
“The former Utah governor’s campaign pulled multiple anti-Romney videos and Web sites off the web Sunday night, but Huntsman attacked Romney so many times that there’s plenty of evidence left online.”
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