POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 5/18
Breitbart News reports on a promotional booklet produced in 1991 by Barack Obama’s then-literary agency which describes the author as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii.”
Miriam Goderich issued the following statement to Political Wire:
“You’re undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya. This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me — an agency assistant at the time. There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii. I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.”
“I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”
In the first poll of Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race after this week’s GOP primary, Rasmussenfinds Deb Fischer (R) crushing former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D), 56% to 38%.
“I think guys like that so misunderstand the state of the nation they act like its 1942 or something. I mean think the public is so so far beyond. And then I heard getting out of the car it looks like they are not going to do that now. Look there are certain things that are sort of so morally clear and straight-straight lines about it-it almost doesn’t warrant commenting.”
Gallup: “Fifty-six percent of Americans think Barack Obama will win the 2012 presidential election, compared with 36% who think Mitt Romney will win. Democrats are more likely to believe that Obama will win than Republicans are to believe Romney will. Independents are nearly twice as likely to think that Obama, rather than Romney, will prevail.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina finds “a noticeable shift” in the attitudes of African Americans toward rights for gay couples in the wake of President Obama’s announcement last week that he supports gay marriage.
Key finding: “Our final poll before the primary last week found only 20% of black voters in the state favoring gay marriage, with 63% opposed. Now 27% express support for gay marriage with 59% opposed, for an overall 11 point shift on the margin.”
Nate Silver updated his Senate forecast and concludes “the most likely outcome” to be Republicans winning 50 seats, Democrats 49, and Angus King (I) the seat in Maine. Under those circumstances, the Democrats would retain control of the Senate if King caucused with them and President Obama won re-election, making Vice President Biden the tiebreaking vote. Otherwise, Republicans would control the chamber.
However, the range in the forecast is from Democrats winning 55 seats to Republicans winning 56 seats.
When asked about the report that a Super PAC is planning to runs ads about President Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Mitt Romney told Townhall that it was the Obama campaign that was engaging in “character assassination.”
Said Romney: “I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on seeing rising incomes and growing prosperity… And I think what we’ve seen so far from the Obama campaign is a campaign of character assassination. I hope that isn’t the course of this campaign.”
Maggie Haberman: “Obama’s campaign’s attacks have been about Bain Capital, which has been a key element of his curriculum vitae that he cites as qualifying him for the job.”
Young workers were hit hard by the recession and at least one recent poll shows the president lagging significantly among younger voters.
National Journal: “The White House incumbent enjoyed the overwhelming enthusiasm of young voters in 2008, winning them by a two-to-one margin over Republican John McCain — an incredible edge even for a group that usually leans left. But replicating that success could prove difficult when so many of those same voters are beset by personal financial difficulty. To do so, the Obama campaign might have to rely on a culturally oriented pitch, one that can tout the president’s support of same-sex marriage.”
Mark Halperin: “The greatest indication that public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted over the past few years: almost no prominent GOP elected officials raised the issue after the day of the endorsement; party leaders, almost to a person, changed the topic to the economy when asked about Obama’s now evolved stance. Besides, at a time when Republicans are trying to minimize the impression that their party is intolerant, the last thing they want is to pick a big fight over personal liberty and morality. Rest assured, they will quietly communicate Obama’s position to targeted voters via religious organizations and mail as the election nears. And if Obama loses narrowly, some of his supporters are sure to look back and wonder if publicly backing gay marriage cost him his job.”
A new Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll find Mitt Romney edging President Obama nationally, 44% to 43%.
Key finding: “Obama is doing fine in most categories except young voters — those under 30 — with whom he only has a 5 percentage-point advantage over Mr. Romney.”
Meanwhile, a YouGov/Economist poll finds Romney ahead 46% to 42%.
Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) told Politico that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) “did more harm than good by investing seven figures in a conservative candidate who finished a distant third in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary.”
Said Johanns: “The question I’d get asked as I get around the state: ‘Who is this guy and why he is spending this money to elect people in our state?’ … I just think it was a poor choice of strategy. I don’t think they understood the state. People hate that kind of stuff in our state, and so they recoiled, they looked for an alternative.”
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina dismissed suggestions that it was a mistake for Democrats to hold their national convention in North Carolina and told The Hill that President Obama can win the state.
Said Messina: “I believe that we can absolutely win North Carolina. The president’s economic vision and the work he’s done in North Carolina will carry the day for us there.”
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