POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 6/4
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tells the San Francisco Chronicle she is “upbeat about the prospects for a female president in her lifetime, namely her friend Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
Said Pelosi: “Why wouldn’t she run? She’s a magnificent secretary of state. She’s our shot.”
Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt (R), who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President George W. Bush, has been tapped to head Mitt Romney’s transition process “and has quietly taken the first steps toward drawing up the blueprint for a new administration,” Politico reports.
“As the point man for what is internally called ‘Project Ready,’ Leavitt is stepping into a post that historically gets little attention during the campaign but becomes the focal point of a government-in-waiting beginning the day after the election.”
Reuters reports there “is at least a small chance” that Mitt Romney “might break with tradition and name his vice presidential choice earlier in the summer, according to people advising the campaign.”
“The tradition is to announce the No. 2 around the time of the convention to inspire grassroots activists and seek maximum publicity for the final two-month push to the November 6 election. But in this case, the Romney team has discussed whether to announce the pick a few weeks earlier to generate buzz for his campaign during August and help raise campaign funds.”
New York Times: “The weak employment report on Friday held the potential to reshape the presidential campaign, members of both parties said, lifting Mitt Romney’s efforts to make the race all about President Obama’s handling of the economy and making it harder for Democrats to break through in their efforts to define Mr. Romney on their terms.”
Washington Post: “Friday’s dismal jobs report and some unexpected words from Bill Clinton delivered a bracing reminder to President Obama and his advisers that the election remains primarily a referendum on his record and that their path to victory may lie less in trying to discredit Republican Mitt Romney and more in winning a battle of ideas with their Republican rival.”
Despite a five-week drubbing over her claims to Native American heritage, a new Boston Globe poll finds Elizabeth Warren (D) trails Sen. Scott Brown (R) by just two points, 39% to 37%.
“But there are signs that the controversy has wounded the first-time candidate, whose entrance into the race came with a star power that galvanized Democrats and catapulted the contest into one of the most closely watched in the nation. The vast majority of voters (72%) said the issue would not affect their vote, but 31% of self-described independents — a critical voting bloc — said the issue makes them less likely to support Warren in November.”
Key finding: Brown’s approval rating is at a comfortable 60%, with just 31% disapproving of the work he is doing in Washington.
Update: A new WNEU/Masslive poll finds Warren leading Brown, 45% to 43%.
Donald Trump said it was the media attention he drew for Mitt Romney that led to a spike in the polls for the GOP presidential candidate, NBC News reports.
Said Trump: “I think he got the headline on a day where I did get a lot of press, and interestingly, since then, his poll numbers have gone up very substantially. So I really think, and he really thinks, that the press has helped and it’s been good.”
President Obama said a Republican “fever” was the reason he hasn’t been able to move legislation on deficit reduction or immigration reform, BuzzFeed reports.
Said Obama: “I believe that If we’re successful in this election, when we’re successful in this election, that the fever may break, because there’s a tradition in the Republican Party of more common sense than that. My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”
He added: “My expectation is that if we can break this fever, that we can invest in clean energy and energy efficiency because that’s not a partisan issue.”
A new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows President Obama with a three-point lead over Mitt Romney (R) among registered voters nationwide, 49% to 46%.
The survey also indicates Americans are divided in the battle for Congress, with 48% saying they would back the Democrat in their congressional district and 45% saying they would support the Republican.
Alex Roarty notes that “evidence is mounting” that Pennsylvania isn’t a top target for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
“Understanding why the GOP candidate might be skeptical about Pennsylvania isn’t difficult. A Republican presidential nominee hasn’t triumphed there since George H.W. Bush in 1988, and, as mentioned, Obama won easily there four years ago despite a heavy investment of time and money from the McCain campaign. The state has more than a million more registered Democrats than Republicans, and an early May poll from Quinnipiac University found the president leading over Romney 47% to 39%.”
Meanwhile, First Read moves the Keystone state from “Toss Up” to “Lean Dem.”
Newt Gingrich reflects to Bloomberg Businessweek on how he lost the GOP presidential race:
“Last August, I was down to 3 percent in the Gallup polls. June and July had been the two hardest months of my career. We should have skipped the entire phase of working with consultants who didn’t believe in what I was doing. The way they quit and the news media announced my campaign was over meant I was literally in a desert. I was lucky to raise $3,000 on a day when I should have raised $50,000. When the Republican debates began to kick in, we went through Pawlenty, Bachmann, Cain’s first surge, Trump’s near surge, Perry’s surge, and Cain’s second surge. By December, I was the front-runner. It was everything I hoped for.”
“Then, frankly, the Romney people did the only thing they could. They used their strengths — which were money and the super PAC and a willingness to go after me very aggressively — to offset my strength, which was an ability to define a larger, better future. I was probably naive in forgetting that your opponents have every right to try to clutter your message.”
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) practically begged ABC News to accept that he will not be a candidate for vice president.
Said Bush: “It’s not in the cards for me. I don’t know how many times I have to repeat this. I have been repeating it for the last two years. I’ve been pretty consistent.”
When pressed, he repeated again: “I am not a candidate. I’m not going to be asked.”
Of course, the reason he keeps getting asked the question is that he said in April that he would “consider it.”
A new FM3 poll in New Mexico find President Obama leading Mitt Romney by double-digits, 48% to 35%, with Libertarian candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson at 12%.
A federal judge on ordered Florida to stop enforcing several “onerous” requirements on voter registration groups that were part of a law passed last year in an effort to tighten election rules, the New York Times reports.
Washington Post: “The decision by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle marked the first time a federal jurist has struck down provisions in one of the voting laws passed by nearly 20 states since last year. The laws are a flashpoint in President Obama’s battle for reelection, with his supporters saying they target minorities and other pro-Obama groups. Republicans say the measures are needed to combat voter fraud.”
Rick Hasen: “If this ruling stands, I expect a large push, especially (but not only) from Democratically-aligned groups, to register voters in Florida this summer.”Explore posts in the same categories: Candidates, National, Politics