POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/12
NBC News reports that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), whose mysterious absence from Congress has prompted calls for more disclosure, is being treated for alcoholism and addiction at an Arizona facility.
However, the AP reports a statement from Jackson’s office responding to the report says the lawmaker is receiving “intensive medical treatment” for a “mood disorder.”
“Well, I of course respond to the attacks which come. But you know, they say in politics, if you’re responding, you’re losing.”
— Mitt Romney, quoted by Politico, defending his campaign’s response to the attacks on his tenure at Bain Capital.
The latest Public Policy Polling survey in Virginia finds the same thing as nearly every poll for the last 18 months — an extremely close race.
Tim Kaine (D) leads George Allen (R) by just two points, 46% to 44%.
A new Critical Insights poll in Maine finds 57% support allowing gay couples to marry while just 35% do not.
The referendum, which isn’t finalized yet, will be on the ballot in November.
A new Marquette Law School poll finds the GOP race for U.S. Senate nomination has tightened.
Tommy Thompson (R) continues to lead with 35%, followed by Eric Hovde (R) at 23%, Mark Neumann (R) at 10%, Jeff Fitzgerald (R) at 6% and 25% still undecided.
For comparison, a Public Policy Polling survey released yesterday found Hovde surging into a small lead.
Page Six: “Rielle Hunter has gone quiet after less than hoped-for sales of her memoir — she’s scheduled no additional tour dates to promote her tell-all about her relationship with John Edwards, What Really Happened. After a serious media blitz, which included interviews with ABC’s Chris Cuomo and appearances on The View and Piers Morgan Tonight, Hunter, the mother of Edwards’ daughter, Quinn, has sold 6,000 copies of her story.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has never missed a vote since taking office in January 1997, the AP reports.
This week, she expects to make her 5,000th consecutive vote.
“Among sitting senators, only Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa has a longer voting streak, having cast 6,444 consecutive votes dating back to 1993, when he missed votes to join President Bill Clinton in touring flood damage in Iowa.”
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs — who had clashed openly with Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett — has returned to the Obama campaign, BuzzFeedreports.
His dispute with Mrs. Obama “became public — and immortalized — when he was quoted in Jodi Kantor’s book, The Obamas, published earlier this year as having said ‘f_ _ _ her too’ during an argument about the First Lady. It wasn’t the first time foul language had been used in private in Washington, it’s true, but it did undermine Gibbs’ ability to plausibly claim he spoke for the entire administration.”
Explained one Obama adviser: “There was a cooling off period.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Wisconsin finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points, 50% to 44%.
Most interesting: “One thing that could make the state look like much more of a toss up is if Romney chooses Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan has a pretty solid 44/39 favorability rating and if he was on the ticket Obama’s lead would decline all the way to 47/46. Ryan’s presence has the effect of further unifying the GOP base around Romney and also helping to bring some more independent voters into the fold.”
A new Marquette Law School poll finds Obama leading 51% to 43%
The Atlantic profiles George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was “groomed for office since his childhood, is coming of age and building a political network.”
A new We Ask America poll in New Mexico finds President Obama ahead by double-digits, 51% to 40%.
In the U.S. Senate race, Martin Heinrich (D) has a solid lead over Heather Wilson (R), 51% to 42%.
A new We Ask America poll in Pennsylvania finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by seven points, 47% to 40%.
In the U.S. Senate race, Sen. Bob Casey (D) is comfortably ahead of challenger Tom Smith (R), 53% to 39%.
The House of Representatives will hold a symbolic vote to repeal President Obama’s health-care law later today. It’s the 33rd time Republicans have tried to repeal or rescind parts of the law.
However, the AP notes Republicans “are seizing on one wrinkle to bolster their election-year case for repeal — the court’s judgment that the penalty for failing to get insurance is a tax.”
Nonetheless, the bill has no chance of passing in the Senate or ever reaching the president’s desk.
American Crossroads is poised to inject up to $70 million into the battle for the Senate on behalf of Republicans, Roll Call reports.
“The GOP-aligned super PAC and its affiliated issue-advocacy arm, Crossroads GPS, have reserved $23.5 million in fall television advertising in six states and will have invested $10 million on targeted Senate contests by mid-August. With minimal overhead and competitively bid consultant contracts and by paying industry-low 3% media placement commissions, the group funnels about 95% of contributions into political activity, which this cycle will include on-air and online advertising, phone work and direct mail.”
Sarah Palin warned that Mitt Romney must do more to energize conservatives, according to Politico.
Said Palin: “Romney, he has said before that he doesn’t want to have to light his hair on fire. Well, there are a lot of his base supporters, independents who are saying, ‘Well, light our hair on fire, then! Remind us how important it is that we get engaged in this presidential election because it is the election of our lifetime.'”
A New York Times editorial slams Mitt Romney for not disclosing his tax returns.
“Paying taxes forthrightly has long been a matter of civic pride for most American politicians, a demonstration of honesty and of a willingness to share in society’s burdens. Since the Watergate era, presidential candidates have released several years of tax returns, allowing voters to peer at their financial choices and discern their entanglements.”
“Mitt Romney has upended that tradition this year. He has released only one complete tax return, for 2010, along with an unfinished estimate of his 2011 taxes. What information he did release provides a fuzzy glimpse at a concerted effort to park much of his wealth in overseas tax shelters, suggesting a widespread pattern of tax avoidance unlike that of any previous candidate.”
A new Quinnipiac poll finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney by three points nationally, 46% to 43%.
Key findings: “Married voters back Romney 51% to 38%, while unmarried voters back President Obama 54% to 34%. Among married voters, Romney leads 54% to 35% among men and 49% to 42% among women. Among single voters, Obama leads 47% to 38% among men and 60% to 31% among women.
Said pollster Peter Brown: “Although much has been made about the gender gap and how President Barack Obama’s lead among women fuels his campaign, the marriage gap is actually larger and more telling.”
A new Critical Insights poll in Maine shows Angus King (I) with a huge lead for U.S. Senate with 55%, followed by Charlie Summers (R) at 27% and Cynthia Dill (D) at 7%.
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