POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/26

Christie Open to Presidential Bid in 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says he’s open to running for president in four years if the job is open, the AP reports.

Christie says he hopes Mitt Romney beats President Obama and seeks re-election in 2016, but if the presidency is open, Christie says he’ll “certainly think about it.”

He added: “If there’s an opportunity for me to serve in another capacity and I think I have something to add to the mix, I don’t think I’d back away from it.”

States Most Likely to Miscount Votes

A new report finds six states — Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina — are the least-prepared states to catch voting problems.

The best prepared states are Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Democrats Have an Enthusiasm Problem

Gallup Poll: “Democrats are significantly less likely now (39%) than they were in the summers of 2004 and 2008 to say they are ‘more enthusiastic about voting than usual’ in the coming presidential election. Republicans are more enthusiastic now than in 2008, and the same as in 2004.”

The Least Likeable GOP Nominee in Modern Times

The latest NBC-WSJ poll finds Mitt Romney’s “overall favorable/unfavorable score remains a net negative — a trait no other modern presumptive GOP presidential nominee (whether Bob Dole, George W. Bush or John McCain) has shared.”

Romney Stayed Involved with Bain Until 2001

According to associates at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney “stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company,” the AP reports.

“Those familiar with Romney’s discussions with his Bain partners said the contacts included several meetings in Boston, the company’s home base, but were limited to matters that did not affect the firm’s investments or other management decisions. Yet Romney continued to oversee his partnership stakes even as he disengaged from the firm, personally signing or approving a series of corporate and legal documents through the spring of 2001.”

Romney’s Commander-in-Chief Problem

Michael Crowley: “In an election dominated by the economy, it might not be disqualifying. But in a close race, any disadvantage could spell defeat. Thus, Romney’s trip over the next week to the U.K., Israel and Poland is an effort to build his credibility as a statesman. But the first step was a Tuesday speech in Reno, Nev., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention designed to draw a contrast with Obama. It was not a promising start. Romney’s main shortcoming is that he has no clear alternative vision on foreign policy. His primary complaint with Obama is both amorphous and unfair: Romney presents himself as a tribune for the ideals of American greatness and exceptionalism.”

On Romney’s indictment of the national security leaks from the White House: “It’s not hard to see why Romney might want to gin up a phony crisis. When it comes to foreign policy, his views turn out to be fairly mundane.”

Presidential Debate Schedule Set

The Commission on Presidential Debates has proposed three presidential and one vice presidential debate this fall. Each will be 90-minutes.

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Obama Still Ahead in Pennsylvania

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Pennsylvania shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by six points, 49% to 43%.

That said, Obama’s approval numbers in Pennsylvania continue to be a little bit worrisome. Only 46% of voters approve of him to 50% who disapprove.

Oklahoma Candidate Remains in Jail

Oklahoma state Senate candidate Fred E. Ray Smith (R) was arrested and jailed over the weekend for failure to appear in court for outstanding child support payments, theOklahoman reports.

But he’s still in jail, explained campaign manager and fiance SunShine Fox: “He is currently still in jail because our money has been going to campaigning, so he will serve the time he needs to serve until we can get funds to get him out. The fact is we should have found other resources to possibly pay that.”

Is Obama Spending His Campaign Money Too Fast?

The Week: “Team Obama is burning through cash at an unsustainable pace, some Democrats say, that may leave him struggling financially in the final stretch of the campaign.”

A Very Stable Presidential Race

Nate Silver: “We’ve now been running our presidential forecast model for almost two months, but very little has changed in our analysis of the race. Each day, we have shown Barack Obama as a modest favorite to win re-election. At no point has projected margin of victory in the popular vote been smaller than 1.7 percentage points, or larger than 2.7 percentage points; it was 2.3 percentage points as of Tuesday evening’s forecast.”

More than $80 Million Spent on Walker Recall

The AP reports nearly $81 million was spent on the failed effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

The money spent on Walker’s race was more than double the previous record spending of $37.4 million in Walker’s 2010 campaign.

Obama: “Of Course Americans Build Their Own Businesses”

If you wanted clear evidence the Obama campaign is worried about Mitt Romney’s attacks using the president’s “You didn’t build that” line, it’s a new response ad which shows President Obama speaking directly to the camera saying his words were taken out of context.

First Read: “You wouldn’t do this if it wasn’t showing up in some of their data. By the way, there have to be a few in Boston disappointed – strategically – to realize that their most effective hit so far on Obama was starting to stick and now their principal is going away on an overseas trip.”

The ad will air in in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Nevada.

The Atlantic has more on the “spectacular silliness” of the “You Didn’t Build That” debate.

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The Economy vs. Likeability

First Read: “Our new NBC/WSJ poll clearly shows that there are two forces at play in this presidential election: the economy (which is a drag on Obama) vs. likeability/values (which is a drag on Romney). Which force is stronger? The answer to that question will likely decide the election.”

Adviser Says Obama Doesn’t Appreciate Anglo-Saxon Heritage

Just before Mitt Romney arrives in London for his international trip, a Romney adviser told the Daily Telegraph that President Obama has not been good friend to Britain because he doesn’t “fully appreciate” America’s “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

The adviser said Romney would be different: “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special. The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

Romney Seeks Probe Into Virginia Voter Drive

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is asking Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) “to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote,” the Richmond Times Dispatch reports.

“The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints.”

Romney Aide Has a Secret

Beth Myers, who is leading Mitt Romney’s search for a running mate, explained the difficulty of leading such a secretive process, ABC News reports.

Said Myers: “Wherever I go, and it’s been very strange, I can’t tell — because I’m a pretty open person — but I can’t tell anybody about this at all. My children and husband are really kind of upset, because they — they’ll start — I can sort of tell they’re plotting against me, and they’ll have like — dinner table — just a casual conversation, ‘Gee, who would be a good VP?’ And I just sit there silently.”

Walker Urges Romney to be Less Cautious

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) urged Mitt Romney’s campaign to take a more aggressive posture, Politico reports.

Said Walker: “I think there’s a lot of caution. I think the mistake that they’ve made is the feeling like it can just be a referendum on the president. It’s certainly a part of it for any incumbent, it’s got to be a referendum on, do you like or dislike, not just the president, but his policies… but there’s got to be something more. People don’t just vote somebody out, they’ve got to vote somebody in.”

Alex Burns: “What’s consistent is that Romney never (or rarely) deviates from the script he’s had since 2011. Walker’s concern is that it’s not enough to close the deal.”

Michigan Looks Like a Battleground

A new Mitchell Research poll in Michigan finds Mitt Romney edging President Obama in Michigan, 45% to 44%.

Said pollster Steve Mitchell: “Romney’s home state continues to look as though it is going to be a battleground state this year.”

Update:  A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Obama leading by 14 points, 53% to 395.

Ad Mocks Romney at the Olympics

The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action uses an Olympics themed ad to continue hitting Mitt Romney on outsourcing and using Swiss bank accounts.

The ad will run during the Olympics in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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Obama Maintains Edge Despite Negative Ratings

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds President Obama leading Mitt Romney nationally by six points, 49% to 43%.

“The poll also finds a resurgence of anxiety about the economy as job growth has slowed, though Obama maintains his edge on several fronts despite that. Half of registered voters feel less optimistic about the direction of the economy, with just 27% predicting the economy would improve over the next year-a sharp drop in optimism from recent months.”

“One result stands out, though: Both candidates clocked their highest count to date among Americans who now view them ‘very negatively.’ Nearly a third of voters saw Mr. Obama that way, compared with nearly a quarter for Mr. Romney.”

Said pollster Bill McInturff: “We have two candidates who are in deep, double-digit negatives. There is no precedent for that in the modern era.”

Warren Holds Small Lead in Massachusetts

A new MassINC poll in Massachusetts finds Elizabeth Warren (D) leading Sen. Scott Brown (R) among registered voters by a two point margin, 40% to 38%, with 16% still undecided.

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