POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/3

Reid Says Romney is Hiding Something

After Mitt Romney told Sen. Harry Reid to “put up or shut up” on charges that the GOP presidential nominee avoided paying taxes fro 10 years, UPI reports Reid issued a statement saying again that he has “an extremely credible source” and that Romney “is hiding something.”

Said Reid: “It’s clear Romney is hiding something, and the American people deserve to know what it is.”

Maggie Haberman: “Reid is playing a very rough, no-rules game here. But, unless tthere is serious blowback, it aappears to be somewhat risk-free.”

 

Team Romney Ramps Up Ad Spending

First Read: “While it’s technically correct that the Obama campaign is outspending the Romney campaign in TV advertising in the battleground states, you can’t say the same thing when adding all the outside groups. Right now, Team Romney — the campaign, the RNC, and all the GOP-leaning outside groups — is outspending Team Obama (campaign, DNC, outside groups) this week by a nearly 2-to-1 margin, $25 million to $14 million. That $25 million, in fact, is more than we’ve seen from one side during any other week this cycle.”

“What’s more, Team Romney has enjoyed this ad-spending edge for much of the past month.”

 

Romney Spokesman Takes Time Off

Mitt Romney traveling spokesman Rick Gorka, “whose curse-laden flap with the press in Poland rounded out the news reports culminating Romney’s trip, is ‘taking some time off the trail’ after a week abroad,” ABC News reports.

 

Romney Tells Reid to “Put Up or Shut Up”

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has cleary gotten under Mitt Romney’s skin with his allegations that the GOP hopeful has not paid federal taxes for a decade: The Daily Caller reports that Romney just told Reid to “put up or shut up” on Sean Hannity’s radio show.

Said Romney: “Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out it’s the White House.”

The Atlantic: Speculation About Romney’s Taxes Goes Off the Rails

 

Obama’s Odds of Winning Hit New High

Even before today’s Pew Research poll showing President Obama with a double-digit lead nationally over Mitt Romney, Nate Silver‘s latest election forecast gives Obama a 70.8% chance of winning the Electoral College — an all time high this year.

“It’s the vote in November that counts – not the polls in August – but they represent the most conspicuous sign that incumbent presidents are hard to defeat, and that Mr. Romney has some work left to do to win the Electoral College.”

 

Is Romney Nearing a Running Mate Decision?

CNN: “Here’s one clue: Romney’s longtime adviser Beth Myers, who has been tasked with heading up the campaign’s search for a running mate, will be traveling with the Republican presidential hopeful on Thursday when he arrives in Colorado to meet with GOP governors, according to a source familiar with the trip.”

“Romney will hold a public event with several Republican governors in Basalt before attending a fundraiser in Aspen later in the evening. A who’s who of top GOP officeholders, strategists and donors are gathered in the ski resort town for a retreat hosted by the Republican Governors Association.”

 

Is Romney Nearing a Running Mate Decision?

CNN: “Here’s one clue: Romney’s longtime adviser Beth Myers, who has been tasked with heading up the campaign’s search for a running mate, will be traveling with the Republican presidential hopeful on Thursday when he arrives in Colorado to meet with GOP governors, according to a source familiar with the trip.”

“Romney will hold a public event with several Republican governors in Basalt before attending a fundraiser in Aspen later in the evening. A who’s who of top GOP officeholders, strategists and donors are gathered in the ski resort town for a retreat hosted by the Republican Governors Association.”

 

Romney’s Evasion Strategy

Michael Tomasky: “I’ve been pounding away at Mitt Romney’s lack of spine on the basis of his unprecedented reversals of position. We have never in modern American history had a presidential nominee who, as he ascended from the state to the national level, changed so many positions so shamelessly. But that’s not the only manifestation of his weakness. Take the three issues of his lack of specificity about the policies he supports, his inaccessibility to the press, and his refusal to release his tax returns. These highlight another aspect of the problem, one that’s no less telling and serious: His desire to sneak into the White House all but unexamined by voters.”

 

Romney as CEO of Massachusetts Didn’t Go Over Well

The AP looks at how Mitt Romney’s “top-down, corporate management style” rankled Democrats in Massachusetts “who overwhelmingly controlled the state House and Senate and saw themselves as an equal partner in the government. His approach jolted a clubby political culture where schmoozing over after-hours drinks and cutting backroom deals are well-worn pathways to success.”

“Unlike his three GOP gubernatorial predecessors, the politically inexperienced Romney was never at ease in the chummy world of trading favors for votes. He bypassed rank-and-file Democrats and dealt mostly with the party’s legislative leaders during his four-year term, though he did work with Democrats to pass the state’s health care overhaul.”

 

Election Game 2012

Here’s a fun new game for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone: Election Game 2012: Race for the White House.

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You’re the campaign manager: Pick your candidate, raise campaign funds, make advertising buys, book television appearances, rally volunteers or resort to dirty tricks to outmaneuver and smear your opponent. These are just a few of the options this election game has to offer.

It’s a free download and highly recommended.

 

Cuomo Wants No Role at Convention

The Wall Street Journal reports New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will only attend the Democratic convention on the last day, when President Obama is expected to accept his party’s nomination for a second term.

“Mr. Cuomo’s quiet plans for the convention aren’t unexpected. There has been speculation for weeks that he didn’t want a speaking role and wanted to continue his pattern of avoiding the national spotlight. But Mr. Cuomo hadn’t publicly revealed his plans until now.”

 

Rove Returns

Time looks at Karl Rove’s emergence as a power broker in the Republican party.

“Rove intends for Crossroads to carry on past November, keeping up the fight in 2014 and beyond. And if it does, the Architect will have become the de facto and undisputed boss of his party. And he will get another chance to achieve his lasting Republican majority in America.”

 

Reid Doubles Down on Romney Tax Charge

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) not only stuck by his story of a Bain Capital investor claiming Mitt Romney paid no taxes at all for 10 years, he broadened it in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and other reporters.

Said Reid: “I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination. I have had a number of people tell me that.”

When asked to identify his sources, Reid declined: “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me. I don’t think the burden should be on me. The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

 

Obama Steps Up Attacks on Romney Tax Plan

President Obama’s campaign is out with a new ad that continuing its attacks on Mitt Romney’s tax plan and personal finances.

Don’t miss the picture of Romney in front of Donald Trump’s plane.

See more…

 

Why Attacking Super PACs Won’t Work

A new Washington Post-Pew Research poll shows that three-quarters of Americans have either heard “a little” (36%) or “nothing at all” (39%) about “increased spending in this year’s presidential election by outside groups not associated with the candidates or campaigns.”

In an even more stunning finding, when prompted with four choices as to what a super PAC actually was, just four in 10 said it was “a group able to accept unlimited political donations.”

 

Flashback of the Day

“I can tell you what my position is, which is — and it’s in a very narrowly defined sphere — which is, as candidate for governor and as governor of Massachusetts what I said to people was that I personally did not favor abortion, that I am personally pro-life. However, as governor, I would not change the laws of the commonwealth relating to abortion.”

“Now I don’t try and put a bow around that and say, what does that mean you are? Does that mean you’re pro-life or pro-choice? Because that whole package, meaning I’m personally pro-life but I won’t change the laws, you could describe that as — I don’t think you can describe it in one hyphenated word.”

— Mitt Romney, quoted by Ruth Marcus in 2005.

 

Tennessee Candidates Engage in Anti-Islam Contest

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) and primary challenger Lou Ann Zelenik (R) are engaged in an argument “over who is more opposed to the Islamic faith and the construction of a mosque near Nashville has become an unlikely issue in a nasty Tennessee Republican congressional primary to be decided on Thursday,” Reuters reports.

“The heart of the struggle is over the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, about 30 miles south of Nashville, which has been controversial since construction began two years ago.”

Gawker: “Anyway, what makes the whole thing even dumber, if that’s possible, is that this ‘I’m more intolerant than you’ pissing contest isn’t even about Murfreesboro anymore; a 2010 redrawing of election maps put the community center and mosque in another district.

 

Chaos Predicted in Philadelphia for Election

A Philadelphia official said that confusion over Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law “is likely to cause chaos at many polling places in Philadelphia, including longer-than-usual lines and shorter tempers as more voters are forced to choose between casting a provisional ballot and not being able to vote,” the AP reports.

Said deputy city commissioner Jorge Santana: “I’m anticipating a mess on Election Day. I anticipate a lot of problems, a lot of tension, a lot of stress on the voters.”

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