POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 8/9

Romney Ad Bashing Obama in Ohio Used Oklahoma Footage

Mitt Romney’s campaign released an advertisement last week accusing President Obama of failing Ohio car dealerships.

But the Huffington Post notes one problem: The ad appears to show stock footage of Oklahoma.

 

Americans Don’t Like the Political Media

A new Daily Kos/SEIU poll finds that 78% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the political media, as compared to 10% who have a favorable view.

 

Conflicting Polls in Hawaii

There are two polls of Saturday’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate nomination in Hawaii which show different leaders.

Benenson Strategy Group poll shows Mazie Hirono (D) leading Ed Case (D) by double-digits, 50% to 33%.

However, a new Civil Beat poll shows Case slightly ahead, 47% to 46%.

 

Thompson Leads GOP Primary in Wisconsin

A new Marquette University Law School poll in Wisconsin finds Tommy Thompson (R) leading next week’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate with 33%, followed by Eric Hovde (R) at 24%, Mark Neumann (R) at 21% and Jeff Fitzgerald (R) at 15%.

 

Spokesperson Cites Romneycare

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul “offered an unusual counterattack to an ad in which a laid-off steelworker blames the presumptive GOP nominee for his family losing health care: If that family had lived in Massachusetts, it would have been covered by the former governor’s universal health care law,” Politico reports.

Said Saul: “To that point, if people had been in Massachusetts, under Governor Romney’s health care plan, they would have had health care.”

Sarah Kliff: “That’s how things would have worked..under Romneycare. And its how things will work, for the rest of the country in two years from now — if Obamacare does not get repealed.”

Erick Erickson says conservatives have gotten the message: “Consider the scab picked, the wound opened, and the distrust trickling out again.”

 

Thompson Drops for Fifty

Tommy Thompson (R), the oldest guy in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race, “recently boasted that he does 100 push-ups a day — 50 in the morning and another 50 later in the day,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

“So when Thompson visited the Journal Sentinel to speak with the editorial board, we couldn’t resist asking him for a demonstration. Thompson loosened his tie, took off his suit coat, emptied his pockets and slipped off his shoes. Then he braced his feet against the wall — admittedly a bit of a crutch — and ripped off 50 push-ups in under a minute.”

 

County GOP Chair Called Obama Supporter Retarded

Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey made a joke at a Republican election night party equating President Obama’s supporters with the mentally disabled, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Said Roddey: “There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.'”

According to the report, “the crowd hollered and clapped.”

 

Quote of the Day

“We’ll know soon enough.”

— Tim Pawlenty, quoted by ABC News, when asked if he’ll return to Michigan “when you’re vice president.”

 

Presidential Race Deadlocked Among Over-50 Voters

A new AARP poll of voters over 50 finds President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied at 45% with the group. However, Obama gets just a 42% to 49% approval rating among them.

As First Read notes, 91% believe “Social Security is critical to the economic security of seniors” and “the next president and Congress need to strengthen Social Security so that it is able to provide retirement security for future generations.” (That includes about three-quarters of Romney voters.) And on Medicare: 95% say “Medicare is critical to maintaining the health of seniors” and 88% say the next president and Congress “need to strengthen Medicare so that it is able to provide health coverage in retirement for future generations.”

 

Obama Increases Lead Despite Voter Pessimism

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds President Obama has expanded his lead over Mitt Romney, 49% to 42%, even though nearly two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction.

“The results of the monthly poll – in which a majority of voters agreed that the economy is the most important problem facing the United States – suggest that the Obama campaign’s efforts to paint Romney as being out of touch with the concerns of middle-class Americans could be preventing the Republican from gaining momentum in the race.”

Said pollster Chris Jackson: “The overall ‘right track, wrong track’ is worse than last month — the news hasn’t been great lately. But Obama seems to be, to some extent, inoculated against some of the worst of that.”

Meanwhile, a new DailyKos/Public Policy Polling survey shows Obama leading 48% to 46%.

 

Inslee and McKenna Head to November Showdown

Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) easily advanced to the general election in yesterday’s blanket gubernatorial primary in Washington, “setting up what promises to be one of the top gubernatorial contests in the country,” the Seattle Times reports.

Inslee led in the vote count with about 47% to McKenna’s 43%. Both men easily outpaced seven lesser-known rivals.

First Read notes the blanket primary “isn’t the best way to judge what will happen in November, because the electorates are different. But still, Democrats have to feel good about last night’s result in Washington.”

 

Kaine Barely Ahead in Virginia

A new Quinnipiac poll in Virginia finds Tim Kaine (D) just ahead of George Allen in the U.S. Senate race, 48% to 46%.

 

Republicans Split Over Prospect of Ryan as Veep

Politico: “As Mitt Romney’s vice presidential selection nears and buzz about Rep. Paul Ryan’s prospects builds, a split is emerging among Republicans about whether the choice of the House Budget chairman and architect of the party’s controversial tax and spending plan would be a daring plus for the ticket or a miscalculation that would turn a close election into a referendum on Medicare.”

“Ryan advocates… believe Romney will lose if he doesn’t make a more assertive case for his candidacy and that selecting the 42-year-old wonky golden boy would sound a clarion call to the electorate about the sort of reforms the presumptive GOP nominee wants to bring to Washington…”

“Their opposites, pragmatic-minded Republican strategists and elected officials, believe that to select Ryan is to hand President Obama’s campaign a twin-edged blade, letting the incumbent slash Romney on the Wisconsin congressman’s Medicare proposal and carve in the challenger a scarlet ‘C’ for the unpopular Congress.”

 

Romney’s Popularity Stays Very Low

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll finds Mitt Romney is laboring under the lowest personal popularity ratings for a presidential nominee in midsummer election-year polls back to 1984.

Just 40% of Americans overall view Romney favorably, 49% unfavorably – leaving him underwater, at least numerically, in 10 straight polls this year. A new high of 30% now see him “strongly” unfavorably, nearly double his strongly favorable score.

“Romney’s inability to gain on Obama since then may be a sign that his image has been damaged by summer stumbles, including new attention on his tax returns and an overseas trip that included several gaffes.”

 

Romney Ahead in Colorado, Obama in Wisconsin and Virgina

The latest Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News polls in selected battleground states:

Wisconsin: Obama 51%, Romney 45%

Colorado: Romney 50%, Obama 45%

Virginia: Obama 49%, Romney 45%

“Combined with the surveys last week in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the new state polls paint a portrait of an electorate that has largely made up its mind but sees both candidates as having vulnerabilities — giving each side opportunities to exploit.”

Update: A new Rasmussen survey shows Obama leading in Virginia by 48% to 46% and a new Marquette Law School poll shows Obama leading in Wisconsin by 50% to 45%.

 

Akin Wins GOP Nomination in Missouri

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) solidly won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to face Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in November, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

National Journal notes McCaskill remains an underdog in her reelection, but she got the opponent she wanted in Akin. She had said she would label whatever Republican candidate won last night’s primary as an extremist, “but she and her campaign clearly believe Akin gives them their best chance to do so successfully.”

 

“Are You Better Off?” Frames the Election

Wall Street Journal: “Are you better off than you were four years ago? Ronald Reagan’s famous question to voters in his 1980 campaign now looms over the 2012 presidential election.”

“The November vote is likely to turn on whether more Americans credit President Obama for averting financial catastrophe — a main assertion of his campaign — or blame him for a disappointingly weak recovery, the central message of Republican rival Mitt Romney.”

 

Clay Wins Battle with Fellow Democrat

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) won a resounding primary victory over Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO), the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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