More fallout from the gay marriage thing?
Mitt Romney has moved out to an eight-point lead over President Obama in North Carolina after the two men were virtually tied a month ago.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Tar Heel State shows the putative Republican nominee earning 51% of the vote to Obama’s 43%. Two percent (2%) like some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
This is why Obama is suddenly attacking Romney on his time at Bain:
A new national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters trust Romney more than Obama when it comes the economy, while 39% trust the president more. Ten percent (10%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Frank VanderSloot is the CEO of Melaleuca Inc. The 63-year-old has run that wellness-products company for 26 years out of tiny Idaho Falls, Idaho. Last August, Mr. VanderSloot gave $1 million to Restore Our Future, the Super PAC that supports Mitt Romney.
Three weeks ago, an Obama campaign website, “Keeping GOP Honest,” took the extraordinary step of publicly naming and assailing eight private citizens backing Mr. Romney. Titled “Behind the curtain: a brief history of Romney’s donors,” the post accused the eight of being “wealthy individuals with less-than-reputable records.” Mr. VanderSloot was one of the eight, smeared particularly as being “litigious, combative and a bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows Mitt Romney earning 50% of the vote and President Obama attracting 43% support. Four percent (4%) would vote for a third party candidate, while another three percent (3%) are undecided.
Yesterday, the Washington Post published a story about Mitt Romney supposedly bullying a presumably gay student when he was in high school, way back in 1965 (nearly 50 years ago). Today, that story is falling apart and causing a lot of questions the WaPo might find uncomfortable.
One thing I’ve learned in years of debating lefties (going back to the pre-internet days when modems required phone lines and connected to services like CompuServe) is that most lefties have very little in the way of a sense of humor, and so ridicule is a very effective tactic against them.
Mitt Romney this evening, speaking to a group of high-dollar donors at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, poked fun at President Obama’s newly unveiled campaign slogan, “Forward,” remarking, “Forward, what, over the cliff?”
National Journal reports this as if it was a new concept:
For the second time in three days, Mitt Romney invoked the name of Jimmy Carter as part of an ongoing attempt to tie President Obama to the one-term Democratic president.
Speaking at a small female-owned company that designs trade shows and museum exhibits, Romney argued that the president’s lack of private-sector experience has led to policies that are making it difficult for small businesses to thrive.
“It was the most anti-small-business administration I’ve seen probably since Carter,” Romney told an overflow crowd packed into the company’s warehouse. “Who would’ve guessed we’d look back at the Carter years as the good ol’ days, you know?”
Thus ends Newt’s campaign, with an offer to campaign for Mitt:
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, on the eve of suspending his roller coaster presidential bid, said in an interview with USA TODAY that he will embrace Mitt Romney’s candidacy Wednesday and is ready to campaign for his former rival.
“He might be able to convince me. He’s a convincing guy, but I really love this job. I really want to stay in this job,” NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) said to a group of students today.
“Do I really look like the vice presidential type? You know? Sitting behind him at the State of the Union going (clapping). I don’t think that’s me. I think it’s unlikely,” Christie said.
Look who’s sounding more Presidential than the President himself:
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama to not let the killing of Osama bin Laden become a “politically divisive event.”
Romney says Obama can rightfully take credit for bin Laden’s downfall. But he says it was “very disappointing for the president to try to make this a political item” by suggesting he wouldn’t have ordered the raid, saying, “Of course I would have.”
This one fails the laugh test miserably.
Speaking to reporters a day before the first anniversary, Obama took issue with the notion that his administration has tried to politicize the issue
“I hardly think you’ve seen any excessive celebration taking place here,” Obama said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Noda.
“I think the American people remember rightly what we as a country accomplished in bringing to justice someone who killed 3,000 of our citizens.”
This “trap” looks like it’ll work about as well as the Hooded Claw’s endless traps to catch Penelope Pitstop:
Senate Democrats are planning a new ploy to put Mitt Romney and Republicans on the defensive with female voters.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring to the floor in coming weeks legislation to protect women from retaliation by employers if they inquire about salaries paid to male colleagues
Republicans voted in unison to block the bill, the Paycheck Fairness Act, when it came to the floor in November of 2010.
All you need to do to get on Obama’s enemies list is to donate to Romney… then he’ll publish your name publicly and call you names:
Richard Nixon’s “enemies list” appalled the country for the simple reason that presidents hold a unique trust. Unlike senators or congressmen, presidents alone represent all Americans. Their powers—to jail, to fine, to bankrupt—are also so vast as to require restraint. Any president who targets a private citizen for his politics is de facto engaged in government intimidation and threats. This is why presidents since Nixon have carefully avoided the practice.
Save Mr. Obama, who acknowledges no rules. This past week, one of his campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”
The Obama Campaign wants to portray Mitt Romney as a rich fat cat with a Swiss bank account (which he closed in 2010), but that’s nothing compared to the help Obama is getting from one of the most prominent and wealthy Swiss bankers.
Robert Wolf is president of Swiss financial giant UBS Investment Bank and chairman of UBS Americas. He has been one of Obama’s most prolific fundraisers dating back to 2006, when the former Senator from Illinois initiated his run for the White House.
Wolf has bundled more than $500,000 for the president’s reelection, campaign records show. He is but one of many wealthy bankers Obama has turned to in an effort to win a second term.
The line is probably one of the most important for Reagan’s victory over Jimmy Carter: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?“
“Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change,” Romney says in his remarks. “But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?”
In an homage to the political mantra of Ronald Reagan – “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” – Romney sought to appeal to average Americans.
We’re still learning just how much of a disaster Hilary Rosen’s off-the-cuff comments are going to be for the Obama Campaign. Seems that her comments are hurting Obama’s standing with women, if this Hill Poll is correct:
Forty-nine percent of likely voters said the presumptive GOP presidential nominee respects women who have independent careers, while 27 percent said he doesn’t and 24 percent weren’t sure.
When asked if President Obama respects women who stay at home rather than pursue a career, 37 percent of likely voters said he doesn’t and 35 percent said he does. Twenty-nine percent were unsure.
Romney’s hitting Obama hard on one of the many areas that he’s vulnerable: the Keystone XL pipeline and the gas prices it would drive down.
Mitt Romney drew a line in the oil sands on Friday, focusing on the controversial Keystone pipeline project opposed by the White House and saying, “I will build that pipeline if I have to myself.”
Romney blasted Obama on a range of policies during a speech to the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s National Meeting in Arizona, but singled out the controversial project that would route Canadian oil sands south to Gulf Coast refineries.
That’s not coming from an American pundit, but from Britain’s Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden:
Romney may be a wealthy, somewhat aloof blue blood from Massachusetts but he is no John Kerry. Indeed, the central part of his biography – the turnaround businessman – is almost ideally suited to this election, which is likely to be a transactional one in which voters ask: “Who can best deal with this economy?”