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Newslinks for Tuesday Feb 28: Romney pivots from social message, back to economy

Posted on 02/28/2012

VIDEO: Romney ad questions whether Santorum really is a conservative with "courage"

Romney returns to core economic message

ROMNEY MITT"Romney is dropping his recent focus on social issues and returning to his core message on the economy. After two weeks of talking about abortion, religious liberty and gay marriage to appeal to recalcitrant GOP conservatives ahead of Tuesday’s Michigan and Arizona primaries, Romney is signaling that he will leave those hot-button subjects to to the rival campaign of Rick Santorum in the upcoming states." - Washington Post

  • "Romney must give some evidence — visiting, say, a low-income health clinic or a gang-occupied school — that his hand has touched, that his retina has registered, the hurt and hardship of another America" - Mike Gerson in the Washington Post
  • Santorum, Romney spar over economy ahead of Michigan primary - NPR
  • "There is a compelling case that individuals require a certain material minimum to ensure that their economic liberties have real worth. If Mr Santorum's cuts would leave Americans below that threshold, they would amount to an assault on the economic freedom of the disadvantaged." - Economist

Screen Shot 2012-02-28 at 11.51.31Michigan is too close to call: Romney leads by 2 points in polls by Rasmussen and Public Policy Polling, while Santorum leads by 2 points in the latest Mitchell-Rosetta Stone survey - The Hill

  • Santorum reaches out to Democratic voters in Michigan - WSJ
  • The intensity is with Santorum says Bill Kristol but Byron York thinks Santorum - "with little staff and little organization" - is winging it.
  • ""This sure has been fun these last 10 days or so. We've started out what 15 points down in the polls; now we are leading in the polls. Thank you, guys," Romney said." - USA Today
  • A defeat for Romney in Michigan could reset the Republican race - New York Times
  • "The stakes are very high, particularly for Romney. A failure to achieve anything other than the top spot in the state where his dad was governor for three terms could prove to be a dramatic momentum killer -- enabling Santorum to bolster his argument that Romney is far from the presumptive GOP nominee." - Fox

Polls split on how Romney, Santorum perform against Obama in swing states, with voters - Weekly Standard

Obama weighs in after Santorum calls him a 'snob' - LA Times | Washington Times

  • "We have found out that Santorum believes he is on a mission from God, that he doesn’t believe in public education, doesn’t believe in the separation of church and state, that he doesn’t believe in contraception and that Satan has somehow possessed a bunch of people that he disagrees with. He sounds like our Founding Fathers." - John Feehery for The Hill

Libertarians should vote for Gingrich says Bob Barr - Daily Caller

Walker ScottScott Walker attacks $9m cost of "frivolous recall election"

"“It’s a huge distraction not just for me, but the legislature. It’s $9 million of taxpayer money just to run this,” said Walker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Think about the number of kids, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million we didn’t have to waste on this frivolous recall election.” - Politico

  • Democrats target corruption in Walker's office in first recall ad - Politico

Warren Buffett shot back at Christie Christie in a CNBC interview today, after the New Jersey governor told CNN's Piers Morgan last week that Buffett should "write a check and shut up" because he's "tired" of hearing the billionaire investor talk about how he's not paying enough in taxes - USA Today

Brooks_New-articleInlineDavid Brooks: The Republican establishment has failed to confront the party's extremists

"Where have these party leaders been over the past five years, when all the forces that distort the G.O.P. were metastasizing? Where were they during the rise of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? Where were they when Arizona passed its beyond-the-fringe immigration law? Where were they in the summer of 2011 when the House Republicans rejected even the possibility of budget compromise? They were lying low, hoping the unpleasantness would pass." - David Brooks in the New York Times

A BBC documentary on the Republican Party...

"The American primaries - Justin Webb explores what they reveal about the state of the right in the US. Is the Republican party really split? Has a radical wing taken over? What does the American right offer in the post financial crisis world - that might enthuse Americans and perhaps the rest of us too? And is the party ready to lead again?" Access via this page.

The number of Americans who say they strongly approve of Obama has been creeping up, but that group has not exceeded 30% in more than a year - PowerLine

  • "With Republicans playing a lot of offense in gubernatorial races this year, contesting several states where the president is likely to lose in November, the head of the Republican Governors Association is advising Republican candidates to tie thier Democratic opponents to the White House" - Hotline

The contraceptives battle is a fight Democrats are perfectly pleased to have - New York Times

Jennifer Granholm's message to Republicans: "The version of Republicanism you are offering is a gift to Democrats looking for recruits. The anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-Latino, anti-Muslim, anti-Europe (particularly the French and the Greeks), anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-99 percent and now anti-college graduate rhetoric enables us to eagerly welcome your castoffs into the Democratic Party — where inclusivity is celebrated and their contributions are welcome." - Politico

"59% of moderate Republicans support gay unions; 63% of independents do. Those voters might be sympathetic to a candidate who opposes civil unions, but they will be strongly against someone who tells them their position on the issue makes them part of the country’s moral collapse." - TIME

  • At NRO Thomas Sowell says the GOP candidates are too focused on peripheral issues

Word leaked Monday that former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) is strongly reconsidering a comeback Senate bid in Nebraska - Roll Call

The Obama administration says it will not change its strategy of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan despite anti-American violence - The Hill

  • These Republicans are inflaming the situation in Afghanistan by criticizing Obama for apologizing, says Hillary Clinton - HotAir

"The overthrow of the Assad regime will not automatically end the country’s civil war. More likely, that will reverse the dynamic, with Alawites and other rebels next fighting a Sunni Islamist regime" - Daniel Pipes for NRO

Why is school prayer only allowed during tragedies? - Todd Starnes for Fox

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