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Newslinks for Tuesday March 27: Rick Santorum takes his campaign to the Supreme Court to protest Obamacare

Posted on 03/27/2012

Rick Santorum takes his campaign to the Supreme Court to protest Obamacare

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"Framing the legal challenge to the 2010 health care law as a question of "basic liberty in our society," Santorum said Romney lacks credibility in opposing health care reform because he implemented a similar system in Massachusetts when he was governor. "There is one candidate in this race who can actually make the contrast that is necessary between the Republican position -- the conservative position ... and one that (President) Barack Obama believes in -- and that's Rick Santorum," the former Pennsylvania senator told reporters." - CNN

Most Americans don't want the Supreme Court to completely overturn Obamacare - CNN

  • Universal coverage is a worthy goal. Decentralized competition is the way to make it affordable - David Brooks

Supreme Court signals it won't punt on ObamaCare decision

Supreme_court_building"One thing was clear out of the Supreme Court's opening session Monday on the federal health care overhaul -- the justices are eager to issue a ruling, and unlikely to punt. The anticipation over how the court might rule on the merits of the law will have to wait another day, as the justices revealed very little about their views during opening arguments. What came out of the day's 90-minute session -- the first of three days covering four unique challenges -- is that the justices are poised to decide this year on the constitutional validity of the controversial law." - Fox News

  • Why the Supreme Court should rule on Obamacare - Washington Examiner
  • Howard Dean predicts Supreme Court will declare individual mandate unconstitutional - Daily Caller

Romney slams Obama for open mic comments

Romney on Fox"Mitt Romney slammed President Obama's comments about having "flexibility" after the general election, saying the remarks captured on an open microphone represent "an alarming and troubling development." ... Romney, campaigning today in California, said Obama's words to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would be freer to deal with missile defense after the November election are "revealing."" - USA Today

  • Romney: Obama's exchange with Medvedev a 'troubling development' - LA Times
  • Republicans call on Obama to clarify comment on missile defense 'flexibility' - Fox News
  • Obama clarifies hot mic comment made to Russian president - LA Times

Despite delegate math, Santorum and Gingrich remain steadfast

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"“There is no obligation to concede it to him,” Gingrich said. “If he can win it, more power to him.  If he doesn't win it, then June, July and August become very interesting months." ... Rick Santorum, speaking on the same program, said that while he disagrees with the delegate math that suggests that he has no path to the nomination, the “likelihood” is that no candidate will accumulate enough delegates by the time the voting contests conclude. “This race is going to -- is in all likelihood going to go to the convention,” he said." - LA Times

  • "Lindsey Graham (R) on Sunday criticized Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich for suggesting the U.S. might need to accelerate its withdrawal from Afghanistan and said his fellow GOP contenders should listen to the advice of military brass on the war" - The Hill

Santorum: 'Of course' I'd consider being Romney's running mate

""Of course," Santorum said, when asking whether he'd consider being Romney's running mate." This is the most important race in our country's history. I'm going to do everything I can," he said. "We know their future and all of our children's future is at stake in this election, and I don't want to be the guy who has to sit with my granddaughter 20 years from now and tell stories about an America where people once were free. I don't want to have that conversation."" - Fox News

Romney's lead hasn't convinced many of GOP's unpledged delegates

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"According to a CNN survey of the unpledged RNC delegates, only 39 of them have chosen to endorse any candidate. Thirty-four are for Romney, three for Gingrich and two for Rick Santorum. No unpledged delegates have endorsed Ron Paul." - CNN

  • "Mitt Romney will be rounding up donors in the traditionally Democratic strongholds of Hollywood and Silicon Valley this week, in an attempt to maintain his fundraising momentum and lay the groundwork for the delegate-rich California primary in June" - FT

Candidates will use this week for fundraising

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.37.50"With no primaries until early April, candidates are using this off week to solicit funds and solidify support. Mitt Romney will attend several fundraisers in the Los Angeles area Tuesday, and also appear on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."" - CNN

"In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state." - National Journal

Romney wins support of tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee - Daily Caller

Senate GOP allows bill repealing tax breaks for oil, with a catch

Screen shot 2011-09-24 at 5.36.55 PM"In an unusual but calculated political move, Senate Republicans declined to block a Democratic bill that would repeal tax breaks for oil companies --  choosing instead to launch a floor debate on the legislation as a way to showcase the Keystone XL pipeline and other GOP proposals aimed at curbing sky-high gas prices." - LA Times

Highway bill: House GOP delays vote

"House Republican plans to pass a three-month extension of the surface transportation law fell apart Monday as it became clear that the leadership didn't have the votes to move the bill... Likely leadership will regroup and instead use a rule to bring the bill to the floor, which requires a simple majority to pass." - Politico

Democrat Mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, refuses to endorse Elizabeth Warren for Senate against Republican Scott Brown

“I’m not with anybody at this time. I’m not involved in the campaign. I’ve got a lot of things I’m trying to do in the City of Boston, honestly. I haven’t even focused on the election.” - CBS Boston

Jonah Goldberg: The comfortable way is to blame Trayvon Martin's death on 'the system,' and 'the system' is a white thing - LA Times

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