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Newslinks for Monday April 2: Obama's lead in swing states grows but GOP still have big advantage on economy

Posted on 04/02/2012

"President Obama has opened the first significant lead of the 2012 campaign in the nation's dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women to his side."

  • Romney responds: We have to 'take our message to the women of America' - Politico
  • Romney 'out of touch' with the middle class, says Biden - LA Times

49% Trust Republicans on Economy, 38% Trust Democrats More

336x321xVotersTrustGOP03372.jpg.pagespeed.ic.8B1O7fJ9M1"As they have for nearly three years now, voters trust Republicans more than Democrats when it comes to handling the economy, by far  the top issue on a list of 10 regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.  They put slightly more trust in Democrats on health care, the second most important issue." - Fox

"For three years now, voters have widely preferred Republican approaches on the economy, as well as national security, taxes and immigration" - PowerLine

Santorum compares Romney to McCain

"Rick Santorum fought Sunday to downplay Mitt Romney's growing list of endorsements from Republican Party figures, dismissing the support as the work of an "establishment" pushing the party to nominate another "moderate" just like John McCain in 2008." - Fox

Jonathan Tobin wonders if Santorum's real focus is 2016: "Listening to Santorum in recent days, it occurs to me that perhaps he thinks it is more important to be able to say “I told you so” in the event of a Romney loss in the general election than to be a “team player” during the primary endgame"

Rick Santorum faces a likely triple loss Tuesday night, in Wisconsin, Maryland and DC - WSJ

  • Nate Silver questions Romney's wisdom in bigging up expectations of Wisconsin victory

Santorum often picks the wrong battles is the wrong person to represent social conservatives or Republicans - Ramesh Ponnuru for NRO

Every Bush has endorsed Romney, except George W

Bush George W Bush 2"His absence is no accident. The Republican Party has done everything in its power to separate itself from its former leader, who left office with abysmally low approval ratings that helped boost President Obama to a decisive White House win." - National Journal

  • No big endorsements left to tip race - USA Today

Chris Cillizza: Romney's VP will be Christie, Jindal or Rubio

"Mitt Romney won’t make his vice presidential pick for a few months yet. But if history is any guide, we already know who he will choose: a conservative... The key is that the pick would have to be considered a conservative by conservatives’ own standards — someone with the record and the temperament to placate any lingering doubts about Romney. It would have to be someone whom conservatives would be genuinely excited about. Three people currently mentioned in the great process that is the vice presidential sweepstakes fit that description to a T: Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie." - Washington Post

  • "Will it matter to Tea Party members that several of their most visible spokesmen have endorsed Romney? We may have a better idea from exit polls Tuesday night. Romney may well get the nomination without strong backing of rank-and-file Tea Party members, but it’s hard to imagine him getting elected without their enthusiasm. After all, it was on the strength of the Tea Party and other conservatives that Republicans won historic gains in the 2010 midterm elections." - Weekly Standard

RubioRomney needs to pick Hispanic running-mate, say GOP strategists

"Hispanics are by far the fastest-growing segment of the population and are a key voting bloc in many swing states including Florida, Nevada and New Mexico" - The Hill

Republicans consider how they can boost support among Hispanics

"Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) is developing a scaled-back version of the Dream Act, which would allow people brought to the U.S. as children to gain legal status, but not citizenship, if they enroll in college or the military. Several Senate Republicans have signed on to bipartisan legislation aimed at broadening access to the legal immigrant visa system." - WSJ

Walker scott 2"Republicans will have a better chance at capturing Wisconsin in November thanks to the campaign they’re waging now to keep Gov. Scott Walker in office, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus argues in a memo set for release Monday" - Politico

  • Wisconsin Democrats Face Divisive Primary in Advance of Fight Against Walker - Hotline
  • Romney, Santorum back Scott Walker at Wisconsin GOP dinner - MSNBC

A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid - Jim Geraghty at NRO looks at the competitive states, one-by-one

Roy Blunt seeks better GOP messaging, especially use of new media - Roll Call

  • It's not just about the power of big money this November. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools are giving the electorate a competitive voice this election cycle - Mark McKinnon for the Daily Beast

The left has taken to mau-mauing the Supreme Court Justices by saying that if they overturn the healthcare mandate they'll be acting like political partisans - WSJ editorial

  • If the Court overturns Obamacare, Obama may be tempted to attack the court. He should beware - Michael Barone for RCP
  • E J Dionne can't believe that conservatives who once complained about judicial over-reach are ready to welcome Supreme Court overturning ObamaCare mandate - Washington Post 
  • Jay Nordlinger at NRO puts him straight: " For years, conservatives have griped about interference by the courts. And now they’re hoping that a handful of unelected, black-robed individuals will do their work for them?” Oh, come on: What we’ve objected to, all these years, is judicial activism — judge-made law. The usurpation of the legislative role by judges. We have not, to my knowledge, objected to the striking down of unconstitutional laws. We are not hostile to a separation of powers. We likes us our checks and balances. Okay?"
  • The Individual Mandate's Growth In Unpopularity - NPR

John Bolton attacks Obama for open mic comment to Russian leader - Washington Post

What William F. Buckley Would Think of Today’s GOP - Geoffrey Kabaservice for TNR

And finally... Paul Ryan and campaign staff play April Fool on Romney - introducing him to an empty hall - WSJ

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