Newslinks for Tuesday April 24: Romney and Rubio campaign together in sign of things to come?Posted on 04/24/2012
- "Over the weekend, Marco Rubio went mum. Again" - Robert Costa for NRO
- Redistricting further reduces number of swing contest, favoring incumbents - USA Today
The conservative groups that helped Republicans win the House in 2010 are pouring $100m this year into an aggressive campaign to capture the Senate - New York Times
- Senators find ways of bypassing earmarks ban - Roll Call
Romney urged to pick Condoleezza Rice as running mate - National Journal
Christie may overshadow Romney as running mate - TIME
"The decision you make as a presidential candidate on who your running mate is going to be is the first presidential-level decision the public sees you make" - Politico reports Dick Cheney urging Romney to choose a running mate who can be president regardless of their gender, ethnicity or state
- Rubio is latest possible running mate to join Romney on the campaign trail - New York Times
- "The vice president is one of the only executive officials in the administration whom the president cannot get rid of during an initial term. Presidents can fire the entire Cabinet, replace all the generals, divorce a spouse and disown a child, but they have no power to act against the vice president. It is a choice that presidents have to live with — and sometimes, live down." - LA Times
- On average since 1920, the VP candidate has produced a net gain of only about two percentage points for the top of the ticket in his home state - Nate Silver
Charlie Cook: This race is close, very close
"Even though presumptive nominee Mitt Romney has spent the last year and a half almost exclusively focused on currying favor with his party’s conservative base—quite often antagonizing other voters, including independents and swing voters—this race is very close. The RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows a lead for President Obama of 3.1 percentage points, 47.6 percent to 44.5 percent. The Huffpost Pollster estimate is 2.2 percentage points, 47 percent to 44.8 percent." - Charlie Cook for the National Journal
President Obama sets off on a two-day tour of college campuses Tuesday to tout a plan to keep student loans more affordable - NPR
- Romney took the rare step of agreeing with the president that interest rates on new federally subsidized student loans, which are set to double to 6.8% from 3.4% this summer, should be temporarily frozen at the lower rate - Wall Street Journal
- Dems Still in Denial on Entitlements Doom - Commentary
Michael Patrick Leahy, co-founder of The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition: “Absolutely, the tea party can and will support Mitt Romney in the general election, and with great energy in the door-to-door ground game” - Daily Caller
Ron Paul vows to campaign despite Romney lead - USA Today
"Five Northeastern states hold their primaries today: New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut will each hold contests, with a total of 231 delegates at stake" - ABC
- "A Gingrich victory in Delaware would bestow 15 minutes of attention on the former Speaker, and 30 minutes of embarrassment on Romney. It would then be forgotten." - PowerLine
- The Washington Examiner notes that Romney is picking up a good number of endorsements from Delaware Republicans.
- But MSNBC and CBS say Gingrich has hinted he may drop out of race this week.
Will Democrats paint Romney as hollow or extreme?
Democrats pivot "from casting [Romney] as a hollow man who “lacks a core” to casting him as someone who's been sticking to a conservative, even extreme line for a while now on, among other issues, immigration, women's health care, and the Ryan budget plan, which he recently declared “marvelous.”" - TNR
Palin attacks on Obama lack a grasp of facts - DeWayne Wickham for USA Today
Obama suffers more negative press than GOP, Pew study shows - LA Times
Obama expected to side-step comment on North Carolina's far-reaching proposal to amend the state constitution to ban civil unions and domestic partnerships - Washington Post
Krauthammer on Syria: Obama hasn't lifted a finger, he gives a lot of good speeches - Fox
Resources are limited. Cost-benefit analysis can inform our environmental decisions - Bjorn Lomborg for Wall Street Journal
The power of the "second chance" - John J Dilulio on Christianity's great message for public policy - Wall Street Journal
At Shadow Government Will Inboden looks at Colson's foreign policy legacy: "Colson and like-minded leaders formed a coalition that achieved some notable policy and legislative successes. Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the State Department offices of International Religious Freedom, Trafficking in Persons, Global Aids Coordinator, Special Envoy for Sudan, and North Korea Human Rights would not exist today without Colson's work in generating support for their creation. In the process, Colson and his cohort helped raise the awareness of American evangelicals about a broader set of global issues beyond their traditional domestic social concerns."
Washington can expect an unwelcome return to the Jacques Chirac years if Hollande wins - American Spectator
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