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Newslinks for Tuesday April 3: RNC and Romney to start joint fundraising as inevitability becomes clear

Posted on 04/03/2012

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Romney’s subtle shift to general election mode

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"To watch Mitt Romney campaign across Wisconsin the past few days has been to wonder whether the Republican primary is still going on... He overhauled his rhetoric about President Obama and offered a new slogan: “Obama’s Government-Centered Society.” He auditioned a potential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has developed chemistry with Romney over four straight days together on the campaign trail. And Romney hinted at how he hopes to smooth over his positions on issues such as birth control and immigration to win over voters this fall." - Washington Post

  • Wisconsin primary looms large for Romney, larger for Santorum - CNN
  • Why does Wisconsin matter? - Hot Air

In a new sign the Republican establishment accepts Romney has won, the RNC and Mitt will start general election fundraising together

Screen shot 2011-06-21 at 08.45.59"The arrangement will allow top donors to write checks as large as $75,000 per person, by giving to party organizations in addition to the campaign. That's far more than the $2,500 ceiling that applies to individual donations to a presidential candidate for the fall election. The move reflects a general clamor within the party to begin amassing the funds needed to compete with Mr. Obama's fundraising operation, Romney and RNC advisers said." - WSJ

Romney stands to gain 50 delegates in Maryland and DC

"Coupled with Mr. Romney’s almost-certain victory in the District of Columbia — which awards its 16 pledged delegates on a winner-take-all basis and where Mr. Santorum is not on the ballot — Mr. Romney could gain about 50 delegates on Tuesday night before even factoring in the tally in Wisconsin." - Nate Silver

Rick's last stand? He leads by 6% in home state Pennsylvania

Santorum after Nevada"Favorite Son Rick Santorum leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 41 - 35 percent among likely voters in Pennsylvania's Republican presidential primary, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul has 10 percent, with 7 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. "

  • Santorum defies mounting pressure to bow out - Washington Post
  • Santorum: Convention floor fight would be 'energizing' for GOP - The Hill

Rubio as VP has become such conventional wisdom that there will be hard feelings if he isn't picked

Rubio"[A]mong many national Republicans, Rubio is the obvious choice for Romney. They argue he’s the perfect complement to the wealthy former governor of Massachusetts, noting that he his rise to prominence as the child of immigrants from Cuba embodies the American dream. He's also a popular politician in a swing state... “If Gov. Romney selects another principled conservative to serve as VP, and is gracious in doing so, I think even Sen. Rubio's biggest cheerleaders will understand,” said one Republican strategist close to Rubio. “But if Sen. Rubio is passed up, or not even asked, in favor of someone that is uninspiring or ‘safe’ I think there will be a lot of tough questions.“" - BuzzFeed

Newt hopes to use his delegates to push for a more conservative platform in November

Meet Newt 9"Gingrich says he will now focus his efforts on persuading GOP delegates to adopt a series of platform proposals that will hold Romney to conservative positions. "The delegates are well to the right of Romney," Gingrich says. "That doesn't mean they necessarily want to buck Romney, but I do think they may well say to Romney, 'It would really be good for you to run as a genuine conservative.' ... I don't think he'll have any support in the conservative movement unless he accepts a conservative platform."" - Washington Examiner

Ron Paul focuses on California colleges - USA Today

  • Ron Paul: “I haven’t decided” whether I’ll support Mitt Romney if he’s the nominee - Hot Air

SC Gov Nikki Haley credits Hillary Clinton as an inspiration - USA Today

Spending by super PACs, outside groups tops $100M

Screen shot 2011-06-26 at 08.42.07"A new analysis by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics shows spending by super PACs, political parties and other outside groups such as unions is nearly $100.1 million through Monday. The latest figures dwarf the outside spending in the 2008 and 2010 elections made over the same period. Much of the money pays for independent expenditures, the ads and mailers that expressly advocate for the election or defeat of a candidate." - USA Today

Obama: Paul Ryan budget plan is 'Trojan horse' - Politico

Obama says health care law is constitutional

Obama at lecturn""In accordance with precedents out there, it is constitutional," Obama said of the 2010 Affordable Care and Prevention Act passed by congressional Democrats with no Republican support. "That's not just my opinion, by the way, that's the opinion of legal experts across the ideological spectrum, including two very conservative appellate court justices that said this wasn't even a close case."" - CNN

Obama warns against 'judicial activism'

  • "In his first comments on the court's historic oral arguments last week, Obama said a decision to reverse the actions of Congress would be "judicial activism," which conservatives usually oppose." - USA Today
  • "President Barack Obama has joined a growing number of Democratic lawmakers, left-leaning commentators and progressive activists who are warning the Supreme Court on the health care law: Don’t you dare overturn it." - Politico
  • Romney mocks: "Isn't this wonderful to finally have a liberal talking about judicial activism? I think we can come together on this. We've been concerned about judicial activism for years and years and years." - The Hill

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