Newslinks for Wednesday April 25: Romney kicks off general election campaignPosted on 04/25/2012
Romney kicks off the general election campaign after five straight victories in latest primary votes...
"Arguing that Obama has failed in office, he added, “Because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions and distractions and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time — but not here and not now.” Then, in a twist on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign message, he added, “It’s still about the economy, and we’re not stupid.”" - Washington Post | LA Times
- Mitt Romney throws Bill Clinton's 'economy stupid' dictum back in Barack Obama's face - Toby Harnden
Full text of Romney's "New Campaign" speech - Wall Street Journal
"The bedrock strategy for this post-primary Romney is to be aggressive. “This new phase of the campaign is marked by more direct engagement with President Obama and his campaign,” a senior Romney aide told reporters Tuesday. “Some of the exchanges we’ve had over the past seven to 10 days confirm that the general election campaign has begun. What is clear to nearly everyone is that our party is united behind Mitt Romney and we are now in a position to take our argument directly to President Obama.”" - Politico
FULL RESULTS FROM LAST NIGHT
Tim Pawlenty makes more sense than you might think as a VP pick - TIME
Giuliani becomes the latest skeptic to endorse Romney
"Just months after calling former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the kind of "man who will say anything to become president," former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani endorsed Mr. Romney for president on Monday, arguing that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee provides a "clear contrast to President Obama."" - Washington Times
Immigration remains risky issue for Romney - Washington Examiner
90% of electorate are already "locked in" with both parties sure of 45% each - Weekly Standard
- "Even if Romney does consolidate skeptical non-college white voters, he’ll need to make substantial inroads among college educated whites, even though many approve of the President. These patterns also hold on a state by state level: not only will Romney require an extraordinary performance among whites, the non-college white route is exceedingly difficult." - Electionate
Mark Mellman explains why polls are very volatile at present - The Hill
"Only in Delaware, where Newt Gingrich camped out in recent days and collected endorsements from top local officials, was Romney at any risk of losing... But with nearly all of the vote reported, Romney was crushing Gingrich in Delaware by a 30-percentage-point margin." - Politico
- The New York Times reports that Gingrich will re-assess race - again.
Santorum will soon sit down with Romney but still wants to talk through some issues - WSJ
Sen. Lugar confident he'll win GOP primary - USA Today
- The Economist wonders if the Tea Party affect is fading.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced on Tuesday that it is designating 14 more candidates or races as "Red to Blue," the committee's category for its most competitive opportunities for challengers and open race candidates - Hotline
Former John Edwards aide testifies about elaborate efforts to hide affair - New York Times
Edwards thought '1-in-3 chance' he was father of Rielle's unborn child, ex-aide testifies - Fox
- Either President Obama has wings of Kevlar — or he has the most incompetent scheduling staff in White House history - Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post is amazed at Rupert Murdoch's decision to visit North Carolina this week.
Questions start again about Obama's use of Air Force One for political campaigning - NPR
Less than a third of political donations come from women - Daily Caller
It's time to end the myth that the nation's wealthy are getting rich off the backs of the poor. Instead let's figure out what they're doing right - Nina Easton for CNN Money
Europe's "debilitating consensus that government spending can conjure prosperity" - Wall Street Journal
Sarkozy’s Defeat Might be a Victory for Iran - Commentary
"During an interview to be aired Tuesday evening, Morgan asked his honored guest, “Which people that you’ve ever met have really impressed you?” “I think Nelson Mandela,” responded the Dalai Lama. "Of course as individual, individual person, I love President Bush." "Which one?" asked Morgan. "The younger one," said the Dalai Lama. Morgan incredulously responded, “Really? “Really,” he clarified. "As a human being. Not as a president of America. Sometimes his policy may not be very, very successful. But as a person, as a human being, very nice person. I love him."" - Fox
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