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Posted on 10/22/2011

12:30pm: John Rossomando on the Republican: Blue-collar voters hold the keys to the White House for the GOP in 2012

Sen. Marco Rubio fires back at his critics over family historyMarco_Rubio

  • “On May 27th, Charles Kerchner, a retired Navy commander in Pennsylvania who runs a birther blog mostly aimed at President Barack Obama, posted a monster scoop about Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the GOP’s rising star.According to naturalization documents that he had obtained, Rubio’s parents had come to the U.S. from Cuba in 1956, not after Fidel Castro took power in 1959, as Rubio’s Senate biography claimed.”- Politico
  • “In a  statement published as an opinion piece in Politico, Mr. Rubio said the Post story accused him ‘of seeking political advantage by embellishing the story of how my parents arrived in the United States.’ Mr. Rubio, who won his Senate seat as a tea-party insurgent last November and is considered a possible vice presidential nominee in 2012, called the accusation ‘an outrageous allegation that is not only incorrect, but an insult to the sacrifices my parents made to provide a better life for their children.’”- Wall Street Journal 
  • “This sorry episode is strikingly similar to another story that also involved an immigrant father. When President Bush announced his nomination of Sam Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court in 2005, he mentioned that Alito’s father, Sam Sr. had come to America from Italy. In testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Alito described his father as an inspiration to him in various ways. Then a major news story broke: left-wing researchers found a document that seemed to indicate that Sam Sr. had been born in New Jersey!” – Powerline blog

Herman Cain’s vain attempts to clarify his comments about abortion only deepen his troubles and continue raising questions about where he stands on the issue amid other questions about his muddled approach to other issues. Herman cain

  • “Herman Cain took another shot at clarifying his abortion stance on Fox News today, but in the process only added to the confusion.Cain attempted to argue that when he said in a CNN interview earlier this week that the decision was ultimately up to the family, what he really meant was that it was up the family as to whether they wanted to break the law.” – Weekly Standard
  • “… Cain lacks a flair for metaphor as well as a working grasp of his own platform … He says that two plus two equals four and then says it equals five and then says he is being perfectly consistent. What's more, he actually seems to believe it. At least until he is forced to backtrack in a fog of confusion.” – Chicago Tribune 

Republicans need to take the lessons of Howard Dean’s failed 2004 presidential bid into account as they nominate their candidate for president.

  • “In 2004, Democrats abandoned Dean for the steadier but less dynamic Kerry. It seems to make sense for Republicans to do the same in 2012 and choose Romney. However, Kerry lost to Bush. Republicans are a restless party, and anyone making predictions based on history should think again about making predictions. But there is still Dean in 2004 to remember.”- Forbes

Michelle Bachmann disputes reports her campaign has collapsed in N.H. Bachmann

  • “All six or so of the Bachmann New Hampshire team quit en masse Friday, complaining of neglect and a lack of faith that the tea-party favorite planned to devote any energy to the Granite State, according to Republican operatives as well as reports in the Manchester Union Leader and other publications in the state.But not so quick, says the Bachmann campaign. Besieged by reports of a staff mutiny, Bachmann campaign manager Keith Nahigian issued a statement late Friday saying, ‘We have a great team in New Hampshire [and] we have not been notified that anyone is leaving the campaign.’” – Wall Street Journal
  • “Keith Nahigian, the new national campaign manager, denied that money was a problem and the campaign was contracting. “We have a big operation in Iowa, we have an operation in New Hampshire and we added staff in South Carolina last week,’’ he said Friday, even as reports emerged that members of the New Hampshire staff had resigned in frustration with how little time Mrs. Bachmann was campaigning there. Mr. Nahigian denied the reports.”- New York Times

Cain study examining the effects of his 9-9-9 proposal rehashes a 1996 study.

  • “The ten-page 'scoring report,’ by conservative fiscal policy expert Gary Robbins, borrows 30 of its paragraphs verbatim or almost verbatim from a 1996 paper Robbins and his wife, Aldona, penned for the Institute for Policy Innovation titled, ‘Which Tax Reform Plan: Developing Consistent Tax Bases for Broad-based Reform.’ The Cain version follows the survey, replacing the 1994 figures on which it depended with updated, 2008 figures.” - Politico

Ron Paul tells the Des Moines Register that he thought of walking off the stage at Tuesday’s debate and decries the theatrics that have come to exemplify modern American presidential campaigns. Ron paul

  • Speaking at a manufacturing plant in Newton, Iowa, Paul told the Des Moines Register, “I can tell you that after the first 45 minutes I was tempted to walk off that stage. I thought it was disgusting.” Tuesday’s GOP debate in Las Vegas, hosted by CNN, was the most contentious yet between the Republican candidates, with sharp attacks and frequent bickering. Paul decried the spectacle and theatrics that have consumed modern presidential campaigns. – Daily Caller

Obama announces the end of the war in Iraq and promises our troops will “definitely be home for the holidays.” Iraq

  • “The president said he was making good on his 2008 campaign pledge to end a war that has divided the nation since it began in 2003 and claimed more than 4,400 American lives.The announcement also came after talks that might have allowed a continued major military presence broke down amid disputes about whether U.S. troops would be immune to prosecution by Iraqi authorities.”-CNN
  • The humiliation of this retreat is compounded by the dishonesty of its presentation. Today, President Obama claimed that the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq was the centerpiece of the strategy he has been pursuing there since taking office … Have any of these conditions been met? Such sovereignty as Iraq has is gravely marred by the continuous efforts of Iran to direct the course of its internal politics through armed means and otherwise. Iraq is not stable.” – Weekly Standard
  • “Regardless of whether America troops remains in the country, violence will increase and people will die. Just as well American soldiers and Marines do not remain as fodder, if we no longer have the stomach to conduct a proactive counter-insurgency.This is the reality facing us in Iraq. In an odd way, the aftermath of America's troop withdrawal already exists. They Iraqis perpetrated and endured a bloodbath, and their state survived civil war...but barely. One doubts things could get worse than they've already been, unless America stays to prevent what it actually prolongs.” – American Spectator 

The GOP presidential hopefuls hit Obama hard Friday on his decision to withdraw American troops from Iraq without any resolution of the problems on the ground.

  • GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain are blasting President Obama for his decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year. – USA Today

Former GOP presidential nominee John McCain tells the current crop of Republican candidates to tone down their bickering - Politico

Romney prognosticates that he has a good shot at becoming the next president - CNN

Tea partiers decry comparisons with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, say the media just doesn’t understand. Tea party

  • “In fact, the two movements do share key traits. They emerged out of nowhere but quickly became potent political forces, driven by anxiety about the economy, a belief that big institutions favor the reckless over the hard-working, grievances that are inchoate and even contradictory, and an insistence that they are “leaderless.” … Where they differ is in where they place the blame. While Occupy forces find fault in the banks and super-rich, the Tea Party movement blames the government for the economic calamity brought on by the mortgage crisis, and sees the wealthy as job creators who will lift the country out of its economic malaise. To them, the solution is less regulation of banks, not more.”- New York Times

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