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Newslinks for Monday Jan 9: Time running out for rivals to stop Romney

Posted on 01/09/2012

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Mitt Romney faced a barrage of criticism Sunday from rivals questioning his conservatism, his strength as a candidate and record as a businessman - WSJ

Huckabee says other candidates are being too soft on Romney - Washington Times

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NPR says time is running out to knock Romney down.

"Unless someone unites the vote opposed to him—and Santorum still seems the best bet—he could be the weak frontrunner who sweeps January" - Rich Lowry at NRO

The New York Times examines the NH Union Leader's relentless attacks on Mitt Romney...

  • One of the Union Leader's attacks: "Romney may be the WORST candidate... Romney would be a disaster as the nominee"

Christie flagFacing attacks from left and right, Romney rallies with Governor Christie - The Hill

"As happens at most of Romney's rallies, protesters interrupted the candidate's stump speech with chants of "Mitt kills jobs! Mitt kills jobs! Mitt kills jobs!" At another point, protesters chanted, "Christie kills jobs! Christie kills jobs," drawing a rebuke from the New Jersey governor who accused them of "Barack Obama-induced anger."" - USA Today

Romney the Bain businessman under the microscope

  • The Wall Street Journal undertakes comprehensive assessment of Mitt Romney's time at Bain capital
  • PAC Ads to Attack Romney as Predatory Capitalist - New York Times
  • Romney is now seeking to portray himself as a rags-to-riches businessman - Politico
  • "Romney is worth an estimated $250 million. It seems a bit far fetched that "he could relate to struggling Americans," as Boxer reported he was attempting to do, by talking about jobs, paychecks, and pink slips." - Weekly Standard

Gingrich NewtGingrich leads the attack: "With just hours to go before voting begins in the New Hampshire primary, Newt Gingrich is taking an extraordinary gamble, betting that Republican voters who once rejected his critique of Mitt Romney's business record will change their minds when they learn more about what Romney actually did in the 1980s and 1990s as head of Bain Capital. "I don't think a Milton Friedman or a Hayek would say to you, rich guys have to go and rip off companies and leave a wreckage behind," Gingrich said in an interview after a town hall appearance here Sunday night.  "I think that's plundering.  I don't think that's capitalism."" - Washington Examiner

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given $5 million to an independent committee supporting GOP presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich - Washington Post | HotAir

Commentary notes that Santorum also now has money to attack Romney.

  • Iowa attack ads were ‘good practice’ for general election says Gingrich - Daily Caller

Rick Santorum moves focus to South Carolina - LA Times

"Overall, we'd score Mr. Santorum's economic agenda as bolder than Mr. Romney's, if not as ambitious as those of Messrs. Huntsman and Gingrich" - WSJ editorial

  • Santorum is a “full-spectrum conservative” - Quin Hillyer for NRO
  • "Santorum’s tendency to speak unscripted on the stump — and his staunch social conservatism that puts him at odds with most voters here — offers a sharp contrast to Romney’s disciplined focus on President Barack Obama and the economy." - Roll Call
  • "Santorum's weakness is that he can't resist concentrating on peripheral issues. The prime example is his leadership in 2005 in getting the Senate summoned into voting for a law preventing the removal of life support for Terri Schiavo." - Michael Barone for RCP
  • Gary Bauer endorses Santorum - Politico

Ron Paul defends himself against health and age worries - WSJ

  • Ron Paul says corporate medicine not much better than socialized medicine - The Hill
  • Paul still in contention for second place in New Hampshire - Fox

After solid debates, Rick Perry makes stand in South Carolina, focusing on Christian vote - LA Times | Politico

For Jon Huntsman, New Hampshire primary could be now or never - Washington Post

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  • Huntsman has Momentum, but lacks time - Nate Silver
  • Huntsman runs moderate, governed as conservative - Washington Examiner
  • "It’s no coincidence that Jon Huntsman, the one candidate yet to surge in the polls, is probably the one with the best chance of besting Barack Obama" - Daily Beast
  • "There is a reason why Huntsman is the Democrats’ favorite Republican. He shares their deep-seated conviction that Republicans are nuts, or as his chief strategist put it, “a bunch of cranks.” - PowerLine

The Republican National Committee plans to roll out a major Hispanic outreach effort in the coming weeks - Roll Call

New push to put Hillary Clinton on the Obama ticket

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"Moreover, even if Obama can win without Hillary, there’s a lot to be said for running up the score. If she can do in 2012 what Obama did in 2008 — animate that feeling of historic possibility — the pair can lift some House and Senate candidates along with them. One reason Republicans did so well in the 2010 Congressional elections is that they overcame the gender gap and carried women voters 51 to 49. Those voters will flock back to Hillary, the more so if the Republican ticket is locked into a culture-war agenda. So, by the way, will Hispanic voters, securing such endangered states as Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado." - Bill Keller in the New York Times | Politico's original story from 2010

A modest levy on the overall wealth of the very rich would allow lower incentive-distorting income tax rates for them and everyone else - Ronald McKinnon makes the Conservative case for a wealth tax in the Wall Street Journal

"When government engages in redistribution in order to maximize the happiness of citizens who become more envious as they become more comfortable, government becomes increasingly frenzied and futile" - George Will in the Washington Post

John O'Sullivan describes the Iron Lady as a riveting story cleverly told - NRO

BLANKLEY TONYAnd finally... Tony Blankley RIP

"Tony Blankley, Newt Gingrich's spokesman during the Republican Revolution of the 1990s and a noted conservative author and commentator, has died, his family announced Sunday. Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., said his wife, Lynda Davis." - Fox

VIDEO: Newt Gingrich reacts to death of Tony Blankley

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