Newslinks for Thursday Jan 26: Gingrich and Romney trade blows on immigration ahead of final Florida debatePosted on 01/26/2012
Gingrich tries to woo Hispanics in Florida, calls Romney "anti-immigrant"
- "The leading Republican candidates spent Wednesday appealing for the votes of South Florida’s Hispanic voters, with the campaigns of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich skirmishing over an advertisement that branded Mr. Romney as anti-immigration. The Spanish-language radio advertisement by the Gingrich campaign called Mr. Romney “the most anti-immigrant candidate” in the field." - New York Times
- "Rejecting Newt Gingrich's charge that Mitt Romney is anti-immigrant, [Romney] responded... saying Wednesday that his main rival is pandering to Latino voters in next week's Florida presidential primary." - LA Times
- "Romney, asked later about the ad and Gingrich's criticism, said in the candidate forum, hosted by the Spanish-language network Univision, that such attacks were "unbecoming" for a presidential hopeful." - CNN
- "Mitt Romney allowed Wednesday that he wouldn’t mind if voters regarded him as the Mexican American candidate ... The Republican made the tongue-in-cheek remark during an exchange with a TV interviewer for Univision... who raised the question because of the Mexican heritage of Romney’s father." - LA Times
- Sen. Marco Rubio refutes Gingrich's claims that Romney is a moderate like Former FL Gov. Charlie Crist - Jennifer Rubin
After Newt surge, Romney seems to have steadied the polls in his favor. Now Romney leads Gingrich by 8, leads big amongst Hispanics
"A Times-Union/Insider Advantage survey out Wednesday has Mitt Romney with a 40-32 lead on Newt Gingrich, a significant swing in less than two days. No other candidate polled in double-digits. The Insider Advantage numbers had Romney up in almost every demographic, including a 66-34 lead with Hispanic voters, one of Florida’s most important blocs." - Florida Times-Union
- Florida polls: Romney runs better than Gingrich against Obama - National Journal
- "Polling released within the past 24 hours suggests that Mitt Romney may have stopped and possibly reversed Newt Gingrich’s momentum before the Florida primary on Tuesday." -Nate Silver
- "There are signs that the Newt Gingrich bubble may be bursting. Let’s hope so: the walk down the memory lane of the 1980s and 1990s, not to mention Newt’s current transgressions, is getting hard to take." - Power Line
Newt Gingrich pledges to build a colony on the moon during his presidency
- "Gingrich, who has long held a fascination with space exploration and has talked extensively about further missions to the moon, Mars and beyond, committed for the first time to pushing aggressively for such programs if he wins the White House." - Washington Post
- "My issue with Gingrich isn’t that the goal is unworthy... but that message discipline on spending is desperately needed if the GOP is going to convince voters that our fiscal crisis is as dire as it is. How do you tell seniors that we need to start cutting Medicare if you’re busy telling space contractors to get cracking on moon igloos or whatever?" - Hot Air
- Newt in 1996: Let’s build a real Jurassic Park - Daily Caller
Ouch! What Ronald Reagan wrote about Gingrich in his diaries
"Newt Gingrich has a proposal for freezing the budget at the 1983 level. It's a tempting idea except that it would cripple our defense programs. And if we make an exception on that every special interest group will be asking for the same." - Ronald Reagan's diaries, quoted at Weekly Standard
- If you want a second Obama term, vote for Newt - Ann Coulter
Stuart Rothenberg: Newt Gingrich is Barry Goldwater II
"His populist message makes conservatives feel good, much as former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s angry message of change resonated with Democrats in late 2003 and much as Goldwater’s “in your heart, you know he’s right” message won over conservatives almost 50 years ago. Republican grass-roots conservatives unquestionably are angry... They might be so angry that they are willing to overlook Gingrich’s character flaws — character flaws they would scream about in a liberal Democrat." - Rothenberg Political Report
Karl Rove imagines the thoughts of David Axelrod - WSJ
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: Four ways Republicans can win Hispanics back
- "[W]e need to recognize this is not a monochromatic community but, rather, a deeply diverse one. Hispanics in this country include Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans and many others. Some came here 50 years ago to make a better life; others came last year."
- "[W]e should echo the aspirations of these voters. The American immigrant experience is the most aspirational story ever told. Immigrants left all that was familiar to them to come here and make a better life for their families. That they believe this is possible only in America is the best expression of American exceptionalism I know."
- "[W]e should press for an overhaul of our education system. Republicans have the field to themselves on this issue. Teachers unions and education bureaucrats have blocked Democrats from serious reform — it will happen only with Republican political leadership. "
- "Republicans should reengage on [immigration]. Start by recognizing that new Americans strengthen our economy. We need more people to come to this country, ready to work and to contribute their creativity to our economy. U.S. immigration policies should reflect that principle." - Jeb Bush, for the Washington Post
Obama snubs Republican Gov. Jan Brewer on campaign trip to Arizona
"Gov. Jan Brewer met him at first stop of his five-state campaign swing with a hand-written letter asking him to visit the state’s southern border, which is a hotbed of illegal immigration and drug trafficking. But Obama suddenly turned cold, claiming that her Nov. 2011 book mischaracterized their previous White House meeting in June 2010. He then quickly walked away." - Daily Caller
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic opponents in polling for his recall election
"According to a new Marquette Law School poll the governor leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a likely candidate, 50 percent to 44 percent. He leads former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, the only declared Democratic candidate, 49 percent to 42 percent margin, former Rep. David Obey 49 percent to 43 percent and state Sen. Tim Cullen 50 percent to 40 percent." - RedState
Bachmann to run for re-election in House - USA Today
House GOP to offer health reform 'replace' plan after SCOTUS rules
"A top House Republican on Wednesday said GOP lawmakers will put forward an alternative to the health care reform law after the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the law. ... Pitts said he personally anticipates that the court could strike the mandate but is unlikely to strike the entire law. He said House leadership is looking to the timing of a likely court decision to make its case against the Democrats’ signature health reform law." - Politico
Taxpayers still owed $132.9B from bailout - Fox News
Timothy Geithner says a second term unlikely at Treasury - LA Times
Gabrielle Giffords leaves Congress - New York Times
And finally... Ron Paul action figures
"This week, Ron Paul’s SuperPAC, RevolutionPAC, launched an innovative and unique fundraising idea: Ron Paul action figures. For $94.95 (plus $7.50 for shipping) supporters can purchase a fun-sized version of his or her favorite politician. The action figure is 12 inches tall and has talking capabilities to voice his best Ron Paul catch phrases." - Houston Chronicle
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