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Newslinks for Friday March 23: Santorum implies he'd prefer a second Obama term to a Romney presidency

Posted on 03/23/2012

Today marks Obamacare's second anniversary

OBAMA BLUE TIE"The second birthday of President Obama’s landmark legislative achievement, coming just three days before the Supreme Court begins oral arguments on its constitutionality, falls amid serious questions over whether it will have a third. A ruling against the law this summer—a final decision from the court is expected in June—could dismantle Obama’s signature policy triumph. Either way the court comes down, it will have a major effect on the tenor of this fall’s presidential campaign, in which Obama will seek a second term." - The Hill

  • Why I'd repeal ObamaCare - Mitt Romney for USA Today
  • "Rarely has one law so exemplified the worst of the Leviathan state — grotesque cost, questionable constitutionality and arbitrary bureaucratic coerciveness. Little wonder the president barely mentioned it in his latest State of the Union address. He wants to be reelected. He’d rather talk about other things. But there’s no escaping it now. Oral arguments begin Monday at 10 a.m." - Charles Krauthammer
  • 5 things Dems got wrong on health care - Politico

Rick Santorum implies he'd prefer a second Obama term to a Romney presidency

Romney Santorum

""You win by giving people a choice," Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there." Santorum added: "If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future."" - Fox News

Jim DeMint all-but-endorses Romney and advises other candidates to leave the race

Screen shot 2011-07-20 at 17.11.05""We all need to look at this presidential primary and encourage the candidates to do a little self-reflection here on what's good for our country," the influential South Carolina conservative told reporters in the Capitol after attending a group meeting with Romney. "The sooner we can make a decision, the sooner we can focus on the real problem, which is Obama."" - Politico

  • Mitt meets with Hill GOP - Politico
  • "Asked if he was making a diplomatic case for former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to drop out, DeMint said "You can take from that what you will." "There's no need to drag this to a convention if it's pretty clear who our nominee is," DeMint said... "I am very impressed by Romney and I always have been," DeMint said. "There's a lot to like there."" - Politico
  • Peggy Noonan ($): Romney is not emotionally sophisticated

But Santorum says he is holding on until Texas

Screen shot 2011-09-24 at 7.53.14 AM"Despite running second in the race for Republican delegates, Rick Santorum is not out of the race. He’ll be fighting on, and told roughly 1,000 USAA employees that Texas would be crucial to his eventual nomination. The state’s primary is set for May 29 because of legal disputes over election maps. “This race will not be over when Texas comes around,” he said to a packed hall. “You’ll have the opportunity here, in the state of Texas, to speak very loudly about what kind of leader you want in this country.”" - Houston Chronicle

Santorum's disorganization means he can't win as many Pennsylvania delegates as he should be able to - The Morning Call

Santorum set for a big win in Louisiana


"We find him with 42% to 28% for Mitt Romney, 18% for Newt Gingrich, 8% for Ron Paul, and 2% for Buddy Roemer. It's interesting to look at these numbers in the context of last week's results in Alabama and Mississippi. Mitt Romney averaged 30% in those two contests, and that's about where he is here... Santorum and Newt Gingrich combined for 64% in those two contests, and they combine for a relatively similar 60% here. The big difference though is that conservative voters appears to be abandoning Gingrich for Santorum now" - Public Policy Polling

Campaign grind takes its toll on the candidates

"Mitt Romney, who scaled back his public schedule this week to get a break, has slept in his own bed just twice since Christmas. Rick Santorum's been making the kind of flubs that come with exhaustion. Newt Gingrich got caught sleeping on camera a few weeks back, and looked like he just might topple over. And then there's 76-year-old Ron Paul, last in the delegate hunt. The oldest candidate in the race, Paul is running a campaign that's a study in Ever. So. Slow. Pacing." - AP

Newt begins paying off debts - Politico

  • Herman Cain: Newt shouldn’t listen to those calling for him to drop out - Daily Caller

RNC begins 2012 ground game - even as primaries are ongoing

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"In the 2008 presidential race, the Republican National Committee didn't begin its general election ramp-up in earnest until after John McCain was the de facto nominee. The RNC was ready to go, but the McCain campaign held off. As a result, they were never able to catch up effectively.. .This time, they're not waiting. Even with the GOP presidential primary still going - no matter how stark the math is - the RNC is moving to ramp up its ground game in key battleground states" - Politico

Ryan Plan gets Romney's backing

Screen shot 2011-05-27 at 5.11.24 AM"Mitt Romney conferred with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday, including Representative Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman. In an interview with National Review Online, Romney praised Ryan’s budget, and hinted that if he wins the nomination, he will work closely with the Wisconsin legislator to craft a unified fiscal agenda with congressional Republicans." - NRO

  • Paul Ryan budget goes there again - Politico

Obama headed for defeat in Keystone fight - Byron York

Joe Biden is laying the groundwork for 2016 run

Screen shot 2011-02-24 at 10.00.26"For the past couple of years, Vice President Joe Biden has quietly assembled an A-team of advisers who would, without doubt, be considered the nucleus of a presidential campaign — if only he wouldn’t be 73 in 2016. Biden’s age would snuff the last embers of a presidential ambition that led him to a pair of crushing defeats in 1988 and 2008... But the old fire crackles yet." - Politico

America is inching towards energy independence

"Taken together, the increasing production and declining consumption have unexpectedly brought the United States markedly closer to a goal that has tantalized presidents since Richard Nixon: independence from foreign energy sources... In 2011, the country imported just 45 percent of the liquid fuels it used, down from a record high of 60 percent in 2005." - New York Times

Al-Qaeda was saddened by Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC firing

"“As I wrote last week, Gadahn hated Fox News,” Ignatius writes. “[H]e liked MSNBC but complained about the firing of Keith Olbermann; he had mixed feelings about CNN (better in Arabic than in English) and made flattering comments about CBS and ABC. Basically, he wanted to play them all off to al-Qaeda’s best advantage.”" - Daily Caller


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