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Newslinks for Monday March 12: Obama ratings down as Romney takes national lead over him

Posted on 03/12/2012

Gas prices push Obama's poll ratings down - Romney takes national lead

"NearScreen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.13.54ly two-thirds of Americans say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the situation at the pump, where rising prices have already hit hard. Just 26 percent approve of his work on the issue, his lowest rating in the poll. ... Among registered voters, Obama is now on par with Romney (47 percent for the president, 49 percent for Romney) and Santorum (49 to 46 percent). Previously, Obama held significant advantages over both." - Washington Post

  • The president should reverse cabinet-level decisions that are at odds with affordable domestic production - Gov. Bobby Jindal for the WSJ ($)

It's close, but Mitt Romney may have solved his Southern problem

"Tuesday looks like it's going to be a close election night in both Mississippi and Alabama. In Mississippi Newt Gingrich is holding on to a slight lead with 33% to 31% for Mitt Romney, 27% for Rick Santorum, and 7% for Ron Paul. And Alabama is even closer with Romney at 31% to 30% for Gingrich, 29% for Santorum, and 8% for Paul." - PPPolling

"National polling companies have found a volatile contest in Alabama and Mississippi, a near toss-up among the three leading candidates." - New York Times

  • Santorum, Gingrich vie for Southern supremacy - CNN
  • Gingrich campaign’s survival now depends on Deep South primaries - The Hill
  • Gingrich: Alabama and Mississippi aren’t must-wins for me - Hot Air

"Grits" Romney! How Romney is trying to ingratiate himself with Southerners

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""I'm learning to say 'y'all' and 'I like grits,'" Romney said to the crowd with a smile. "Strange things are happening to me," Romney added, alluding to how he was becoming an "unofficial southerner." It was one of those things that might sound funny at first, but became more cringe inducing later on" - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • "At rallies in Mississippi and Alabama, which hold primaries Tuesday, the candidates awkwardly fished for something they might have in common with Southern audiences. Newt Gingrich talked about gun racks but got his facts wrong. Mitt Romney announced, “I like grits.” Rick Santorum tried to describe a connection to Alabama but admitted he was not a frequent visitor." - Washington Post

Santorum accuses Romney of being too focused on the race to 1,144 delegates

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"“Governor Romney is spending all of his time trying to teach the national media delegate math instead of laying out a vision of why he should be president,” Mr. Santorum told reporters after meeting voters in a Tupelo, Miss., restaurant. “That’s what I’ve been doing and that’s what I will continue to do.”"- WSJ

Michael Barone says Romney may bring rich white voters back to the GOP - RCP

Gingrich calls for US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Newt"In some of his strongest language about the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan, Mr. Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday” he had reached the conclusion “frankly about the entire region that is much more pessimistic than Washington’s official position.” “I think we’re risking the lives of young men and women in a mission that frankly may not be doable,” he said." - WSJ

  • The coming upheaval in Afghanistan strategy - National Journal
  • Growing public weariness about the Afghan war - Washington Post
  • Obama: Shooting of Afghan civilians 'tragic and shocking' - The Hill

A look ahead: Romney narrowly leading in Illinois - Chicago Tribune

Tea Party groups pressure House GOP leaders to rev up Fast and Furious probe

"[L]ocal Tea Party groups in the home districts of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are turning up the heat on the lawmakers. The groups say their representatives maintain the most powerful positions in the lower chamber and should be more critical of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder." - The Hill

Democrats pressure Obama to endorse gay marriage

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"Obama opposes gay marriage, but for nearly the last 18 months has said his views are "evolving." Now he is under pressure to make support for gay marriage part of his party's election platform when he formally accepts the Democratic nomination in September." - Fox News

Big labor planning to take a big role in 2012 elections

Occupy wall street"As the A.F.L.-C.I.O. prepares to endorse President Obama on Tuesday, labor leaders say they will mount their biggest campaign effort... knocking on voters’ doors to counter the well-endowed “super PACs”... The same Supreme Court ruling in 2010 that set the stage for these political action committees to accept unlimited donations also allowed unions to send their foot soldiers to visit not just union members at home, but also voters who do not belong to unions — a move expected to increase labor’s political clout significantly in this year’s elections." - New York Times

Pelosi's conflict of interest in natural gas bill - Washington Examiner

Obama tells Israel not to strike Iran until after campaign season - Fox

Healthcare Bill about to get its biggest test

"In two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case that could lead to the biggest “I told you so” of 2012. The challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care reform law will result in the court either upholding it — giving bragging rights to Obama and congressional Democrats — or finding major pieces of it unconstitutional, setting off a political earthquake that would vindicate Republicans and conservative groups." - Politico

Failed third-party group "Americans Elect" now using donations to pay back rich founders - BuzzFeed

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