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Newslinks for Thursday April 12: Romney will have to work hard to convince conservatives to get enthusiastic

Posted on 04/12/2012

The challenges Romney faces in rallying the right


  • "The Family Research Council's Tony Perkins told CNN... there is such a lack of enthusiasm for Romney that social conservative grass roots operations will likely turn away from the presidential race and towards efforts to put the Senate in GOP hands." - CNN
  • "As Mitt Romney pivots his campaign to the general election, he faces the challenge of building enthusiasm and, hence, turnout among certain key groups of Republicans among whom he has done less well during the primary contests so far. These include Midwestern, young, highly religious, and conservative Republicans." - Gallup polling

However, some conservatives are coming to Romney's defense

  • "Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have little trouble courting the evangelical vote, Southern Baptist Convention leader Richard Land told The Daily Caller during a Wednesday interview. “I don’t think Romney will have any kind of a problem — unless he picks a non-social conservative running mate — he should be okay”" - Daily Caller
  • Ann-Coulter1"Because he is not a liberal, Romney stands a good chance of beating Obama this fall. But if the fantasist posers keep turning this presidential race into their personal “Dungeons and Dragons” battle against “moderates,” Romney’s victory will go into the “Liberal Wins” column, when it is anything but." - Ann Coulter
  • "It’s time for everyone to acknowledge reality.  Mitt Romney is the nominee.  He won the nomination through hard work and good organization, but his competition forced him to improve his performance along the way. " - Ed Morrissey

Although he's a weak candidate, Romney might be a decent President, says Quin Hillyer:

"Romney might put up decent Supreme Court candidates, and certainly will put up ones that at worst are fence-sitters rather than leftist activists; he will show at least some understanding of and appreciation for the free market; and he will not use the administrative agencies to run roughshod over individual liberties." - American Spectator

Did Romney move too far to the right during the primaries?

Santorum"Santorum’s strength among evangelical Christians pressured Romney to toughen his positions even as the Republican Party as a whole, at both the state and national levels, has pushed policies on contraception and abortion that have alienated many women, particularly the college-educated." - EJ Dionne

  • Fred Barnes: To defeat the president, Romney will have to perform at a higher level than he did in the primaries - WSJ ($)
  • Romney taking steps to narrow his gender gap - New York Times

A sign of things to come? Democrat Hilary Rosen sparks Twitter uproar over Ann Romney comments

"Speaking on Anderson Cooper 360, Rosen said that it didn't make much sense for presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney to look to Ann for advice on women's issues because she was out of touch with the problems faced by most women in America. "His wife has actually never worked a day in her life," she said. "She's never really dealt with the kinds of economic issues that a majority of women in this country are facing."" - National Journal


Larry Sabato lists the possible candidates:

  • Screen shot 2011-06-30 at 4.29.48 PMTop tier: Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan
  • Second tier: Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Tim Pawlenty, Bob McDonnell, Mitch Daniels, Mike Huckabee
  • Third tier: Kelly Ayotte, Brian Sandoval, Susana Martinez, Bob Corker, Condoleezza Rice
  • Fourth tier: Pat Toomey, John Thune, Rand Paul, Luis Fortuño, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Richard Burr, David Petraeus, JC Watts

Gov. Chris Christie's approval ratings hit 59% - Weekly Standard

Romney: Santorum a VP possibility

"At a town hall in Warwick, Rhode Island, a man asked Romney if... Romney would "consider him as a vice presidential candidate." "I've said this before," Romney said. "If any of the people I ran against happened to become the nominee, I would have endorsed them and supported them for president. So of course they'd be on that list - and he, among others."" - CNN

A profile of Senator Rob Portman, a possible VP pick for Romney

Screen shot 2011-07-14 at 16.36.29"Portman’s long history in southwestern Ohio, as much as his stints in the George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, is seen as a positive by political professionals. Portman tells me that, as he reflects on his career, he finds that his family’s small-business background, more than anything, has shaped his principles, his moderate temperament, and his economic outlook." -National Review

Allen West labels congressional Democrats as Communists

"At a town hall meeting with constituents in Jensen Beach, West was asked how many members of Congress are "card-carrying Marxists." According to CNN affiliate WPEC, West responded, "I believe there's about 78 to 81 members of the Democratic Party that are members of the Communist Party."" - CNN

Newt lashes out at Fox News, claiming pro-Romney bias

Gingrich Ad Image"“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said... “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”" - RCP

  • Gingrich to send Utah new check after first bounces - USA Today
  • Campaign vendors to Newt: Where’s our money? - Hot Air

Obama invokes Reagan in pitch for Buffett tax that GOP dismisses as 'pathetic' - Fox

Karl Rove: Obama's campaign will take the low road

Rove"Mr. Romney also should remind Americans of Mr. Obama's lofty words from his 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic Convention in Denver. There he said, "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from." Mr. Obama attacked such a strategy then. Lacking any fresh ideas or a record to run on, it's the strategy he's adopted now."  - WSJ

  • AFL-CIO bolsters super-PAC for general election push - The Hill

As race shifts, Biden gets task of scuffing Romney

"In the past few weeks, the Democratic vice president has branded presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney "consistently wrong," "uninformed" on foreign policy, someone aiming to "end Medicare as we know it" and an advocate of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class." - AP

  • Obama’s campaign strategy: Mitt Romney is “severely conservative” or something - Hot Air

Many GOP Reps now more open to compromise than when they were first elected

"Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette, an 18-year veteran of Congress from Ohio... said he respects the power of the Tea Party movement but that it has made it difficult to accomplish much in the House... "Two-thirds (of House Republican freshmen) now realize you have to compromise to get things done," LaTourette said. "But there are about 20 who don't have any give in them and that's why we are having problems. If it smacks of spending, they will vote against it."" - Reuters



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