Archive: May, 2012
Pennsylvanians know that former Governor Ed Rendell (D) is not one to mince words.
On Tuesday, he bluntly told President Obama to "man up" and take a position on gay marriage.
"I think he should do exactly what Michael Steele said he should do, he should man up and say ‘this is what I believe,'" Rendell said, in response to a question from host Thomas Roberts on MSNBC.
The Obama campaign Monday announced a $25 million television ad buy in nine battleground states, including Pennsylvania, to air a spot aimed at reminding voters what the president has accomplished despite taking office in deep economic crisis.
“We’re not letting our foot off the pedal,” campaign manager Jim Messina said in a conference call with reporters Monday morning. “We have a very simple choice between going forward and going back.”
Messina and senior adviser David Axelrod said that the spot, called “Go,” is part of broader effort to set administration achievements in the context of Obama’s having inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression and two wars. The ad emphasizes the auto-industry bailout, successfully ending the Iraq war and winding down the war in Afghanistan, and modest growth in jobs, while acknowledging that the economy is “still too hard for too many.”
Finally, nearly three weeks after he dropped out of the Republican presidential race, Rick Santorum will meet with Mitt Romney Friday at an undisclosed location in Pittsburgh to begin the peace process.
This could get awkward: Santorum, the final serious threat to Romney’s nomination, had scathing things to say about him, including calling him the “worst possible person to put up” against President Obama. (He was arguing that Romney, who had a similar program as governor of Massachusetts, could not provide contrast on the issue of repealing “Obamacare.”)
Santorum advisers have said not to expect an immediate endorsement, though it’s a gracious symbolic gesture on Romney’s part to hold the parley in Santorum’s home town – and the presumed nominee has scheduled a campaign event at a cement factory, which could provide a venue for the traditional falling on the sword.
President Obama has opened up an 8-percentage-point lead in Pennsylvania, but Republican Mitt Romney has pulled even in Ohio and Florida thanks to a drop in support for the president, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of the three key swing states released Thursday.
Pennsylvania voters preferred Obama, 47 percent to 39 percent in the survey, helped by a large advantage for the president among women voters.
Romney had 44 percent to Obama’s 43 percent support in Florida, with a similar statistical tie in Ohio, where Obama was nominally in the lead with 44 percent, to 42 percent for Romney.
Republican Mitt Romney continued filling his campaign tank for the general election with two Montgomery County fundraisers Tuesday that organizers expected would net from $1 million to $1.5 million.
“That’s a pretty good take,” said power lawyer Charles Kopp, a longtime Republican fundraiser who was one of Romney’s earliest supporters in Pennsylvania. “We were very pleased with the results.”
The Romney campaign has a goal of getting $5 million from state donors. One event was at the posh 29,000-square-foot Byrn Mawr home of real estate developer Mitchell Morgan. A larger evening reception was held at the Philadelphia Country Club in Gladwyne.
Strap yourself in, because it’s already apparent the presidential race is going to be as bumpy as speeding down a pitted gravel road.
President Obama’s reelection has unleashed a tough television ad, “Swiss Bank Account,” that rips Republican Mitt Romney for his record as a corporate CEO who “shipped American jobs to places like Mexico and China” and for outsourcing some state call-center jobs to India when he was governor of Massachusetts.
“It’s just what you’d expect from a guy who had a Swiss bank account,” the ad closes.