Archive: August, 2012
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Pennsylvania's 13th District is scheduled to speak to next week's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Schwartz will join several female House colleagues in discussiong President Obama's record. No word on what she'll say but here's a hint: There's a giant gender gap benefitting the Democratic Party int he presidential race, so expect something on health care, perhaps. Schwartz is an expert lawmaker on the subject and responsible for some aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
Joining her will be Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California and Reps. Ros DeLauro of Connecticut; Carolyn Mahoney of New York; Nydia Valesquez of New York, Gwen Moore of Wisconsin; and Donna Edwards of Maryland. Two Democratic congressional candidates, Joyce Beatty of Ohio and Tusi Gabbard of Hawaii, will also speak.
TAMPA, Fla. – Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum clearly has not moved beyond his loss in the Republican presidential race.
Judging by his remarks to the state delegation to the GOP convention Thursday morning, Santorum is still working through the stages of grief. He spent a great deal of time reminiscing about the successes of his primary insurgency, and arguing that his campaign showed the way for Republicans to reach working-class voters – though he did praise Mitt Romney and urge the delegates and party activists to work hard to carry the state.
“We ran a campaign that we won on a lot of fronts, and we rallied people and brought people out,” Santorum said. “It was an amazing effort, I have to tell you.”
TAMPA, Fla. – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pushed back Wednesday morning against the instant analysis from the pundit class that his keynote speech was a “me-note” speech, aimed more at promoting himself than Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president.
It wasn’t really his mission to pump up Romney, Christie told a joint breakfast meeting of the Pennsylvania and New Hampshire delegations.
“I thought my job last night was to lay out both the stakes in this election and the choice in this election,” Christie said. “As it turned out, with Mrs. Romney going first, it freed me up…to put the choice in even more general terms than I was originally going to do.”
TAMPA, Fla. – Karl Rove is “completely mystified” by President Obama’s re-election campaign, which he said is diminishing the grandeur and power of his office.
“The campaign is dominating the presidency and not the other way around,” Rove said Monday morning at a breakfast sponsored by Politico. And Republican nominee Mitt Romney “is going to get better known and more acceptable,” he said. Rove, the former uber-adviser to President George W. Bush, said that Romney needs to use the convention to communicate personal things about himself to the country, including his Mormon faith.
Addressing a question comparing the 2012 race to other modern races, Rove rejected the 2004 re-election campaign he ran for Bush 43 as a cognate.
TAMPA, Fla. – Governors are front and center at this week’s Republican National Convention, the party’s national stars, given prominent speaking roles, ferried in town cars from one delegation hotel to another.
For the past several years, governors have helped define the Republican Party brand and set its agenda, and nearly a dozen state chief execs are scheduled to address the delegates from the podium. At the top of the list: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is to give the convention keynote on Tuesday.
Also scheduled are Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Ohio's John Kasich, South Carolina's Nikki Haley, and Virginia’s Bob McDonnell, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, among others. (Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was to speak, but he headed home to brace for Hurricane Isaac, which is threatening the Gulf Coast.
Republican Mitt Romney got a meager “bounce” from his choice of Paul Ryan as running mate, but the challenger has cut into President Obama’s lead in Florida and Wisconsin among likely voters, according to the new Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll of swing states released Thursday.
The president maintains a 51 percent to 45 percent lead in the Big Enchilada battleground of Ohio, which is unchanged from the first edition of the survey released August 1.
In the new poll, Obama was at 49 percent, to Romney’s 46 percent, among likely voters in Florida. That compares to a 50 percent to 41 percent Obama lead earlier in the month.
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential candidate, is scheduled to headline a rally on Tuesday afternoon in West Chester, Pa., before attending a Center City fundraiser, according to GOP officials.
Ryan will speak at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center at 3:30 p.m. The Delaware Valley has a long history with rotary-wing aircraft, and several helicopter manufacturers have facilities in the area.
Doors to the museum, at 1220 American Blvd., are scheduled to open at 1:30 p.m. People interested in attending are asked to RSVP for tickets at www.mittromney.com/states/pennsylvania.
Devo, the American New Wave sensation of three decades ago, is out with a new song that takes on Mitt Romney for the infamous story of how he lashed the family dog, Seamus, to the rooftop of a station wagon for a long trip to the cottage when his kids were young. He has been relentlessly mocked for the episode.
The song is called "Don't Roof Rack Me Bro (Seamus Unleashed)."