July 18, 2012 |
HOUSTON - A spokesman says former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush, will not attend the Republican National Convention next month in Tampa, Fla., because of health reasons. The spokesman, Jim McGrath, says it will be the first time since 1976, when Bush was director of the CIA and refrained from partisan activities, that he won't attend the Republican Party gathering. Bush, 88, has a form of Parkinson's disease that afflicts his legs. He now gets around using a wheelchair or motorized scooter.
October 30, 2012
RESTORE OUR FUTURE, a political-action committee run by supporters of Mitt Romney, is putting $2 million into TV commercials in Pennsylvania in the last week of the race, with more than half of the money going to the Philadelphia market. President Obama will also start to run ads in Pennsylvania, campaign manager Jim Messina said in a conference call with reporters Monday morning. "They understand that they're not going to win in Ohio, so now they're getting desperate," Messina said.
September 21, 2011
NEW YORK - Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and their GOP presidential rivals slammed President Obama's Middle East policies yesterday while emphatically declaring their own support for Israel as the United Nations considered a bid for Palestinian statehood. Republican front-runner Perry, the Texas governor, denounced the president's Israel policy as "misguided and dangerous," speaking to supporters in New York as the Obama administration worked a few miles away to thwart a U.N. vote to grant formal recognition to the Palestinian Authority.
April 17, 2012 |
MITT ROMNEY's aides soft-pedaled his latest tax pronouncements on Monday, insisting that he wasn't tipping his hand when he told donors privately that he might seek to end the tax break for mortgages on second homes and curb other deductions for the wealthy as part of tax reform. "He was just discussing ideas that came up on the campaign trail," said former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent, a frequent campaign surrogate. The remarks, made at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida and overheard by reporters, did not mark any "change in policy," Talent said on a conference call with reporters.
September 23, 2012
City Council seems well-versed in the concept of schadenfreude - the taking of pleasure in the misfortune of others. In this case, the pleasure was taken at the expense of Mitt Romney, who had the misfortune of speaking his mind a little too forcefully while being secretly videotaped. In his now-infamous comments, Romney referred to the 47 percent of the population that doesn't pay federal income tax as moochers who see themselves as "victims. " Thus, the end of Thursday's Council session turned into something of a roast of the GOP presidential nominee, beginning with Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco.
May 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has endorsed one-time Republican rival Mitt Romney for president. Bachmann says electing Romney will be the country's last chance to keep from "going forward" over a cliff. The reference is to Democratic President Barack Obama's use of the word "forward" as a campaign slogan. In a statement announcing her decision, Bachmann says Americans can vote for Obama - and for more joblessness, higher energy prices, more government controls and failed economic policies.
October 29, 2012
THE UPS AND DOWNS of another weekend of Campaign 2012: UP - President Obama: He nabs coveted New York Times endorsement. Mainstream-media conspiracy continues. UP - Mitt Romney: Republican nominee gains on Obama in Inquirer Pennsylvania poll. Obama still leads, 49-43. DOWN - Newt Gingrich: On ABC's "This Week," former presidential candidate defends Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that it's "God's intention" when a woman gets pregnant through rape. Stay classy, Newt.
June 6, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has won the New Mexico Republican presidential primary, adding to a delegate total that already exceeds the number needed to win the nomination. Romney also won presidential primaries Tuesday in New Jersey and South Dakota. Two more states, Montana and California, also were having presidential primaries. A total of 264 delegates were at stake in Tuesday's contests, and Romney had a chance to win them all. He has 1,266 delegates. He needs 1,144 to win the nomination.
November 2, 2012
PRESIDENT OBAMA and Mitt Romney head into the final weekend of Campaign 2012: UP - Michael Bloomberg (above): New York's mayor endorses Obama. Good to see that the billionaire has the same taste as the People Paper (see Page 13). UP - Mitt in Pa.: Romney's considering a rally in southeastern Pennsylvania Sunday (see Clout, this page). Let's hope he knows how to order at Wawa this time. DOWN - Missouri Rep. Todd Akin: "Legitimate rape" guy releases campaign ad featuring - wait for it - a rape victim.
February 28, 2012
NO MATTER what you might think of Rick Santorum and his race for president, his decision to sponsor a car in last night's NASCAR Daytona 500 is a stroke of political genius. Think about this. On the day before a critical primary in Michigan, home of the American auto industry, Santorum has a Ford race car with his name on it running in what's called the "Great American Race. " I gotta think Michigan, home of Ford, is packed with NASCAR fans. And Santorum's sponsorship draws a clear contrast to Mitt Romney, both in Romney's home state of Michigan and with NASCAR followers across the nation.