February 28, 2012 |
Washington - It's looking as if President Obama may be back in women's good graces. His support dropped among this critical constituency just before the year began and the presidential campaign got under way in earnest. But his standing with female voters is strengthening, polls show, as the economy improves and as social issues, including birth control, become a bigger part of the nation's political discourse. "Republicans are making a big mistake with this contraception talk, and I'm pretty sure that they are giving [the election]
February 23, 2012 |
Most candidates who emerge from the relative shadows to take the lead in a presidential campaign start to throttle back on the rhetorical thunderbolts and settle into a groove with a winning script full of phrases predigested by pollsters and focus groups. Not Rick Santorum, apparently. In recent days, the former Pennsylvania senator has accused President Obama of a "phony theology," suggested that a new federal requirement that insurance companies cover some prenatal testing would increase abortions, and compared Americans' patience with Obama - in the face of what Santorum calls the administration's threat to freedom - to America's initial indifference to Hitler's rise.
February 21, 2012 |
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Philosophical differences between the top two Republican presidential candidates are sharpening as Rick Santorum drives harder on religious and social issues that Mitt Romney rarely discusses in detail. In recent days, Santorum has questioned the usefulness of public schools, criticized prenatal testing, and said President Obama's theology is not "based on the Bible. " On Monday, he likened Obama to politicians who spread fear about new oil-extraction technologies "so they can control your lives.
February 19, 2012 |
Mitt Romney has lost his central asset. It is no longer obvious that he is the Republican with the best chance of defeating President Obama. Romney was never fully trusted or liked by the staunchest conservatives. But until now, enough of them have been willing to swallow their doubts at critical moments because they believed the former Massachusetts governor could win the election. This is not true anymore. Reflecting the damage Romney's image has suffered in the six weeks since voting started in Iowa, he is running little better than Rick Santorum, now his main opponent, in matchups with the president.
February 16, 2012 |
DETROIT - On a day when General Motors trumpeted record profits, Rick Santorum said that the auto industry would have done as well or better if the federal government, under the last two administrations, had not intervened to save the industry. Declaring himself an enemy of all federal bailouts, the former senator noted that Mitt Romney, his leading opponent in this state's crucial primary, had supported the Bush administration's TARP lifeline to Wall Street but had opposed the federal investment in GM and Chrysler.
February 7, 2012 |
GRAND JUNCTION, COLO. - Sensing a possible threat, Mitt Romney criticized Rick Santorum's time in the Senate as "not effective" because of his past support for pork-barrel spending as he worked to fend off an unexpected challenge in the next states to vote. Santorum countered that Romney, the front-runner in the GOP presidential race, "should not be our nominee" because he was "dead wrong on the most important issue of the day" when, as governor, he signed a health-care overhaul in Massachusetts.
January 18, 2012 |
AIKEN, S.C. - Rick Santorum yesterday branded Mitt Romney a liberal, said Newt Gingrich's policy positions have been "all over the place" and laughed that Ron Paul has been running for president "since 1938," looking to capture the GOP presidential nomination even if it takes harsh words for fellow Republicans. Santorum, a longtime footnote in the GOP contest now attracting scrutiny, tried to punch his way to the top of the pack with scathing critiques of his rivals ahead of Saturday's South Carolina primary.
October 24, 2010 |
I recently bought Pat Meehan a beer in an Amtrak coach car on a late-night train from Washington to Philadelphia. Meehan, the former U.S. attorney, is locked in one of the hottest House races in the nation against State Rep. Brian Lentz in Pennsylvania's Seventh District. I have known Meehan for years, but we hadn't planned to take the same train. We shared an observation about this election cycle: the lack of conversation about social issues. Meehan told me that out on the stump, it is all about the economy.
March 13, 2008 |
I attended the Council for National Policy meeting last week in New Orleans and listened to John McCain address the who's who of Hillary Rodham Clinton's vast right-wing conspiracy. It was another chance for McCain to, in his words, "not just unite, but reignite the base. " How did the crowd think he did? Let's just say it's hard to ignite anything with cold water and no fire. He talked about two legs of the Republican stool - spending/taxes and national security. But the third leg - social issues - went unmentioned.