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2012 presidential campaign

Obama Campaign Offers Preview Of Fall Slugfest With Mitt Romney

The Obama campaign has started to act as if the Republican presidential primary is over and Mitt Romney, who has been racking up endorsements from establishment Republicans and columns from liberals touting his relative moderation, is already their general election opponent. At 11:40 Wednesday morning, the president’s re-election team blasted an email announcement that David […]

October 12, 2011

Will Paul Ryan Run?

He apparently is being urged from all directions to join the race and bring “substance” to the primary. Having Mitch Daniels and Jeb Bush personally encourage him makes Ryan a more likely candidate. But the same things they like about him — his specificity when it comes to cutting entitlements — seem to make the […]

August 18, 2011

Pawlenty Brags About Government Shutdown In Latest TV Spot

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose campaign remains mired in the single digits as the charismatic congresswoman from the Minneapolis suburbs continues to suck up all the air in the room, released a new TV spot yesterday continuing his contrast of “rhetoric” (Bachmann) with “results” (him). He also bragged about shutting down his state’s government: […]

July 21, 2011

Party of Banks and Wall Street Struggling to Raise Money

Despite intense anti-Obama sentiment and the conservative wave of last fall’s midterms, Republican presidential contenders are struggling in the fundraising battle, even as they do the bidding of bankers and lobbyists for Wall Street. After taking the House last November in a wave of conservative opposition to President Obama, Republicans now appear to be struggling to […]

July 8, 2011

Romney Raises More than Rivals, Himself Last Time Around

Mitt Romney’s campaign for president announced today it raised $18.25 million in the second fundraising quarter that just ended. This is an impressive haul by most measures, as it should outpace the rest of his Republican primary rivals combined. But Mitt failed to outdo his own fundraising haul from the same period in his abortive […]

July 6, 2011

Herman Cain Sticks Foot in Mouth on Race, Again

Apparently Herman Cain can’t stop talking about race in his supposedly post-racial presidential campaign, whether because journalists are obsessed or because his answers are so, well, colorful: Andrew Goldman, The New York Times Magazine: Before you announced your campaign, you said that the liberal establishment is scared that “a real black man might run against […]

June 30, 2011

Newt Gingrich, Man of the People

Newt Gingrich’s imploding presidential campaign lost its top two fundraising officials yesterday as The Washington Post revealed that the Republican candidate and his wife had a $1 million line of credit at Tiffany & Co; this is in addition to the smaller ($250,000 to $500,000) line his wife reportedly held in 2005 and 2006. The […]

June 21, 2011

Huntsman Announces Candidacy to Friends, Family, Sean Hannity

When Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman formally announced that he was running for president this morning, he did so from the same spot where Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign against Jimmy Carter in 1980. In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, he hoped the symbolism–this is where Reagan, conservative hero, also started–would be […]

June 21, 2011

Reports: Bachmann Inks Book Deal

Presidential candidates routinely release a memoir or patriotic tome of some kind in conjunction with launching their campaigns. It’s a way to add some substance — and personal color — to the image their consultants are carefully crafting. Barack Obama’s “The Audacity of Hope” was hugely successful in building enthusiasm around his candidacy in 2006-2008, […]

June 17, 2011

Millionaire Mitt Romney: I’m Unemployed, Too

Mitt Romney, who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars after a career spent “trimming” businesses (he would say he turned them around) and laying off workers with Bain Capital, showed off his populist side during a campaign swing through Tampa today: Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop […]

June 16, 2011

Obama, attempting to protect his job, pushes for more private sector hiring

Obama traveled to North Carolina to promote a new job initiative, pushing for more hiring in the green energy and tourism sectors.

June 14, 2011

Can Rick Perry’s Lone Star Conservatism Go National?

The question is a legitimate one. The incumbent Texas governor is someone who has teased at the need for his state to secede from the Union, trashed Social Security, and hewed to a far-right evangelical Christianity that is less subtle than George W. Bush’s wink-and-nod act, where he would regularly sneak dog-whistle references to the […]

June 14, 2011

Obama Tries to Win Back Wall Street

The President is now trying to get Wall Streeters to work the phones and argue that the markets have improved under his watch, according to the New York Times. Barack Obama had a huge amount of financial support from Wall Street in his 2007/08 run; Goldman Sachs executives and employees donated more to his campaign […]

June 13, 2011

Visiting Puerto Rico, But Florida Is On Obama’s Mind

President Obama visits Puerto Rico next week–it’s the first time since Kennedy that a president will make an official stop–and while the trip will deal with local issues, it can also be seen as something of a 2012 campaign stop in Florida, which has seen a big jump in immigrants from the island territory in […]

June 10, 2011

Romney, Probably Wisely, to Skip Ames

Poor Iowa. It looks like Mitt Romney’s decision to skip the Ames summer straw poll in Iowa–an early, somewhat useless gauge of support in the state–is the right move. By outspending and organizing his opponents, he cruised to a victory there in 2007 only to get walloped in the actual caucuses by Mike Huckabee. This […]

June 10, 2011

Obama Team Eyes Arizona, Georgia; Sees Indiana as Out of Reach

The 2012 presidential race will see Barack Obama competing vigorously in some of the states he turned blue in 2008 with burgeoning Hispanic populations, like Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as others that were out of reach but are seeing even larger growth in the Latino community, like Arizona and Georgia. On the […]

June 10, 2011

Newt’s Campaign Staff Quits

Newt Gingrich’s entire staff essentially dumped him today, with most of his top aides quitting his presidential campaign. Campaign manager Rob Johnson, spokesman Rick Tyler, and other key consultants who have worked with Gingrich for years reportedly disagreed with the former House speaker’s haphazard approach to his campaign, which has been a disaster since he […]

June 9, 2011

Department of Brutal Honesty

GOP campaign operative Ed Rollins, who just signed on to manage the presidential campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), made headlines earlier this week when he told Politico that Sarah Palin was not a “serious” Republican presidential candidate. Then it came out that he basically said the same thing about his new boss two months […]

June 8, 2011

Jewish Donors Will Still Vote For Obama

Billionaire Israeli-American Haim Saban, a major Democratic Party supporter who has been dubious of Obama’s attempts at making peace in the Middle East, told the Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent that Republicans shouldn’t act like his wallet is going to open up for them: “If solicited, I will absolutely write a check to the level allowed […]

June 8, 2011

Bachmann and Palin: Rivals?

It’s become increasingly unclear whether the Republican presidential primary has enough space for not one, but two female folk heroes of the Tea Party: Rep. Michele Bachmann’s prospective 2012 campaign appears increasingly set on a collision course with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. The coming confrontation is being driven by a belief in Bachmann’s camp that […]

June 8, 2011

Meet Mitt Romney’s Millionaire Moneymen

Mitt Romney has ramped up his fundraising in recent months in an effort to solidify his status at the top of the Republican primary field and scare off new competitors. Many of the new members of the former Massachusetts governor’s “finance team” are veterans of John McCain’s failed 2008 presidential bid. He’s also locked down […]

June 7, 2011

Pawlenty Embraces Republican Fuzzy Math

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty called for massive corporate and income tax cuts yesterday, as he continued the roll-out for his 2012 presidential campaign with a economic policy speech at the University of Chicago. The Republican candidate stuck to a familiar playbook from the Bush years by promising really low taxes (lowering corporate rates from […]

June 7, 2011