Today, political types were focused on the demise of Ron Paul, obsessions and puppies! Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Abby Huntsman suggested her father, Jon Hunstman,
Politico’s Dylan Byers needed some
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley lost a race against New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Mitt Romney’s strong win last night, scoring 39% overall and 16% more than the second place finisher, Ron Paul, naturally involved winning many different groups. According to CBS News’ exit poll, Mr. Romney either won outright or placed a very close second to Mr. Paul across most demographic and ideological categories. The data also reveals that he performed strongest among those describing their views as “somewhat conservative” and the very rich.
Indeed, Mr. Romney, who’s very wealthy himself, won more than half of those with families making more than $200,000 a year, one of his highest percentages in the entire exit poll. Among those making $50,000 or less, Mr. Romney only tied Mr. Paul, each earning less than a third of that financially modest vote.
Moderator George Stephanopoulos ended tonight’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire by asking the candidate’s what they’d be doing tonight if they “weren’t here running for president.” Rick Perry didn’t hesitate before giving his answer.
“I’d probably be at the shooting range,” Mr. Perry said.
Mr. Perry spent some time last Friday at an Austin-area shooting range “relaxing” ahead of the debate.
The other candidates also discussed what they’d be doing this evening if they weren’t on the campaign trail.
In the final day of campaigning before the Iowa Caucus tomorrow, Mitt Romney compared President Barack Obama to the Kardashians, Michele Bachmann invoked Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich lamented his fall from the front of the pack and Ron Paul plotted a path to the White House. Mr. Romney is currently leading in the latest Iowa polls followed by Mr. Paul. Mr. Santorum is ever so slightly ahead of Mr. Gingrich in third place.
Mayor Bloomberg believes teenage girls should have access to morning-after contraceptives.
Chris Christie texted Joe Scarborough to complain about liberal guests on “Morning Joe.”
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants Governor Cuomo to sign the taxi bill.
Potential 2013 mayoral candidate Greg Floyd took a shot at John Liu.
Mayor Bloomberg said he doesn’t want to “second-guess” Governor Cuomo’s tax plan.
Bill Clinton said his wife, Hillary, has no plans to run for office again. “She wants to stay in one place for two or three days and get a good night’s sleep for a week or two.”
Occupy Albany protesters got a permit that will allow them to stay in Academy Park for two more weeks.
Out of Towners
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is in midtown Manhattan this morning hosting a “private reception” for her presidential campaign. Congresswoman Bachmann is meeting with her supporters at the Radisson Martinique on 32nd Street and Broadway.
Senator Chuck Schumer said he thinks the Democrats can pick up Senate seats in 2012.
The chief of staff for Embattled Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was arrested on bribery and conspiracy charges.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to pass a bill prohibiting insider trading by members of Congress, their families and staff.
Rick Perry said he thinks Senator Gillibrand’s bill will actually make it harder to prosecute insider traders.
Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman was in Queens earlier this week, stumping for support among the Lubavitcher, according to a report in a Hasidic news website.
According to the report, Mr. Huntsman made a typically low-key visit to the grave site of a revered rabbi.
Despite some glowing early press attention, Mr. Hunstman has Read More
EarthWind & Fire
Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman released a new web video attacking his fellow Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney today. Mr. Huntsman’s ad employs the metaphor of a weathervane shifting in the wind to push the popular perception of Mr. Romney as a flip flopper.