Drugs & Marriage
President Barack Obama was clearly the biggest winner last night with his victory over Mitt Romney, but there were two other notable victories in this election. Same-sex marriage and openly gay candidates won in multiple states as did initiatives to allow for medical and recreational marijuana.
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who served as a stand-in for Mitt Romney during President Barack Obama’s debate prep sessions, stopped by the media filing room to talk with reporters ahead of tonight’s clash between the two candidates. Mr. Kerry wouldn’t discuss his strategies for impersonating Mr. Romney, but he gave his thoughts on the former Massachusetts governor’s record in the Bay State and another important New England issue–the Boston Red Sox’s horrendous 2012 season.
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CHARLOTTE, NC — New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand apparently really enjoyed the speech Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren delivered at the Democratic National Convention last night. Shortly after Ms. Warren left the stage, Ms. Gillibrand sent an email to her supporters encouraging them to give money to Ms. Warren.
“I can’t stop thinking about Elizabeth Warren’s speech,” Ms. Gillibrand wrote. “You could hear it in her voice and see it in her eyes: Elizabeth will never give up on the middle class. She’ll be relentless in making sure everyone gets a fair shot.”
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin gave a lecture about the case at the Hebrew Center in the well-heeled beach haven of Martha’s Vineyard, however according to at least one attendee, the July 5 event turned into “utter mayhem.” Doreen Kinsman penned a letter to The Martha’s Vineyard Times describing how an “unruly mob” descended on Mr. Toobin’s event leading to “utter pandemonium” and a scene straight out of Lord of the Flies.
Back in 2002 when he was running for Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney and his aides had no problem admitting he retained his position as CEO of Bain Capital after 1999. Press articles from the time describe how Mr. Romney was on a “leave of absence” after 1999 and had not fully cut ties with the private equity firm.
Now that he’s running for president, Team Romney has repeatedly said he left the company after 1999, a claim that was called into question by yesterday’s Boston Globe report revealing Mr. Romney signed documents identifying him as chief executive and chairman of Bain Capital as late as 2002. Mr. Romney being on a ”leave of absence” would explain the discrepancy and it doesn’t mean he played any role in managing the company, however, according to at least one former Bain Capital executive, during a prior leave of absence, Mr. Romney still remained in a very active role with the company.
The Obama campaign released a new ad this morning calling Mitt Romney’s performance as governor of Massachusetts “one of the worst economic records in the country.” In the ad, which is called “We’ve Heard It All Before,” criticism that the state fell to 47th in job creation and fell into debt on Mr. Romney’s watch is interspersed with footage of Mr. Romney campaigning by touting his business record.
“Now, when Mitt Romney talks about what he’d do as president … remember, we’ve heard it all before,” a narrator says in the ad. “Romney economics, it didn’t work then and it won’t work now.”
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul quickly issued a response calling the ad an attempt to shift the discussion after the weak May jobs report.
With the Romney campaign blasting President Barack Obama’s handling of the economy in the wake of the new jobs report, the Obama campaign has continued their attack on Mitt Romney’s record as Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 until 2007. Pennsylvania Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and several local Massachusetts politicians held a conference call this afternoon arguing Mr. Romney “failed Massachusetts.”
“Mitt Romney’s made his business experience a centerpiece of his campaign for president and he claims that the experience and the lessons he learned would result in economic growth for this country,” Ms. Schwartz said. “Yet when you look at his experience and record as the Governor of Massachusetts at a critical time, you can see that it did not work. It failed Massachusetts at that time and it would fail this country as well at a time when economic growth is obviously of keen interest to all of us.”
After a few weeks of attacking Mitt Romney for his work at Bain Capital, the Obama campaign is spending the day focusing on his career as governor of Massachusetts. President Barack Obama’s senior political advisor, David Axelrod, is scheduled to appear with local politicians this morning at the Massachusetts State House with local politicians who served under Mr. Romney to “discuss Mitt Romney’s economic philosophy and his failed economic record in Massachusetts.” The campaign also released a web video featuring Massachusetts politicians criticizing Mr. Romney’s record in the Bay State.
Today, political types were feuding with each other. Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.
Earlier this evening National Review blogger Katrina Trinko published a story accusing Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of plagiarizing a passage in the book she co-wrote with her daughter, All Your Worth: The Ultimate Money Lifetime Plan. One hour and five minutes later, Ms. Trinko published a correction apologizing for the story.
“I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track,” Ms. Trinko said. “I apologize for the error.”