Stumping in Staten Island last night, Anthony Weiner took a swipe at how President Barack Obama sold his signature health care initiative to the American public.
“I tried to make the point that I think President Obama never made very effectively, which is, health care is about the economy,” Mr. Weiner said in front of a Democratic club on the island’s North Shore. “We [have] such a large amount of our dollars being poured into health care for workers, those are dollars that can’t go into giving people wage increases.”
Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
Yesterday, a record 20 women were sworn in to the U.S. Senate. To mark the occasion ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer had all of the female senators on for a group interview. One of the major topics of the discussion was the belief of many of the senators that they achieve better results than their male colleagues on a variety of issues including the budget, immigration reform and climate change. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow got the ball rolling when she suggested women are more inclined to get results by working in a bipartisan manner.
“It was the first time in 2001 when we had enough women to actually be on every committee, to have a woman’s voice, a woman’s experience [and] a woman’s values on every committee. You fast forward to now, the new year. There will be six of us chairing committees and other women in the ranking member spot,” Ms. Stabenow said. “And I think the public understands to get things done, we’re the ones that want to work across the aisle to do that.”
Maine Senator Susan Collins took the argument a step further by saying if women were in charge of the Senate and in the White House there would be a solution to the budget debate that has gripped Washington.
“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Ms. Collins said.
Yesterday, Mitt Romney wrapped up his six state bus tour in Michigan, the state where he was raised and his father was governor from 1963 until 1969. In an appearance in Michigan yesterday, Mr. Romney made a bold prediction to the audience.
“I’m going to win Michigan with your help!” he said.
The Obama campaign is also predicting the outcome in Michigan, but they say Mr. Romney has not shot. In a statement released last night, Obama For America spokeswoman Lis Smith shot down Mr. Romney’s promise of a victory in the Wolverine State.
When Mitt Romney was extensively courting Michigan’s Republican voters during the primary election there, he told crowds that the trees were the “right height” in the state. He did this again and again.
However, in a major development in the campaign, Public Policy Polling asked the state’s likely voters whether the altitude of their treetops seemed right and only 38% agreed with Mr. Romney.
Never Gonna Give You Up
Though all the major news outlets have projected a win for Mitt Romney in last night’s crucial Michigan primary, Rick Santorum’s campaign operatives are clearly unwilling to accept their candidate’s loss. According to CNN, Mr. Santorum called Mr. Romney to congratulate him before making a speech to supporters in Grand Rapids, Michigan last night, but as Mr. Santorum was on stage, his campaign manager, Mike Biundo posted a picture of the moment on his Facebook page and titled it “Rick Santorum’s Victory Night Michigan.” After the speech was over, Mr. Santorum’s top strategist, John Brabender, told reporters, “We may have won Michigan.”
Law & Order
Natasha Loder, the Midwest correspondent for The Economist, showed up to cover Mitt Romney’s victory speech at the Diamond Center in Novi, Michigan tonight and wound up in handcuffs.
Ms. Loder told The Politicker she was briefly detained by police before being let go after getting into a dispute with a private security guard outside the room where Mr. Romney was speaking.
Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum in a pair Republican presidential primaries tonight–a widely expected win in Arizona and a close, crucial victory in Michigan. With his wins tonight, Mr. Romney built on his delegate lead and stopped the momentum Mr. Santorum was beginning to enjoy after a trio of victories in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado earlier this month.
Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, sent an enraged email to supporters tonight accusing “President Obama’s re-election team” of trying to get Democrats to vote for Rick Santorum in tomorrow’s influential Michigan primary and vowing to take revenge.
“This is politics at its worst. It doesn’t get much more pathetic,” Mr. Rhoades wrote.