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.
President Barack Obama is in New Hampshire today for a campaign event. According to the White House pool report, after he arrived at the airport in Manchester this morning, President Obama stopped to shake hands with “a couple dozen supporters” on a rope line. The crowd at the airport included two toddlers holding American flags who were greeted by the president, but apparently “looked a bit disinterested.”
“I do great with the 2-3 year old crowd,” President Obama joked.
In advance of the upcoming elections, the women’s magazine Marie Claire got a look inside the purses of several prominent female candidates for their “Running in Heels” feature. Based on their findings, iPads and other Apple gear are must-have accessories on the campaign trail, but a few of the women in the article apparently tote less standard fare including one candidate with a heavy energy drink habit and another who’s packing heat.
While on vacation at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire Mitt Romney marched in a July 4th parade in Wolfeboro where his staff and supporters butted heads with people who were there backing President Barack Obama.
“Romney’s staff attempted to conceal Obama signs along the parade route, while Romney’s supporters in the crowd booed as the Obama campaign marched by–attempting to drown out Obama supporters who were chanting ‘Fighting for the middle class. Barack Obama has our back,’” an Obama supporter who was at the parade told The Politicker via email.
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,
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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley lost a race against New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
With his latest campaign ad blitz in the battleground states, President Barack Obama would like to remind you that the economic crisis began before he was in office. His ad, which will air in nine states, articulates what are clearly becoming the main early messages of his reelection bid; the economic recovery may be slow, but it is happening and the Obama administration has made a number of acheivements that make it worth keeping the faith for the many voters who believed in him during the last election.
“In 2008 an economic meltdown, 4.4 million jobs lost, America’s economy spiraling down. All before this president took the oath” a narrator says in between grim news clips from the financial crisis as the ad begins.
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.
Ron Paul, who is projected to take second place in the New Hampshire primary, spoke to an audience at his campaign headquarters shortly after Mitt Romney made his victory speech. Mr. Paul criticized the media and political establishment for “ignoring” his campaign, but assured his supporters they’ll still succeed in their quest to “restore freedom to this country.”
“I called Governor Romney a short while ago before he gave his talk and congratulated him, because he certainly had a clear cut victory, but we’re nibbling at his heels!” Mr. Paul said. Mr. Paul began his speech by thanking his staff and supporters. He also gave a sarcastic acknowledgment to the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper, which endorsed his rival Jon Huntsman.
“There was one other acknowledgment I wanted to make, I wanted to thank the Union Leader for not endorsing me,” Mr. Paul said.
After he was declared the winner in tonight’s New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney took the stage and delivered a victory speech where he slammed President Obama and defended himself against attacks on his time working with financial consulting firm Bain Capital.
“We do remember when Barack Obama came to New Hampshire four years ago. he promised to bring people together, he promised to change the broken system in Washington, he promised to improve our nation,” Mr. Romney said. “Those were the days of lofty promises made by a hopeful candidate. Today, we’re faced with the disappointing record of a failed president.”
Mitt Romney has scored another win tonight, defeating his rivals in New Hampshire. The networks declared the results at the earliest possible opportunity, as soon as the polls closed at 8 p.m. Mr. Romney’s New Hampshire victory comes as no surprise, as his dominance in Granite State polling had never been shaken.
Mr. Romney had previously eked out a win in Iowa last week by a mere 8 votes. The win provides a nice boost as his more ideologically rigid rivals compete with one another to coalesce enough voters to provide a substantive challenge to the Romney campaign.