At a White House briefing this morning, President Barack Obama’s Press Secretary, Jay Carney, was asked to respond to Mitt Romney’s charge the president is running an “angry and desperate” re-election campaign. Team Romney’s complaints about the negative nature of the Obama campaign have focused on an ad run by a pro-Obama super PAC that attempted to tie Mr. Romney’s work at Bain Capital to a woman’s death from cancer, a suggestion by a top Obama campaign staffer that Mr. Romney may have committed a felony by claiming he left Bain earlier than he did and a recent remark from Vice President Joe Biden that Mr. Romney’s economic policies would enable banks to put people “back in chains.”
Mr. Carney told the reporters in attendance the complaints about the super PAC ad were an “obvious attempt to distract attention by focusing so much of your attention on an ad that never ran as I understood it.” When the reporter who asked about the Romney campaign’s complaints corrected Mr. Carney and informed him the commercial did indeed appear on television, he said it only ran “inadvertently, according to a press report and a stationery record.”
Republicans are using a pair of Democratic heavyweights to fight the Obama campaigns repeated charge that Mitt Romney shipped American jobs overseas as Governor of Massachusetts and through his work with Bain Capital. This morning, the Romney campaign released an ad entitled “No Evidence” citing criticisms of the Obama campaign’s outsourcing attacks featuring footage of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign saying, “Shame on you Barack Obama.” The RNC also released a research paper focused on Senator Chuck Schumer criticizing stimulus projects for driving money to “foreign companies.”
President Barack Obama’s bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio made a stop at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio this evening where he mingled with the patrons. According to the press pool report filed by The New York Times’ Mark Landler, the president suggested one of the bargoers ask for the channel to be changed on a pub TV that was showing Fox News:
“As he thanked the group for their support, one of them, Jeff Hawks, gestured to one of the TV’s and said, ‘You’re in a building that has Fox news on.’
Obama suggested that Hawks ask for it to be changed. ‘The customer is always right,’ he said.”
Former New York governor, Slate writer and Current TV host Eliot Spitzer is adding another media job to his resumé–contributor on NY1′s nightly chat fest Inside City Hall. Starting July 10, Mr. Spitzer will join former Mayor Ed Koch and ex-Senator Al D’Amato as one of the show’s “Wiseguys” who weigh in on hot political topics.
“I am delighted to be joining two of New York’s sharpest political minds to discuss the important issues of the day,” Mr. Spitzer said in a statement distributed by the local cable news network.
Mitt Romney has already shown television audiences what he would do on the first day of his hypothetical presidency, but his newest ads reveals what he’d like to do with his first 100 days in office. Mr. Romney released four variations of an ad entitled “First 100 Days” for audiences in Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and North Carolina. The ads contain different promises for each state.
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign released a new ad today that they described as “the first in a series of television advertisements that highlight President Obama’s commitment to issues important to women and their families.” The ad begins by touting President Obama’s background as “the son of a single mom” and “proud father of two daughters” before noting that “the first law he signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.”
“I’m loving it,” said Roseanne Barr, recently announced presidential candidate. “I find that I can be more honest in politics than in Hollywood.”
Not that she’s ever been accused of demurring in either realm.
Seeking to run on the Green Party line, Ms. Barr’s presidential bid, she said, is primarily motivated by her dissatisfaction with both major political parties—in particular their candidates, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, whom she referred to as “total buffoons.”
“That’s what I say: I’m the only serious comedian in this race,” Ms. Barr added.
In a career spanning more than 40 years, including rollicking standup performances, a watershed sitcom and a memorable performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Ms. Barr has been at turns provocative, endearing, innovative and combative. As of February, she has turned her considerable personality toward the interests of the American electorate. In a pair of lengthy interviews with The Observer, she outlined not only her political aspirations, but the possibility of returning to television—and not necessarily in the way you would expect.
This morning, Mitt Romney released a follow up to his “Day One” television commercial that encourages viewers to imagine the beginnings of a Romney presidency. Aptly titled, “Day One, Part Two,” the new ad lists more things Mr. Romney’s says he’d do in his first day on the job.
“What would a Romney Presidency be like?” a narrator asks at the beginning of the ad.
Mitt Romney’s newest television commercial, entitled “Day One,” encourages viewers to envision him in the White House.
“What would a Romney Presidency be like?” a narrator asks as the ad begins.
Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, is horrified President Barack Obama said his young daughters influenced his decision to come out in support of gay marriage. Ms. Palin took to her blog today to bash the president for being molded by their young minds and one of America’s top rated television comedies.
“Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee,” Ms. Palin wrote.