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January 06, 2012 12:00 PM Friday’s campaign round-up

By Steve Benen

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Who won the Iowa caucuses? Probably Mitt Romney, but in light of some minor discrepancies, we’re not entirely sure.

* The Boston Globe, ostensibly Romney’s hometown paper, endorsed Jon Huntsman in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary. (The Globe is widely read in the Granite State.) Four years ago, the paper’s editorial board also snubbed Romney, endorsing John McCain.

* With Huntsman’s back against the wall, the pro-Huntsman super PAC is spending another $300,000 on television ads in New Hampshire. The Our Destiny super PAC is believed to be largely financed by the former governor’s wealthy father.

* Newt Gingrich told voters yesterday that if he’s able to speak to the NAACP as president, he’ll “go to their convention, talk about why the African American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

* Rick Santorum reportedly raised $2 million in two days for his presidential campaign. There’s no way he’ll keep up that pace, but it gives his campaign a fighting chance in the short term.

* On a related note, Santorum is fighting for a decent showing in New Hampshire, but he’s also looking ahead — the former senator’s campaign is making a big ad buy in South Carolina.

* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) believes he’s very likely to face a recall election in June. I think he’s right.

* Will North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) face a primary challenge from state Rep. Bill Faison (D)? It appears to be a distinct possibility.

* John McCain accidentally endorsed the president yesterday, telling a group of voters, “I am confident, with the leadership and the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around.” He corrected himself soon after.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • Mudge on January 06, 2012 12:12 PM:

    Hey, John McCain "corrected" (although what he said was true) a statement. Rare that a Republican does that.

  • June on January 06, 2012 12:22 PM:

    It occurs to me that if the Obama campaign were to use the Romney campaign's definition of what's "honest" in political ads, the Obama campaign could take that clip of John McCain and run with it, with a "what's the problem?" back to the Romney campaign.

  • patrick II on January 06, 2012 12:35 PM:

    @ Mudge
    No, Mudge, they "correct" true statements all of the time. It is the incorrect statements that they leave uncorrected.

  • g on January 06, 2012 12:43 PM:

    “I am confident, with the leadership and the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around.”

    Old Johnny's subconscious is showing how much McCain really hates having to endorse the Mittster.

  • Rugosa on January 06, 2012 1:12 PM:

    Question for the Newt: how does one demand a paycheck? Paychecks usually follow from having a job (although I understand why a Republican might not understand the relationship, as wingnut welfare comes in the form of a paycheck.) There just aren't a lot of jobs out there right now.

  • Morris on January 06, 2012 1:20 PM:

    Freudian slip! I supect there are a few R's who secretly prefer the President to the Mittster. If you had to deal with the Tea Party crew wouldn't you :-) Romney isn't going to be able to control them and the more reasonable R's have to realize that.

  • gus on January 06, 2012 1:23 PM:

    What Newt meant to say is that if he went before the NAACP he would say that black people shouldn’t get food stamps (which apparently are neither stamps nor food).

    Now, what he meant to say by black people demanding paychecks...well, I can only hope he isn’t encouraging people to rob to earn a living. No. He is Newt Gingrich. He didn’t mean that. It just sounded that crazy.

    What he meant is to just say something demeaning which comes across to the casual reader or listener as lacking concise meaning or being based in sound logic or even sounding reasonable.

  • RepublicanPointOfView on January 06, 2012 2:44 PM:

    It is unseemly of Steve Benen to present partial quotes!

    The full quote from Senator McCain is "I am confident, with the leadership and the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around by resigning from office and retiring to Hawaii with all of the other foreigners there."

  • CJColucci on January 06, 2012 4:41 PM:

    When my black wife heard Gingrich say that, her jaw literally dropped. The look on her face was undescribable.
    Suffice it to say that, to anyone but Gingrich and his ilk, it's perfectly obvious that most black people already have paychecks rather than food stamps, and the vast majority of those who do get food stamps would much rather get paychecks -- especially paychecks high enough to make them ineligible for food stamps. Need I point out that Barack Obama knows this, and knows it better than Newt Gingrich?