Karl Rove: Map good for Obama
Karl Rove is bullish on Obama, Paul Ryan says Catholics can disagree, FreedomWorks endorses against Hatch and Newt Gingrich will “go bye-bye.”
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Karl Rove is out with his first analysis of the 2012 electoral map. He’s pretty optimistic about President Obama’s chances, giving the incumbent a solid lead in 18 states and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney a solid lead in only 15. Interestingly, he has South Carolina, a state Obama lost by nine points in 2008, listed as a “toss-up.” Lest you think he’s just revving up Republicans, Rove was pretty accurate in 2008. But he’s also going to update his map as we get closer to the actual election.
* House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) responded to Catholic critics today at Georgetown University. Dozens of Catholic faculty members sent Ryan a letter chiding him for defending a budget plan that gives tax breaks to the rich while cutting programs for the poor. Ryan hit back at “Catholics who for a long time have thought they had a monopoly of sorts, not exactly on heaven, but on the social teaching of our Church.”
* Vice President Joe Biden
vigorously defended Obama’s record in a speech at New York University Law School today, telling students, “If you’re looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Biden attacked Romney as a flip-flopper stuck in a Cold War mentality.
* A former member of the National Labor Relations Board stopped advising Romney late last year, the candidate’s
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