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Romney gaining ground with women, tied with Obama in battleground states

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who clinched the GOP nomination with a win in the Texas primary Tuesday, is climbing in the polls and with a key constituency: Women voters. New polls released this week showed Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama in dead heats in key battleground states and the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals a “sharp advance” in Romney’s favorability rating. “We see areas of concern,” a top Democratic strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue Wednesday night. Obama’s approval rating among women voters dropped 21 points in the last month while Romney’s rating is up 13 points. 
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Condi Rice endorses Mitt Romney: Is she a potential running mate?

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State during the Presidency of George W. Bush, Wednesday endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Said Rice at a fundraiser in California: We care about the future of this country and the future of the world and I’m delighted to join so many friends here in supporting and, in my case, endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States. We have to defend the country, not just from (a position of) strength and power but from a sense of values of who we are. GOP insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that Rice is on Romney’s
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Obama congratulates Romney for securing GOP nod while launching new attacks

President Barack Obama, saying he is looking forward to an “important and healthy debate about America’s future,” called presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Wednesday and congratulated him on clinching the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. The call came as all verifiable counts showed Romney secured the nomination by winning the Texas primary Tuesday, pushing his delegate count well past the 1,144 needed to win the vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention in Tampa in August. “The call was brief and cordial,” said Romney campaign chairman Ben LeBolt and came while the Obama campaign launched a
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Uh, excuse us Mr. Romney, but how do you spell ‘America?’

Memo to Mitt Romney:  If you’re going to go high-tech, hire some folks who can spell. Romney’s campaign released a new iPhone app that allows the user to take a photo with the phone and then overlay a pro-Romney message.  One of the various messages available is supposed to say: “A Better America.” Only the graphic mangles “America” so that it comes out “Amercia.” We’re waiting for some conspiracy theorist to claim the typo proves Romney is a part of a CIA plan to seize control of America…or is it Amercia? The app was updated late Wednesday to fix the
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Mitt Romney clinches nomination with Texas win; Ron Paul strikes out in home state

All Mitt Romney needed to do in the Texas GOP primary Tuesday was win at least 38 percent of the vote to gather enough delegates to officially clinch the nomination for President. He pulled down 69 percent, picked up 97 of the proportionally awarded delegates and cleared the 1,144 total hurdle with numbers. The Republican National Committee and Associated Press count shows Romney with 1,183 delegates. “It’s over. Romney is the nominee,” GOP political strategist Jonathan Dalton told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday night.  “Ron Paul’s faithful followers can pack the remaining state conventions and caucuses until the cows come home
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Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

During the Vietnam war, many who served in that controversial conflict became anti-war activists and some turned in their medals or tossed them over the fence at the White House. It’s happening again. Irag and Afghan war vets joined in the protests at last week’s NATO summit in Chicago.  At one point, a group of more than three dozen veterans of both conflicts lined up and threw their medals over a fence. Said former naval officer Leah Bolger: We’re standing up to the illegal wars of both NATO and America.  The atrocities have to stop.  We have to to make
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Male vets prefer Romney while women support Obama

Military veterans — mostly older men — clearly support presumptive GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney over incumbent President Barack Obama, a new Gallup poll shows. Some 58 percent of veterans support Romney, compared to just 34 percent who prefer Obama, Gallup found in an April 11-March survey. Among non-vets, Obama leads Romney 48-44 percent but the race is tired at 46 percent apiece among all registered voters. The bulk of Romney’s support from veterans comes from men while women vets prefer Obama 47-42 percent while non-veteran women prefer the President 49-42 percent. Says Gallup: The small percentage of female veterans
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Romney can ignore Trump’s zany ideas in exchange for support

Mitt Romney doesn’t care if off-the-wall billionaire Donald Trump is a “birther” who supports the discredited movement that questions President Barack Obama’s citizenship. The presumptive GOP Presidential nominee wants Trump’s support and is willing to overlook the real estate mogul’s support of crackpot ideas to get it. Says Romney: You know I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is that they don’t agree with everything I believe in.  But i need to get 50.1 percent ore more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people. In other words, bring
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Wall Street dumps Obama, showers Romney with campaign cash

Wall Street, fed up with a barrage of attacks from President Barack Obama, is abandoning the incumbent President and throwing is considerable weight and wealth behind presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. “They have basically ditched Obama,” Center for Public Integrity managing editor John Dunbar told CNN. “Romney is just a much friendlier candidate if you are a banker.” And Romney’s new-found friends have money to burn.  Wall Street execs wrote checks for $8.5 million to Romney through the end of April, compared to $3 million for Obama. That’s a sharp turnaround from 2008 when Obama raked in $16 million while
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Obama steps up attacks on Romney, looks for ways to capture missing campaign energy

President Barack Obama delivered his harshest rebuttal yet to rival Mitt Romney on Thursday, dismissing his challenger’s claims as “a cowpie of distortions” while seeking to rekindle the all-but-faded Iowa magic that launched him in 2008. Escalating his criticism of Romney’s background as a venture capitalist, Obama said it wasn’t adequate preparation for the presidency. “There may be value for that kind of experience, but it’s not in the White House,” Obama said. The speech, to a cheering Iowa crowd of about 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, represented a new intensity for Obama’s campaign as Romney begins to hit
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