Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Chris Christie’s approval rating hits a new low

    christie approvalChris Christie may be the subject of 2012 draft movements in Iowa and South Carolina, but the New Jersey governor is facing skepticism on the home front.

    A new Quinnipiac Poll finds Christie's once sky-high approval rating has hit a new low with New Jersey voters, who are split over the governor's job performance. The poll finds 47 percent of voters disapprove of the job Christie is doing, while 44 percent approve—his lowest number since he won election in 2009.

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  • Barack Obama is officially the baby whisperer

    (Photo by Pete Souza/WH)Politicians seem to love nothing more than to run into a baby on the campaign trail. They hug them, they kiss them, they swing them around in the air--perhaps knowing that posing with a cute kid softens their image among prospective voters.

    But leave it to Barack Obama to go and one up his fellow pols, by appearing to magically silence a wailing baby with only a simple touch. It's a feat of infant-wrangling that appears to surprise even First Lady Michelle Obama.

    It happened last week at the president's annual congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House and was captured on video by an Obama staff videographer.

    You can watch the video after the jump:

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  • Santorum web ad trashes Huntsman on abortion

    santorum huntsmanRick Santorum hasn't been shy about going after his 2012 GOP rivals, and Jon Huntsman is no exception.

    Santorum's presidential campaign released a web video today mocking Huntsman's quirky campaign spots that were released ahead of his official 2012 kick off. The ads featured an unidentified motocross rider blazing across the desert as a countdown ticked off the days remaining until his announcement.

    The Santorum parody ad is strikingly similar to Huntsman's--which also show a man riding dirt bike through the desert. "Hasn't signed the anti-abortion pledge," a message on the scene says. "Just like Mitt Romney…"

    Seconds later, the rider wipes out.

    You can watch the ad after the jump, courtesy of the Santorum campaign:

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  • Newt Gingrich loses his campaign finance team

    (Photo of Gingrich: Patrick Semansky/AP)

    In yet another major blow to Newt Gingrich's 2012 bid, his top fundraisers resigned from the campaign this morning .

    A Gingrich spokesman confirmed to the Associated Press's Shannon McCaffrey that fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman have quit the former House speaker's struggling presidential campaign.

    Their departures come just two weeks after more than a dozen top Gingrich staffers resigned en masse amid complaints the ex-lawmaker wasn't serious enough about his 2012 bid.

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  • Bristol Palin trashes the McCain family in upcoming memoir

    (Photo of Bristol Palin: Alex Brandon/AP)John McCain and Sarah Palin have long insisted things are all good between them, even after their losing 2008 presidential effort wound up with a nasty bout finger pointing between loyalists to the two former running mates. But the family members of both candidates are not being so publicly amicable.

    As ABC News's Sheila Marikar reports, Bristol Palin trashes the McCain clan in her new upcoming memoir, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far."

    It's unclear from Marikar's report whether the 20-year-old Palin daughter specifically mentions her mother's running mate, but her book does slam McCain's wife, Cindy, for acting like "royalty" and accuses the senator's 26-year-old daughter, Meghan, of being a snobby whiner.

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  • Jon Huntsman officially launches 2012 bid

    huntsman announceJon Huntsman, the former Utah governor who recently left his job as President Obama's ambassador to China, will officially launch his bid for the 2012 GOP nomination today

    Huntsman will declare his intentions at an announcement rally in Liberty State Park in New Jersey, overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, before he takes his tour to New Hampshire, a state considered pivotal to his political fortunes.

    According to speech excerpts released by his campaign, Huntsman will play up his foreign service and his time as governor. And he'll also vow to run a different kind of campaign—insisting he'll rise above the poisonous rhetoric that has come to dominate the political discourse.

    "I don't think you need to run down anyone's reputation to run for president. Of course we'll have our disagreements," Huntsman will say, according to his campaign. "I respect my fellow Republican candidates. And I respect the president. He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help the country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president; not who's the better American."

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  • LAST TICKET: GOP voters still antsy about Mormons; Is John Thune reconsidering a 2012 bid?

    Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Nearly one in five Republicans won't support a Mormon in 2012. (Gallup)

    • Is John Thune reconsidering a 2012 bid? (The Hill)

    • The RNC raised $6.2 million in May, but remains $18.5 million in debt. (Fox News)

    • Jim DeMint is still trying to explain why he supported Mitt Romney's health care bill in 2008. (Political Ticker)

    • Newt Gingrich hasn't replaced his Iowa staff. (Des Moines Register)

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  • Romney under fire for refusing to sign anti-abortion pledge

    romney abortionMitt Romney is under fire from Republican rivals and pro-life activists after the 2012 GOP frontrunner declined to sign a sweeping anti-abortion pledge put forward by a conservative group.

    The former Massachusetts governor refused to sign an anti-abortion petition sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony List, a group that supports pro-life candidates for office, on the grounds that the pledge's wording was too strict.

    In an op-ed published in National Review, Romney defended his stance, insisting he shares the goals of the SBAL but questioning that the petition as worded would put federal funding for hospitals at risk.

    "I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother," Romney wrote. "I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench."

    But, Romney added, the group's "well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences."

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  • Rick Perry said to be ’50-50′ on 2012 presidential run

    (Photo of Perry: Patrick Semansky/AP)Rick Perry's top political aide, Dave Carney, says the Texas governor is "50-50" on whether he'll jump in the race for the 2012 GOP nomination. Carney, a longtime strategist with Perry, says any decision is still weeks away.

    Carney, who resigned earlier this month from Newt Gingrich's campaign, told Politico's Jonathan Martin that Perry is still trying to determine whether he really has the desire to go through the rigors of a potentially bruising presidential campaign.

    "I think that's part of the decision-making process when you take a look exactly at what it's going to take to do this," Carney tells Martin. "Then it's gut time."

    The governor's gut aside, the most important immediate factor is whether Perry can quickly assemble a campaign infrastructure to match the operations that some of his potential GOP rivals, including Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, have invested years building.

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  • Here are the stories we took note of today but didn't give the full blog treatment:

    • Chris Christie denies a public records request about his interactions with Fox News chief Roger Ailes. (Gawker)

    • Sarah Palin rebuts a report that she's close to a 2012 decision. (Political Ticker)

    • Does Mitt Romney really have a tea party problem? (First Read)

    • President Obama trails a generic GOP challenger. (Gallup)

    • Obama and John Boehner are playing golf tomorrow. (Fox News)

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