Blog Posts by Holly Bailey

  • Tom Ridge endorses Jon Huntsman in GOP primary

    Ridge and Huntsman (Cheryl Senter/AP)Jon Huntsman picked up the endorsement of a key moderate Republican in his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

    Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge announced he's backing Huntsman during a campaign event in New Hampshire Friday.

    "Gov. Huntsman is the only candidate with demonstrated success at the state, national and international levels," Ridge, who served as the country's first Homeland Security secretary, said in a statement. "Jon has a proven record in creating jobs, strengthening America's competitiveness and advancing our interests in a global economy."

    Ridge's endorsement is sure to prompt more comparisons between Huntsman's 2012 effort and John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.

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  • Why Rick Perry won’t be hurt by the stay of Duane Buck’s execution

    Perry in Iowa (Charlie Neibergall/AP)Rick Perry hasn't been shy about touting his record as governor of Texas on the campaign trail. In his bid for the Republican nomination, Perry has talked up job creation numbers in the state, his handling of the Texas budget and other favorable stats.

    But here's a record Perry so far hasn't gone out of his way to mention: Since becoming the state's chief executive more than a decade ago, Perry has overseen 235 executions, more than any other governor in history.

    It's an eye-popping statistic that's getting a little more attention today. On Thursday, the Supreme Court, which has generally declined to intervene in state death penalty cases in recent years, halted the execution of what would have been the 236th Texas prisoner sentenced to death on Perry's watch.

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  • Poll: A third of Americans believe Clinton would’ve been a better president

    Clinton (Jeff Chiu/AP)Hillary Clinton has repeatedly said she has no intention of running against President Obama in 2012. But her insistence hasn't stilled a growing wave of buyers' remorse among voters who believe the country would be better off had she been elected president in 2008.

    A new Bloomberg News poll released Friday finds that a third of Americans believe Clinton would have been a better president than Barack Obama. That includes a plurality—44 percent—of self-described tea party Republicans, even though a majority of tea partiers still have an unfavorable view of Clinton.

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  • Mitt Romney says he’d pick a VP like Dick Cheney

    Cheney (Rose Palmisano/Orange County Register via AP)Four years ago, Vice President Dick Cheney was practically persona non grata on the Republican campaign trail, dogged by dismal poll numbers and concern among GOP candidates that his controversial tenure might alienate voters.

    But Cheney's position may have changed. Campaigning in Arizona Wednesday, Mitt Romney went out of his way to praise the former vice president, telling a crowd that if he wins the nomination he wants to pick a running mate as skilled as Cheney.

    "I think it was last weekend I was watching C-SPAN, and I saw Vice President Dick Cheney and he was being asked questions about a whole host of issues--following 9/11, the affairs in various countries in the world. And I listened to him speak and said whether you agree or disagree with him, this a man of wisdom and judgment, and he could have been president of the United States," Romney told the crowd, per NBC's Garrett Haake. "That's the kind of person I'd like to have--a person of wisdom and judgment."

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  • Want to meet Obama or Romney? Here’s your chance

    Romney (Julie Jacobson/AP)Have you been dreaming about hanging out up close and personal with Mitt Romney or President Obama? Well, today might be your lucky day.

    Romney and Obama are offering donors to their campaigns a chance to spend time with them on the trail in exchange for a contribution to their respective 2012 efforts.

    In Obama's case, donors who pony up $5 or more will be entered for a chance to have a "meal and a conversation" with the president.

    The meetings are "a chance for me to talk one on one with people like you who are taking ownership of this campaign and connect with the work going on every day in neighborhoods across the country," the president explained an email sent out in his name to his campaign mailing list this afternoon. "These dinners also set our campaign apart. No matter what our opponents do over the next 14 months, dinners like these are how we will continue to put people at the heart of this campaign--and prove that we don't need checks from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PAC money to win an election."

    Yet Obama's offer came after a similar email sent to supporters of Romney's campaign this morning, in which the former Massachusetts governor offers donors handing over $5 or more a chance to spend the day with him on the trail in New Hampshire.

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  • Obama’s approval rating in California takes a hit

    Obama in California in April (Reed Saxon/AP)Even as his poll numbers have fallen nationally, President Obama has always been able to count on support from reliably Democratic California. But a new survey suggests the president might be facing troubles in the Golden State as well.

    A new Field Poll released Wednesday finds voters in California are statistically divided on Obama's job performance. Forty-six percent approve of Obama's overall performance as president, while 44 percent disapprove. (The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 points.)

    That's a drop of eight points since June, when Obama's job approval was 54 percent among Californians. Obama's latest job approval number in the state is the lowest of his presidency—a sign that Obama may have to work harder to consolidate support in California ahead of his 2012 re-election bid.

    Indeed, just under half of Californians believe Obama should be re-elected in 2012, while 44 percent believe voters should pick someone new—a slight increase since earlier this summer.

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  • Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval backs Rick Perry

    Sandoval (Julie Jacobson/AP)Rick Perry has picked up a key endorsement in his bid for the 2012 Republican nomination. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval announced late Tuesday he'll back the Texas governor in the race, giving Perry an important show of support in a key early GOP caucus state and likely swing state in 2012.

    The move isn't so surprising: Perry and Sandoval have long been considered close political allies. But Sandoval's endorsement is a blow to Mitt Romney's campaign.

    The former Massachusetts governor won the Republican caucuses in the state in 2008 and needs a win there again next year to further his hopes of winning the 2012 nomination.

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  • LAST TICKET: Perry raised $30k from Merck; Palin raises cash off 2012 decision

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

    • Rick Perry has deeper ties to the maker of the controversial HPV vaccine than he suggested. (Texas Tribune)

    • Sarah Palin's PAC is raising cash off of her pending 2012 decision. (Conservatives 4 Palin)

    • Mitt Romney is gaining in "positive intensity" among GOP voters. (Gallup)

    • Lindsey Graham doesn't like Perry's position on Afghanistan. (The Cable)

    • Will 2012ers have to spend New Year's Eve campaigning in Iowa? (First Read)

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  • Obama campaign aims to raise $55 million by end of the month

    (Charles Dharapak/AP)While much of the political focus has been on the Republican primary race in recent days, President Obama is continuing to assemble a hefty war chest ahead of next year's general election.

    Per the Associated Press' Ken Thomas, top Obama aides are aiming to raise $55 million by the end of the year's third fundraising quarter, which ends on Sept. 30. That total represents cash raised by the Obama campaign as well as a joint fund-raising committee set up between the campaign and the Democratic National Committee that is raising cash to boost the president's election.

    The fundraising goal is significantly less than the $86 million Obama raised between April and June, the last fundraising quarter. But Obama aides have been cautioning about a slowdown in cash receipts for months—in spite of Obama's busy campaign schedule this summer.

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  • Was Rick Perry suffering back pain during last night’s debate?

    Perry (Win McNamee/Getty Images)Rick Perry seemed a bit off his game during last night's Republican presidential debate in Florida. Was he was suffering from back pain?

    That's what Texas Monthly's Paul Burka, a journalist who has watched Perry more closely than anybody, thinks.

    "He looked uncomfortable, his face was strained, his combativeness was muted," Burka writes. "He looked to me like a man with back pain. I wondered if he were wearing a brace. I've had back surgery, and it hurt to watch him."

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