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Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has been Mitt Romney's most high-profile supporter in his critically important battleground state of Florida. Rubio was with Romney as he campaigned in the Sunshine State Thursday, and ABC's Jonathan Karl asked the junior senator whether it is possible for Romney to win the election without winning Florida.
"I think it's very important to win and obviously difficult to come up with a formula for victory - I am sure there is one but let's not even try. Let's win Florida. We feel great about the way things are going but it's going to be competitive, it's going to be close," Rubio said.
But Rubio warns, that with just days to go, the state is not a sure thing for the Republican nominee.
"I think at this stage in the campaign you don't take anything for granted," Rubio said. "And so we like what we've done here in Florida but we got to make sure people go out and vote."
Rubio empathizes with his fellow Republican Chris Christie of New Jersey, who has put politics aside to concentrate on recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
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Dick Cheney has heart -- specifically, a new heart. And with it comes a fiery and defiant Cheney that had been absent in recent years.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News and Yahoo News, Cheney says he feels "excellent," and reflects on how far he has come since 2010 -- when he was in end stage heart failure and had undergone a grueling operation to have a pump installed in his heart.
"Two years ago this time I was on a respirator, heavily sedated. Just had a pump… installed on my heart because my heart had gotten so weak after six heart attacks and 30-some years of heart disease that it was, you know, it was at the end." he said.
Cheney, 71, weighed in on the 2012 presidential race, wading into an issue that has been plaguing presumptive nominee Mitt Romney: tax returns. Back in 2000, as a potential vice-presidential pick, Cheney released ten years of tax returns. Then Governor Bush at the time also released ten years. Romney has released just two, though Cheney says he has "great confidence" in what has been released.
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If there were ever a Republican for President Obama to work with, it was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe. She was one of just three Republicans in the entire Congress to vote for his economic stimulus plan in 2009 and even tried to work with him on health care, but in an interview with ABC's Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Snowe makes a remarkable revelation: She hasn't had a face-to-face meeting with President Obama in nearly two years.
Snowe said that if she had to grade the President on his willingness to work with Republicans, he would "be close to failing on that point." In fact, Snowe, who was first elected to Congress in 1978, claims that her meetings with President Obama have been less frequent than with any other President.
Whenshe announced suddenly in February that she was not going to run for reelection - after three terms in the US Senate and a previous 14 years in the House of Representatives - colleagues and commentators alike were stunned.
- Jonathan Karl at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago
In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor's race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.
"I am big believer in getting money where the money is," Romney says on the video, "The money is in Washington."
The video, which was surreptitiously shot by Democratic opponents of Romney on Oct. 16, 2002, shows him addressing a group called the New Bedford Industrial Foundation. The Power Point presentation he uses lists ways to improve economic development in Massachusetts, including "boost federal involvement."
"I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities," Romney tells the group.
And while Romney now often criticizes his opponents for being Washington insiders, in this video he touts his Washington connections.
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In politics, it's what you said — not what you meant to say — that matters.
And Mitt Romney knows as well as anyone that the past can haunt you. His Republican primary opponents have spent the last several months seizing on the words he uttered when he was running for office in Massachusetts. Quotes like "I'm someone who is moderate, my views are progressive."
But if Romney wins the nomination, there's a whole new set of words that have come out of his mouth this campaign season that the Democrats will surely use again him.
Here are a few — watch our Spinners and Winners video for the full top 5. And see how the context can sometimes really change the meaning. But that all important context may not be what you hear in those ads from Democrats in a few months.
- "Corporations are people my friend," Romney famously retorted in Iowa to a crowd questioning his corporate tax policies. He went on to explain that "everything corporations earn ultimately goes to people." But no matter. The damage was done.
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For the reporters on the campaign trail, hearing the stump speech -- often over and over each day — is part of the routine. You listen for the slightest changes in the rhetoric being spun in the stump speech as it is delivered before crowds both big and small.
For those reporters on the Mitt Romney campaign, the stump speech is so familiar they nearly know it by heart. Little from this speech has changed from Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina and Florida. The speech, like the candidate, is disciplined and focused. ABC's Emily Friedman explains that the Romney stump speech includes lines from the song "America the Beautiful" recited (never sung) every day — often three or four times per day at each event.
But Newt Gingrich campaigns very differently. He never gives the same speech twice. He is as unpredictable as Romney is consistent. In one 12-hour stretch in Florida, reporters heard three entirely different speeches on very different topics — from space policy to an evisceration of his opponents to a history lesson.