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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Morning News and Views, Part III

This has been the most expensive presidential election in history, and there remains to be confirmed Republican nominee. Mitt Romney is outspending Rick Santorum six to one, not counting a sizable investment in Tuesday's Super Tuesday from Political Action Committees supporting Romney. Ron Paul, who spent large amounts on non-traditional media, is banking his grassroots organization and younger voters to gain ground on Tuesday. The Republican candidates and a few independent groups have spent nearly $10 million on television and radio ads in seven states that vote on Super Tuesday. More than half of that total comes from the Mitt Romney-backing Restore Our Future, which is running spots criticizing Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. The infusion of cash has swelled total ad spending in the GOP presidential race to more than $75 million. That's according to a review of Federal Election Commission data and information provided to The Associated Press by several media buyers. About $40 million has been spent by the Romney campaign and Restore Our Future to support the former Massachusetts governor. The latest figures provide more evidence of the oversized role that these groups have played in the campaign.

While the media is declairing "wins" and "losses" as if the elections are playoff games of some sport, the reality is that the ballot count at the national convention is what counts. No candidate is near the required amount, yet Newt Gingrich has become the first to call for delegates to change and support whomever the nominee is on the first ballot. Gingrich is calling for unity. Newt Gingrich says he has no doubts that the Republican presidential candidates who fall short of winning the nomination will unite behind the eventual nominee - despite the often tough rhetoric the contenders are throwing at each other during the campaign.Gingrich says "people shouldn't be at all confused about that" and that the GOP's goal is to deny President Barack Obama a second term. He tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that Obama's re-election would be "such a disaster to the future of this country" that all the Republicans in the presidential race will "come firmly behind" the eventual nominee.

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says he sees no evidence that the Obama administration is taking steps to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon. Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that Iran is playing the U.S. leadership for fools.  He says the White House is "trying desperately" to persuade the Israelis not to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. But Gingrich says no leader of Israel could responsibly allow Tehran to have nuclear capability. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. President Barack Obama is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Monday.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says Rush Limbaugh was wrong to call a college student a "slut" and "prostitute" in the debate over contraception coverage, and was right to apologize for the comments.Gingrich tells CNN's "State of the Union" that he's glad the conservative commentator issued the apology on Saturday and that it's time to move beyond the controversy. Gingrich says it's "silly" to suggest that Limbaugh speaks for the GOP. Gingrich contends the media are "trying desperately to protect" President Barack Obama. Limbaugh apologized to a Georgetown University law student who spoke out about her support for requiring health care providers to cover birth control for women. A number of advertisers say they're cancelling their ads on Limbaugh's talk show because of his remarks.
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Mitt Romney has his fourth straight win in hand as the Republican presidential race heads to Super Tuesday.  Romney scored a double-digit victory in Washington state's caucuses yesterday. He says the message is voters want a president who "knows how to get the federal government out of the way so that the economy can once again grow vigorously."  Tuesday's 10-state bonanza features contests from Alaska to Ohio and Massachusetts. It also puts a focus on the South. Newt Gingrich is staking his entire campaign on a big victory
Tuesday in Georgia. Meanwhile, Rick Santorum is trying to make inroads in Tennessee with a socially conservative message. Ron Paul is also seeking to keep his candidacy and plans to campaign in
Alaska today.

Opposition leaders and Russian observers say they are seeing widespread violations in elections that are expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin. Putin, who was president in 2000-2008, is expected to easily win the Sunday election against four challengers. But if credible evidence of vote manipulation emerges, it would bolster the determination of opposition forces to continue the unprecedented wave of protests that arose in December.  Lilia Shibanova of the independent elections watchdog agency Golos said her organization is receiving reports of so-called "carousel voting," in which busloads of voters are driven around
to cast ballots multiple times.  Mikhail Kasyanov, who was Putin's first prime minister and later went into opposition, said "These elections are not free ... we will not recognize the president as legitimate."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is sick how much money is being spent in this election. I understand that there is going to be money spent but with how the economy is and education cut this money could be used in a better way.

Shawn Chaytor
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