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Wednesday
Oct242012

Eye | Lara Stone in Euphoria by Calvin Klein | Obama Covers GQ France, Predicts Fiscal Compromise

Lara Stone smolders in Calvin Klein’s new Euphoria commercial, directed by Fabien Baron.

President Obama covers the November issue of GQ France. Of greater interest to American pundits is the fallout or upside concerning Obama’s conversations with an Iowa newspaper.

After a scathing blog post by the Des Moines Register about President Barack Obama’s interview with the newspaper being off the record, a transcript of the interview was posted this morning.

In the interview, the president articulated his goals on immigration, saying he felt “confident” about accomplishing immigration reform in a second terms. Obama also referenced what he described as the GOP’s alientation of the Latino Community. CNN continues the report:

“And this is a relatively new phenomenon,” he continued. “George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they’re going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it’s the right thing to do and I’ve cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.”

President Obama talked at length about the upcoming “fiscal cliff” he expects to avoid after a difficult struggle next year.

Obama suggested his grand bargain would offer “$2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending,” which he said “credibly” fits within the parameters of the bipartisan, Simpson-Bowles fiscal commission the president organized last year but whose recommendations he declined to endorse.

Politico does a reality check on the fiscall cliff, reminding readers that Republican senators Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus are up for reelection in 2014.

The very senators — think Mitch McConnell and Max Baucus — who will be central to a sweeping tax-and-spending deal are the same ones who could face the most difficult reelection bids of their careers, come 2014. Primary threats from the right loom large over Republican senators as they negotiate tax rates. Moderate Democrats also could be squeamish about tax hikes or cuts to Medicare. And whatever tax and spending deal emerges is certain to anger large voting blocs and inspire serious general election opposition.

Please note that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has officially endorsed ONE candidate in the Congressionsl races. Therefore, he must feel strongly about Tea Party candidate Richard Mourdock. Romney made this ad on Monday, before a Tuesday night debate declaring God’s role in the pregnancies of women who are raped.

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Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Wednesday that the media and opponents have “twisted” his comments from last night’s debate, in which he said that when a woman becomes pregnant during rape “it is something that God intended.” The candidate added “I don’t believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion.”

Mourdock’s comments sent Democats into a unified assault on the statements, while Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire cancelled plans to campaign with Mourdock. Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown, in a tough race with Elizabeth Warren, has also spoken out against Mourdock.

Jen Psaki, speaking for the Obama campsign, called Mourdock’s comments “outrageous and demeaning to women” before issuing a reminded that a president Romney would be working with Republicans committed “that women should not be able to make choices about their own health care.” via ABC News

Race To the Finish

Mitt Romney qiuckly disavowed Richard Mourdock’s comments in a statement to the Associated Press, writes NBC Chicago.

“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock’s comments, and they do not reflect his views,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement.

>The new controversy brings to mind Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s earlier remark that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant. When asked about his views on whether rape victims should have access to abortion, Akin said famously: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill, initially perceived to one of the easiest Democratic incumbents to defeat in 2012 now maintains a 5-point lead over Akin in the most recent polls. CBS reports today that Todd Akin was arrested several times in anti-abortion protests in the 1980s. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported yesterday that there are at least three accounts of Akin being arrested but never charged.

Race to the Finish

Politico reports:

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has opened a 6-point lead over incumbent Scott Brown in a new poll conducted by radio statio WBUR. In an earlier poll, Elizabeth Warren trailed 47 percent to 43 percent.

Warren has opened up a convincing lead among women, 52 percent to 39 percent, as she attacks Brown for not standing up for abortion rights and equal pay in the Senate. Brown leads among men by a mere 2 points: 44 percent to 42 percent.

In Connecticut, Democrat Senate candidate Rep. Chris Murphy has pulled ahead of GOP hopeful Linda McMahon by 6 points, with Murhy leading McMahon by 49 to 43 percent among likely voters. The Quinnipiac University poll last month placed McMahon ahead of Murphy 48 percent to 47 percent.
Saturday
Oct202012

Swing State Women Gallup Poll Proves Republicans Have American Women Running Scared

Abortion Rights Top Priority of Women Swing State Voters

There is a well established gender divide in American politics, with women tending to vote Democratic and men tending to vote Republican. Within that mix, married women tend to be real swing voters. In those 12 states considered crucial “swing” states in the 2012 election, a massive gender-based disparity in top issues of concern was established this week in a Gallup Poll.

These results are based on an Oct. 5-11 USA Today/Gallup poll among registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The survey was conducted prior to the second presidential debate held in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16 and at a time when Romney has been gaining in national polls.

American Women Are Running Scared

The reality of women embracing abortion rights as their top priority in these states, confirms that thinking women are running scared in America. Rush Limbaugh reduces these findings to a diatribe about American women wanting to have indiscriminate sex all day long, and then aborting as a form of birth control.

Reality is that American women understand that we have reason to be worried. The Republican War on Women has truly convinced us that we are not safe from transvaginal probes or personhood amendments that gives an hour old fertilized egg the same exact rights as a married woman with children and a loving husband, an advanced college and who serves as mayor or her town.

Republicans support the Blunt Amendment, putting not only the Catholic bishops in charge of women’s bodies in 1 in 6 American hospitals — that’s both patients and workers — but ANY employer who has a moral objection to women using birth control.

Mitt Romney DOES suffer from Romnesia, and there is no reason to believe that once elected the flip flopper won’t unleash the full forces of America’s social conservatives on American women. Gone in a Romney administration: abortion rights, contraception rights, federal protection for equal pay and countless other rights won by American women in the last 50 years.

Salt Lake City Tribune Endorses Obama, Writing Romney Will Say Anything To Get Elected

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Wednesday
Sep192012

President Obama Opens Wide Lead in New Pew Research Poll | Catholics Evenly Split Between Obama & Romney

Republican candidate Mitt Romney argued with great arrogance this week that President Obama’s supporters represent the 47% of Americans who pay no taxes. But a review of federal tax paperwork that doesn’t include Americans who filed no returns, shows without question that Republican states dominate the folk that Mitt Romney is talking about. Now maybe every Democrat in these states is on the dole, but that’s unlikely. What Republicans choose to ignore is that they represent some of the poorest folks in America. Read on at The Atlantic Where Are the 47% of Americans Who Pay No Income Taxes

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Obama Increases Poll Leads

A new poll out today by Pew Research Center has President Obama leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney by 8 points nationally, 50 to 43 in a group of 2.424 registered voters.

It’s worth noting that President Obama holds a bigger September lead than the last three candidates to win the presidency, including Obama in 2008. Dialing back to 1988, only Bill Clinton in both 1992 and 1996 entered the fall season with a bigger advantage.

PEW research also looked at President Obama’s onging support among different religious groups. As expected, Black Protestant registered voters have almost universal support for the president. Religiously unaffiliated voters have increased slightly their support of the president from about 60% in Oct 2011 to 63-35% now.

In spite of tremendous pressure from Catholic bishops not to support the president’s policies, both white Catholic voters and white mainline protestant voters have increased their support from about 37% a year ago to nearly 50% today. As expected, the president’s support among white evangelical protestant registered voters is the lowest of all groups, hovering at about 20%. (cont. column 2)

Related reading 

Are Catholic Bishops Moving Toward The GOP? Huffington Post

Obama Leads on Most Key Issues in Pew Research Poll

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The new Pew Survey was taken during last week’s Middle East violence outbreak, but before this week’s comments from Mitt Romney about America’s 47% of deadbeats who accept government aid of any kind, including social security.

According to the survey,where the president maintains a 15 point lead among registered voters,

Far more voters see Obama as a strong leader and as the candidate voters believe would use good judgment in a crisis. Voters also express more confidence in Obama than Romney to deal with foreign policy generally, as well as problems in the Middle East.

Obama enjoys a staggering 43 point advantage in the measure “connects well with ordinary Americans”. In a massive disparity in perceived strengths between the two candidates, Obama outpaces Romney by 13 points of greater on these issues:

Takes consistent positions on issues; Willing to take unpopular stand; Good judgment in a crisis; honest and truthful; a strong leader; dealing with health care; dealing with Medicare; and representing your views on abortion.

Obama Closes Gap With Men Voters, Big Women Lead

The latest Pew Research poll of registered voters also shows President Obama closing the gender gap with men voters, while his lead with women remains huge.

Men Voters

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Women Voters

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Related reading

Thurston Howell Romney David Brooks for New York Times

Times for a Intervention Peggy Noonan for WSJ

How Do the 47% Vote? New York Times

Mark McKinnon on Why Time Is Running Out for Mitt Romney The Daily Beast

Pro-choice group unveils detailed plan to sway ‘Obama defectors’ back to Obama The Daily Caller