Obama Maxing Out on Hispanic Support

May 8, 2012, 7:17 pm EDT
Obama Maxing Out on Hispanic Support

Good news for President Barack Obama and his attempts to win over what may very well be a crucial demographic for the fall election. Recently released polls indicate Obama has a large lead over Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters.

A poll commissioned by liberal blog Daily Kos and the SEIU union shows Obama with a 50% lead on Romney among Latino voters, 72% to 22%. Perhaps more surprising, a poll from a more neutral source, Investor’s Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor/TIPP, gives Obama an even more staggering lead among Hispanics. In that poll, Obama held a 68 point advantage, leading Romney 80% to 22%.

Many pundits believe this may be close to the highest numbers Obama could possibly get from Hispanic voters. In 2008, Obama beat John McCain among Latinos by a 67% to 31% margin. If the current poll figures hold, Obama would surpass his 2008 performance among Hispanics. Read 

Will We Learn From Europe’s Political Upheaval? Fat Chance

May 8, 2012, 1:40 pm EDT
Will We Learn From Europe’s Political Upheaval? Fat Chance

Sarkozy is out in France. Anti-bailout politicians surged into office in Greece. Merkel is under pressure in Germany. Voters in Europe have spoken loud and clear: Bone-deep austerity cuts will not be tolerated, and the electorate is all to happy to tighten the noose around politicians who tighten the belt.

Some say the populist backlash is off base and the real risks are that Greece will return to its profligate ways and the broader eurozone will not be able to break the downward spiral of “debt contagion” as countries simply don’t have enough money to make ends meet.

But Ireland was first to the austerity party, and the fact that the Emerald Isle slipped back into recession in Q4 2011 proves cutting alone isn’t going to cut it. Read 

Will Smith Supports Buffett Rule

May 8, 2012, 11:28 am EDT

The Buffett Rule — President Obama’s proposed tax plan that would require millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes — is fine by actor Will Smith.

Smith, one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, told the Associated Press that he’s “very supportive” of the tax plan.

“America has been fantastic to me. I have no problem paying whatever I need to pay to keep my country growing,” Smith told the AP. Read 

Santorum Emails Romney Endorsement

May 8, 2012, 9:34 am EDT
Santorum Emails Romney Endorsement

Two weeks after suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum endorsed rival Mitt Romney.

The endorsement came in an email issued late Monday night. It followed a personal meeting between the two men on Friday in Pittsburgh, Fox News noted.

In the email, Santorum abandoned the harsh rhetoric he often used against Romney during the campaign and called for the party to unite to prevent President Obama from winning a second term. Read 

Romney: Obama Most Anti-Small Business President Since Carter

May 7, 2012, 9:39 pm EDT

As President Barack Obama has pivoted towards the general election in November, his presumed Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, has come out swinging against him. The latest salvo? Claims by Romney that Obama is “the most anti-small business” president since Jimmy Carter.

What led Romney to say this? While attempts to seek clarification on this most recent criticism by Romney have gone unclarified by his campaign, he has made similar criticisms of Obama in the past. Those were grounded in Romney’s belief that federal regulation and health care reform have been bad for American businesses.

Not surprisingly, Obama’s record on issues relevant to small businesses is mixed. The administration has saved an estimated $10 billion by eliminating certain regulations by federal agencies, and touts a Bloomberg report that Obama has passed 5% fewer regulations than George W. Bush did in his first three years in office. Read 

Romney Pulls Even With Obama in 2 Key Swing States

May 3, 2012, 6:26 pm EDT
Romney Pulls Even With Obama in 2 Key Swing States

Mitt Romney is now tied with Barack Obama in two of the three crucial swing states for the general election, according to Quinnipiac polls.

In Ohio, Obama has a 44% to 42% lead on Romney, while Romney leads in Florida by a 44%-43% margin. These percentages, however, fall within the polls’ margin of error, making it impossible to say which candidate is truly in the lead in either state. In Pennsylvania, Obama still leads Romney with a 47%-39% split, a statistically significant measure.

What helped Romney bridge the gap in Florida and Ohio? Two things. First, with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich both dropping out of the race, Romney is all but guaranteed to be the Republican Party’s nominee. This has freed him from having to run advertisements and make appearances catering to the GOP primary and allowed him to focus his efforts on Obama. Read 

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