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Wikipedia Locks Down Pages of VP Contenders

Aug 9, 2012, 12:19 pm EDT
Wikipedia Locks Down Pages of VP Contenders

Searching for a clue on who Mitt Romney might select to be his vice presidential nominee? Look no further than Wikipedia.

Starting yesterday, the online encyclopedia started locking down pages on several of the candidates reportedly on Romney’s shortlist. Many of the top candidates found their pages being subjected to excessive editing or vandalism. Now, unregistered users or users who registered within the last four days are unable to edit these pages.

So, who’s on Wikipedia’s shortlist? It’s a who’s who of Republican politicians whose names have been thrown out as possible vice presidents by pundits and the media. It includes: Read 

Obama Camp Jabs at Romney’s Top VP Picks

Aug 9, 2012, 10:23 am EDT

As the race to become Mitt Romney’s running mate becomes more and more heated, not all political pundits are thrilled about the GOP’s top candidates. One pro-Obama super PAC has called the candidates “mistakes”, and depicted them as playing card Jokers on their web site.

The group, American Bridge, is calling the rollout of Romney’s VP choice the “2012 GOP VEEP MISTAKES”, trying to play off the idea that being selected as the vice presidential candidate is like winning a sweepstakes. The PAC is arguing that the Republicans will follow up their selection of a flawed Mitt Romney with an equally flawed vice president candidate.

“Just as Mitt was the best they could muster for the party’s standard bearer, their choices to fill the rest of the ticket aren’t much better. Four years after Sarah Palin, Republicans are once again poised to put forward a deeply flawed candidate as their vice presidential nominee.” Read 

Papa John’s Blames Obamacare for Pizza Price Increase

Aug 8, 2012, 5:24 pm EDT
Papa John’s Blames Obamacare for Pizza Price Increase

Popular pizza chain Papa John’s (NASDAQ:PZZA) plans to raise its prices, and its founder and CEO is blaming Obamacare for the increase.

John Schnatter, who openly supports Mitt Romney, said during a recent shareholders call that when Obamacare goes into effect in 2014, the chain will be hit with higher costs, Politico reports. The CEO estimates that Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza.

“We’re not supportive of Obamacare, like most businesses in our industry. But our business model and unit economics are about as ideal as you can get for a food company to absorb Obamacare,” Schnatter said. Read 

Obama, Romney Target Women, Working Class

Aug 8, 2012, 2:43 pm EDT

With Mitt Romney and Barack Obama out campaigning in crucial swing states like Iowa and Colorado, both candidates aiming their messages at the same group of voters: women and the working class.

In Iowa, Romney has been hammering on Obama on welfare, claiming the president is working around welfare reforms passed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 by offering waivers to states. Attacking Obama on health care appears to be an attempt to appeal to blue-collar workers in the state.

Iowa is a tricky state for both candidates to navigate. Obama managed to carry the state in 2008, but that was with a 105,000-voter registration advantage. Since then, that advantage has turned towards the Republicans, who have a 21,589 voter advantage. Romney, however, had his initial win in the Iowa caucuses given to Rick Santorum, although he did eventually win the Republican presidential nomination. Read 

Pandora Asks Users to Share Their E-Mail With Mitt Romney

Aug 8, 2012, 12:46 pm EDT
Pandora Asks Users to Share Their E-Mail With Mitt Romney

The next time you tune into Pandora (NYSE:P) to listen to your favorite artists, you might find something new sandwiched in between songs — advertisements asking you to give your e-mail address to Mitt Romney.

It’s the latest salvo in the political advertising wars, and it has ruffled some Pandora users’ feathers. In an interview with ProPublica, Pandora listener Crystal Harris expressed her annoyance with seeing a Romney ad after listening to a Garth Brooks song. “Don’t harass me on my email. Don’t stalk me on the apps that I use. To me, that just crossed the line.”

This isn’t the first time Pandora has run ads on its service asking users to submit e-mail addresses to an advertiser, but this year is the first time Pandora has allowed political advertisers to run these sorts of ads. A company spokesperson said that Romney was not the only politician or political group running such ads. Both the Democrats and Republicans had run similar ads, and campaigns on national and local levels had bought this sort of advertising. Read 

Romney’s VP Pick: Latest Clues

Aug 7, 2012, 1:41 pm EDT
Romney’s VP Pick: Latest Clues

With rumors circulating that Mitt Romney will select his vice presidential nominee by the end of this week, and with the Republican National Convention naming several headline speakers recently, the VP race is heating up. Who really has a shot at the nomination, though, and whose hopes are false?

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin has pointed to a pair of vice presidential candidates whose chances are better than most to get the nod: Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va. and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Some see McDonnell as a surprising pick, given he has less name recognition compared to candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, or former Minnesota Gov. Tom Pawlenty, among others. However, McDonnell has several advantages other candidates don’t have. He’s refused to raise taxes while serving as Virginia’s governor, balanced the state’s budget anyways, made the state more business-friendly, and enacted government reforms. Read 

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