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Romney: “It Kills Me” to Not Be in the White House

Via ABCNews.

In his first television interview since the election, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said that it “kills” him to not be in the White House.

In the interview with Chris Wallace, Gov. Romney also said that he believed he’d won the election until the Ohio election results were announced.

Asked if she thought that her husband would win the election, Ann Romney said, “I for sure did.”

Gov. Romney called his inability to win the votes of people of color “a real weakness” that future Republican candidates will have to overcome: “Uh, we did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And — and that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.”


He also admitted that his “forty-seven percent” comments caused him great harm.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/mitt-romney-it-kills-me-not-to-be-president-88332.html#ixzz2MXEAc8f4

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Obama Kicks Off Campaign in Ohio, Virginia

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President Obama launched his re-election campaign in Virginia and Ohio today, highlighting progress the U.S. has made toward pulling itself out of an economic malaise under his leadership.

Accompanied by his wife Michelle, the President delivered speeches before audiences at The Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

“I believe in you. I’m asking you to keep believing in me,” the President said to thunderous applause at Ohio State, where 14,000 supporters gathered.

In his addresses, Pres. Obama mentioned Mitt Romney only a handful of times. He criticized his opponent for being too close to conservative House Republicans and suggested Mr. Romney’s career in business has left him out of touch with the American middle class.

For his first official rallies, Pres. Obama chose college campuses in urban areas of Ohio and Virginia where voter turnout will be crucial to his chances in November.

Columbus, the biggest city in Ohio, is in a key swing state. It has the youth vote – 57,000 students at Ohio State’s main campus alone – and a large black population, plus Republican-leaning voters nearby in the suburbs and rural areas.

Strong support in Richmond, the college town of Charlottesville, and the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. help him in 2008 become first Democratic presidential candidate to win the Old Dominion since Lyndon Johnson took the commonwealth in 1964. Pres. Obama filled the 8,000-seat Siegel Center at VCU to capacity.

Via USA Today.

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Republicans Undecided about Vice President Candidates

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Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an ideological split among Republicans over who should Mitt Romney‘s running mate, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tops the list, with 26%. Rick Santorum was the top pick of 21%. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were tied at 14%.

Among self-described Tea Party supporters, Sen. Rubio is the top choice, with 22%, and Gov. Christie is second, with 18%.

Among Republicans who aren’t Tea Party supporters, 36% say Ms. Rice is their choice, and one in four prefer Mr. Santorum.

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Romney’s Popularity Rebounds after Santorum’s Exit

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Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)

Mitt Romney‘s popularity is starting to rebound as the Republican primaries subside, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

The survey showed 44% give Mr. Romney a favorable rating, up ten points since February. Mr. Romney’s unfavorable rating fell eleven points, from 54% to 43%, over the same period.

The poll showed 53% of those surveyed say they plan to give Mr. Romney a second look once the primaries are over, while 45% say they know enough about the former Massachusetts governor to decide whether he would be a good president.

The same poll shows that President Barack Obama’s favorability rating is 56%, and the approval rating of his performance in office is 49%.

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Senate Kills Wildly Popular Buffett Rule

President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in t...

President Barack Obama and Warren Buffett in the Oval Office, July 14, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Democrats in the Senate failed to get the sixty votes they needed to move forward with a measure that would set a 30% tax on millionaires and billionaires.

The Buffett Rule, proposed last year by President Barack Obama, grew out of the argument that wealthy people should pay a higher share of their income in taxes than those in the middle class. Its name comes from the fact that billionaire investor Warren Buffett pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary.

The Senate result was expected; passage in the Republican-controlled House also was unlikely.

The partisan battle has spilled from Capitol Hill to the Presidential campaign trail, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney opposing the measure.

In a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, 72% said they favor the bill while 27% oppose it.

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Poll: Obama Leads, Especially Among Women

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President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

Pres. Obama holds a sixteen-point advantage over his challenger among women and a three-point advantage among men.

Seven in ten Americans favor a proposed change to the federal income tax rate for people who make more than $1 million a year. The proposal is popular among Democrats and independents, but a majority of Republicans also support it.

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Santorum Drops Out

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Mitt Romney is now the certain Republican nominee to take on President Barack Obama in November, as Mr. Santorum was his main challenger.

Mr. Romney issued this statement:

Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.

While Mr. Romney still needs to win several hundred delegates to clinch the nomination, Mr. Santorum’s departure from the race leaves his path unhindered.

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