Political Roundup for July 26, 2012…Red Racing Horses
Romney/Bush/Rubio: Jeb Bush has urged Mitt Romney to select Florida US Senator Marco Rubio to be his vice presidential choice. Bush has been making the push in public and private as of late, but ruled out himself being a candidate for vice president. He recently admitted he should have ran for president this cycle.
More Romney/Rubio: In light of the Aurora shooting, the Romney campaign has cancelled the campaign visit featuring Marco Rubio. While the Colorado visit has been cancelled, Rubio intends to still appear at a Las Vegas event.
Christie: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he would be interested in running in 2016 if Mitt Romney does not win in 2012 or elects to not serve a second term. Christie has been courted for vice president, but interest has waned as of late apparently over a personality difference with Romney. Who would have suspected.
O’Malley: Speaking of 2016, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has set up a federal PAC. The Democratic Governor of Maryland is viewed as a favorite of progressive members of the party who are looking for a candidate to run in 2016.
Obama/Leaks: The Obama campaign seems to be on the defensive and changing its story regarding the leaking of classified information. Senior campaign advisor David Axelrod said on Morning Joe that President Obama did not leak the information or authorized its leak. This is a change in the White House’s previous stance that nothing was leaked from the White House.
Portman: Ohio US Senator Rob Portman is considered to be near the top of Mitt Romney’s short list for vice president, but even if he is not selected, he will be a valuable asset in the Senate. Portman has a strong relationship with several moderate Democrats and could be a key ally for Romney in any budget deal.
North Carolina: Is North Carolina trending right again or is still a competitive battleground? The Romney campaign is treating it as a Republican leaning state while the Obama campaign seems to still think its in play. While I think Romney wins North Carolina, I am not sure it is completely in the bag.
Polling: The Hill provides an interesting analysis on the obscene nature of the amount of polling the Obama campaign is performing especially during June.
Enthusiasm: Republican voters have opened a significant enthusiasm gap over their Democratic counterparts. Democratic Enthusiasm is lower than in 2004 and 2008 while Republican Enthusiasm is in line with 2004 and substantially higher than 2008.
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