I went to hear Mitt Romney this morning in New York, and he gave what I assume is his standard stump speech. He is now emphasizing five points, which is a vast improvement on his 59-point economics plan of last year. First is to exploit America’s vast new energy resources unlocked by fracking and potential new areas now off-limits to create a large number of new, well-paying jobs, greatly improve our balance of payments, and improve our geopolitical position in the endless game of international politics.
Second is to reform the education system so as to put the interests of children ahead of the interests of teachers in order to prepare them with the skills needed in the 21st century. Third, pursue foreign trade. Fourth, cut the deficit and put the federal budget on a path towards balance. Fifth, repeal ObamaCare.
VP buzz around Sen. Kelly Ayotte was already growing before she joined the Romney clan on vacation in New Hampshire yesterday. But Ann Romney has thrown fuel on it by telling CBS the campaign has been considering a female VP pick:
Ann Romney says her husband is considering a woman for the ticket—and admitted she’s been playing a big role in the VP search, too, according to an interview with CBS News.
“We’ve been looking at that,” Ann Romney replied, when asked if her husband should pick a female as his No. 2. “I’d love that option as well. So, you know, there’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”
While she had previously suggested she wasn’t playing a major role in the VP search, Ann Romney admitted she’s been giving the process “a lot of thought, actually” and has been offering her husband advice on his choice.
ObamaCare has lived to see another day. According to the Supreme Court ruling, the only substantial change is that the individual mandate is now considered a tax, something the Obama White House refused to admit it was.
Three hours after the decision was passed down, the Romney campaign’s spokeswoman announced they surpassed the $1 million mark in organic fundraising, mostly from small donors who, after hearing the Supreme Court’s ruling, made their way to the Romney website and clicked “Donate.” The average donation to the Romney campaign was for a little more than $115. As of yet, neither the Republican National Committee (RNC) nor the Romney campaign have sent a fundraising email based on the Supreme Court ruling. If these organic fundraising numbers are any indication, the Supreme Court’s decision on ObamaCare could be the biggest moneymaker for Republicans this election cycle.