4) At an event in Nevada on Saturday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
(R) was asked about health care and gave his standard response, but he also introduced a new line
when asked whether he had the strength to aggressively challenge Obama, saying, "He does me the great favor of saying that I was the inspiration of his plan. If that's the case, why didn't you call me? Why didn't you ask what was wrong? Why didn't you ask if this was an experiment, what worked and what didn't?"
3) In Kentucky, state Senate President David Williams
(R), the GOP frontrunner in this year's gubernatorial race, reported gambling losses of $36,147 in the four-year period from 1999 to 2002, according to a document filed in his divorce case in 2003, reports
the Lexington Herald-Leader
. In order to report those losses for tax purposes, Williams had to have won a greater amount than he lost, according to the document. Williams has publicly opposed expanded gambling in Kentucky since at least 2002.
2) The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
was out with a story
Sunday revealing that Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder
(R) -- who is mulling a challenge to Gov. Jay Nixon
(D) in 2012 -- billed the state for an average of more than two months per year at hotels in the St. Louis area since 2006, charging taxpayers a total of over $35,000 for at least 329 nights at hotels in St. Louis and St. Louis County.
Kinder's hotel stays were significantly more expensive than his predecessor's, and are far above those of other statewide elected officials. Kinder, meanwhile, responded
by saying St. Louis is the economic engine of the region, and he will "not apologize for spending a lot of time there."
1) Obama is opening his reelection campaign
Monday morning with the release of an email to supporters and a web video. He will hold several conference calls on Monday with donors and supporters and begin to raise money for his campaign late next week.
"We're doing this now because the politics we believe in does not start with expensive TV ads or extravaganzas, but with you -- with people organizing block-by-block, talking to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. And that kind of campaign takes time to build," Obama wrote in the email.