5) Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney
(R) is making his first trip
to South Carolina since forming a presidential campaign exploratory committee and will stop in the Columbia area Saturday.
In the 2008 Republican primary, Romney finished a distant third to John McCain
and Mike Huckabee
in the county encompassing Columbia (Richland County), winning just 19 percent of the vote
4) Republican Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
(D) has made a three-week television ad buy
starting Monday. He bought more than $90,000 worth of ad time in the Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro cable markets for ads are set to run from May 23 to June 12.
Beshear's Republican opponent is state Senate President David Williams, who won a contested primary on Tuesday.
3) Take Two? After he made comments on NBC's "Meet The Press" that angered conservatives, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
(R) is returning to the Sunday shows and is committed to appearing
on CBS' "Face The Nation" this Sunday. Meanwhile, Gingrich spokesperson Rick Tyler blasted the recent media coverage of Gingrich, saying
"the literati sent out their minions to do their bidding."
2) On Wednesday, Republican Jane Corwin
and Democrat Kathy Hochul
held their final debate before next Tuesday's NY-26 special election. Unsurprisingly, the debate revolved around Medicare and Paul Ryan's budget -- just as most of the campaign has. Hochul turned questions back to the Ryan plan at nearly every instance, and Corwin kept explaining the proposal that would change Medicare was to keep it solvent and repeated that attacks against her over it were "scare tactics." Absent: self-proclaimed tea party candidate Jack Davis
, who has refused to participate in any debates.
The flap over Corwin's Assembly chief of staff aggressively tracking and taping Davis continued. In the debate, Hochul said she would have fired any staffer who conducted themselves in that fashion while Corwin continued to defend him, saying he was working on his own time.
Meanwhile, Republicans are continuing to help Corwin, this time via robocalls. Two Florida tea party favorites - Rep. Allen West
and now Sen. Marco Rubio
- recorded calls on her behalf.
"Jane's opponents have only one goal, and that is to scare seniors. Jane will be a fighter on Capitol Hill to preserve Medicare for our future generations," West says in his call.
"We've changed the debate and we're moving in the right direction, but we're in the middle of a fight," Rubio says
. "Jane Corwin will be a voice we need to keep that momentum up."
1) Former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman
(R) has already selected the site for his campaign headquarters - Orlando, in the heart of battleground state Florida. And he heads today to New Hampshire for a five day un-campaign swing and you might be surprised about whose footsteps he's following. National Journal
's Beth Reinhard has the story
-- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post