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April 25, 2012
4) A Charleston Gazette editorial calls Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a " DINO" in some regards and says that "perhaps he's on course to follow Connecticut's Joe Lieberman and register as independent." It's a fair point about pol whose reputation owes to the multiple the times he has bucked the party line. Manchin recently told National Journal that he is not sure whether he will vote for President Obama this year. 3) Vice presidential intrigue surrounding Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will ramp up once again today, when he delivers a foreign policy address at Brookings. Politico has excerpts of the speech, in which Rubio will say, "I disagree with the way in which the current administration has chosen to engage. For while there are few global problems we can solve by ourselves, there are virtually no global problems that can be solved without us. In confronting the challenges of our time, there are more nations than ever capable of contributing, but there is still only one that is capable of leading." "And I disagree with voices in my own party who argue we should not engage at all." 2) Mitt Romney was in New Hampshire -- where he launched his presidential campaign -- on Tuesday evening to celebrate a five-state primary sweep, but more importantly to claim the GOP nomination and look ahead to the general election showdown against Obama. "To all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I've met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you I have a simple message," Romney said. "Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight." The Washington Post has the complete story here. 1) Two members of Congress were defeated on Tuesday night in Pennsylvania's House primaries. In the state's 12th District member-versus-member Democratic primary, Rep. Mark Critz defeated Rep. Jason Altmire. With labor's help, Critz won an impressive victory in a district where Altmire constituents significantly outnumbered current Critz constituents. Meanwhile, moderate Democratic Rep. Tim Holden lost to attorney Matt Cartwright, who ran to his left. The Blue Dog Democrat faced a tough race following redistricting, which made the district more liberal. Scroll through Hotline On Call for complete wraps of the House primaries and the GOP Senate election, which self-funding businessman Tom Smith handily won. -- Steven Shepard contributed
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