BRUNSWICK, Ohio – It was pouring rain at the outdoor pancake breakfast in this northern Ohio town just moments before Mitt Romney arrived to address the crowd on Father’s Day. But moments after taking the stage, the sun began to shine on the nearly 1,000 breakfast-goers, leading the presumptive GOP nominee to compare the improving weather to the state of the country -- as long as Barack Obama is voted out of office.
“Boy, that sun feels good, you know that?” Romney said to the crowd as people began putting away their umbrellas and removing plastic garbage bags that acted as rain ponchos. “Things are drying out here. This feels great! And I can tell you something else - the sun is coming out in this country. Our brightest days are ahead. Things are getting better in America as long as we get off the course he's put us on.”
Romney continued the weather metaphors throughout his speech, telling the Ohioans that “three and a half years of dark clouds are about to part.” He even found a weather-related way to attack the president’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, which he called “a great cloud that’s been raining over small business.” Read more
NATIONAL JOURNAL’S PRIMARY REPORT
Romney Says U.S. Shouldn't Bail Out European Economy
[National Journal, 6/17/12] Mitt Romney said on Sunday that the U.S. should not take any steps to “bail out” the European economy, and that he hopes whatever happens there, “our banking sector is able to weather the storm.” His comments come in advance of this week's G-20 summit, at which the eurozone crisis is likely to take center stage.
What Type of Vice Presidential Candidate Will Romney Go For?
[L.A. Times, 6/17/12] Conventional wisdom dictates that Romney will choose an uncontroversial running mate, but what role will that person play? Reinforcer, attack dog, young gun, or something else?
Heavy Focus on News Shows in White House Race Ads
[Associated Press, 6/17/12] The Associated Press spent a few hours in two battleground states watching the barrage of ads from both candidates and found that they're intensely negative and tend to air around news shows, in part to appeal to the well-informed undecided bloc of voters both Obama and Romney want.
Santorum: Romney 'Trying to Walk a Line' on Immigration
[National Journal, 6/17/12] Rick Santorum on Sunday gave a lukewarm defense of Mitt Romney's response to the White House policy shift on immigration, asserting that Romney was trying to "walk a line" on immigration so "as not to sound like he's hostile to Latinos.
Raucus Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come
[NPR, 6/17/12] Iowa Republicans faced a raucous state convention this weekend in part because what many said were Ron Paul's supporters taking over -- a possible preview of what can be expected at the RNC later this summer.
The Rust Belt is Dead. Long Live the Rust Belt!
[National Journal, 6/16/12] Even if the Rust Belt has lost its relative economic clout, it is still a mighty force in electoral politics, as evidenced by Obama and Romney's focus on the area in ad buys and campaign stops.
Obama Supporters Disrupt Romney Event
[National Journal, 6/17/12] Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s “Every Town Counts” bus tour made a slight detour from its planned route through eastern Pennsylvania after over 100 protestors affiliated with the Obama campaign and MoveOn.org showed up at a gas station where he was scheduled to stop.
Romney Borrows a Page from Santorum
[National Journal, 6/17/12] Facing a group of social conservatives, his most restive constituency, likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Saturday tried on some talking points from former primary opponent Rick Santorum, a hero to the far right during the Republican primaries this year.
President Obama’s Hispanic Gamble
[The Hill, 6/17/12] Though he won 67 percent of Latinos in 2008, of late he's received criticism from Latino activists frustrated with inaction on immigration reform. But his move on Friday won't shore up the Latino vote entirely, as opponents in the GOP could make this a headache for the President.
Meet Your Cousin, the First Lady: A Family Story, Long Hidden
[New York Times, 6/17/12] In this excerpt from American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, by Rachel L. Swarns, we meet Joan Tribble, a Georgia grandmother who is distantly related to Michelle Obama through ancestors who owned slaves.
Gov. Obama? Romney Makes Dig at Opponent’s Credentials
[Wall Street Journal, 6/16/12] A misstatement turned into an opportunity for Romney, when he stumbled and called Obama a governor and then used it to question Obama's qualifications for president.
Plouffe: Romney Embracing Boehner's Agenda
[National Journal, 6/17/12] White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe on Sunday cast a scheduled appearance in Ohio by Mitt Romney with Speaker John Boehner as the GOP presidential candidate’s embrace of the congressional Republican economic agenda.