On today’s Sunday shows, Mitt Romney’s supporters touted him as a bipartisan leader, using his controversial Massachusetts health care plan as an example; former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele dismissed criticism over the party’s decision to hold a convention in hurricane-prone Florida; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri might not be welcomed by his Senate GOP colleagues if he wins his race.
Supporters Tout Romney as a Bipartisan Leader
Mitt Romney and his allies flooded the talk shows on Sunday to preview the campaign’s convention themes and broaden its appeal to a national audience. While they stuck to their guns on their main narrative — the failure of the Obama administration to create jobs and improve the economy — they also placed renewed emphasis on Romney as a bipartisan leader capable of working with both Republicans and Democrats.
Romney Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Mass. Health Care Law
Mitt Romney said he was “proud” of the health care plan he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts, and cited it as evidence that he would protect women’s health as president.
Steele Dismisses Blame for Convention Delay
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is dismissing critics who blame him for the party’s decision to host a convention in hurricane-prone Florida. “We set this in motion two years ago,” he said. “Like we could forecast the weather?”
McCain Says Akin May Not Be Welcomed in the Senate
Republicans did damage control on Sunday’s talk shows after Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments last week, with some dismissing the Missourian's place in the Republican Party moving forward. Sen. John McCain went so far as to say that Akin, if elected, may not be welcomed by his Senate colleagues.
Priebus: Tuesday’s Convention Is ‘100 Percent’
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that he is “100 percent” sure the convention will run on Tuesday, after Monday's events were canceled due to a tropical storm approaching the Gulf of Mexico and, possibly, Tampa.
Rubio Calls Romney a ‘Role Model’
In what may have been a preview of his upcoming speech on Thursday introducing Mitt Romney at the Republican convention, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida called the candidate a “role model” in an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation.
Hutchison: GOP Does Not Have a Woman Problem
Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the Republican Party does not have a problem with women, despite Akin’s comments and recent polling that suggests otherwise.
McDonnell Says Pro-Life Platform Is No Threat
Republican convention chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia dismissed concerns that the antiabortion plank in his party’s platform could lead to laws preventing women who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest from seeking abortions.
Priebus Downplays Romney’s Birth-Certificate Joke
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus laughed off criticism of Mitt Romney’s joke making a veiled reference to the furor over President Obama’s birth certificate, calling for more levity in politics.
Jeb Bush: Demographic Shifts, Immigration Rhetoric Hurt GOP
With recent polling suggesting that Latino and female voters favor Democrats over Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the party needs to reevaluate its rhetoric on immigration and look to solutions with universal appeal.
'Fareed Zakaria GPS' Returns to CNN
Fareed Zakaria GPS returned to CNN’s lineup on Sunday after being on hiatus for several weeks while the network investigated a plagiarism incident involving the show’s host.
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