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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Morning Bits

Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants everyone to know that he’s certain President Obama was born in the United States.

Mitt Romney wants everyone to know that he supports Ohio’s Wisconsin-like public employee referendum 110 percent. (He seems to have a good excuse for yesterday’s “no position” reaction, according to Business Insider: “Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney was used as a pawn in a feud between two Republican bigshots in Ohio yesterday, a political operative tells us.”)

The Cain camp wants everyone to focus on those national polls. But right now Romney leads in most of the early states.

If Roll Call wants everyone to consider it a low-rent rag, it can keep this up. It blithely quotes a lobbyist and former aide of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) thusly about Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.): “ ‘At this point, it’s safe to say many in the Democratic caucus see Sen. Lieberman as a mosquito,’ said Jimmy Williams, a former aide to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). ‘The bad news is he has sucked enough blood from both sides of the aisle. The good news is winter is coming, meaning his time in the Senate will thankfully come to an end.’ ”

President Obama wants everyone to know that, without an ever-growing welfare state, “ ‘you are on your own. If you get sick, you’re on your own. If you can’t afford college, you’re on your own. If you don’t like that some corporation is polluting your air or the air that your child breathes, then you’re on your own. That’s not the America I believe in. It’s not the America you believe in.’ ”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wants everyone to know Obama has erected a straw man to defend a dependency society. (Hey, he’s right!) “The President has wrongly framed Republican efforts to get government spending under control as hard-hearted attacks on the poor. In reality, spending on programs for seniors and for lower-income families continues to grow every year under the House-passed budget – it just grows at a sustainable rate. We direct tax dollars where they’re needed most, and stop spending money we don’t have on boondoggles we don’t need.”

Perry wants everyoneto know that he no longer supports putting the Confederate flag on license plates. “Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday he opposes his state allowing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate flag — despite his past defense of the historical value of Confederacy symbols.”Sometimes it really is good to change your mind.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/27/2011

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