Afternoon Fix: Cantor says “the debt limit vote sucks”
Eric Cantor is telling conservative to stop whining and vote for the Boehner’s plan, Michele Bachmann won’t vote for it, Mitt Romney has a VP shortlist, and the Club for Growth is polling on Lugar.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* “The debt limit vote sucks,” according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who encouraged his conference in a closed-door meeting to rally around the plan proposed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Cantor reportedly praised Boehner in the meeting and told Republicans critical of the plan “to stop grumbling and whining.”
* Unsurprisingly, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is the first 2012 candidate to speak out against Boehner’s debt limit plan. At a campaign stop in Iowa, Bachmann called the Boehner plan “wrong” and reiterated that she would not vote to raise the debt ceiling under any circumstances. However, she stopped short of calling for fellow members to do the same, saying “My colleagues will have to come to their own conclusion.” Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has been rallying opposition to the Boehner plan.
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is already working on his vice presidential pick. At a fundraiser in Virginia Beach yesterday, he named Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as his running-mate shortlist. Of course, since this event was in Virginia, most of the praise went to McDonnell.
* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) ripped into Republicans in a speech to union workers on Capitol Hill this morning, saying they were using deficit reduction as an excuse “to destroy your rights” and calling the GOP approach, “We get the sacrifice, they get the wealth.” At the same time, Pelosi said she was warming to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s proposal to cut $2.7 trillion over the next decade in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* While saying the Club for Growth PAC has yet to make an endorsement in Indiana’s Senate race, the Club for Growth is touting a poll showing state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) neck-and-neck with Sen. Dick Lugar (R), 34 percent to 32 percent. (That’s within the poll’s four-point margin of error.) The poll of likely Republican primary voters was conducted by the GOP firm Basswood Research.
* North Carolina District Attorney Jeff Hunt (R) is running for the state’s 11th House district. Right now, that’s Rep. Heath Shuler’s district, but the Blue Dog Democrat could retire or find himself in more Republican territory after redistricting. Former Henderson County Republican Party chairman Spence Campbell and ophthalmologist Dan Eichenbaum are both in the GOP primary already. Hunt is on his fifth term; he’s the only Republican in the race who has not lost a primary in the same district before.
* California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has nominated UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court. Liu was picked by President Obama to fill a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but the liberal justice could not get past Republicans in the Senate.
* Ousted Virginia Republican Party leader Jeff Frederick will kick off his state Senate campaign on Saturday in Dumfries, where he has already set up campaign headquarters. Frederick, best known nationally for comparing President Obama to Osama bin Laden during the 2008 election, was forced out of his post in 2009 amid allegations of mismanagement. He will face Tito “the builder” Muñoz in the Aug. 23 Republican primary.
THE FIX MIX:
The first (and hopefully last) debt ceiling rap:
With Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake