Afternoon Fix: Webb not sure he’ll campaign for Obama in 2012
Jim Webb says he’ll see what it looks like next year, Herman Cain is the Koch brothers’ other brother (from another mother), Paul Ryan is impressed with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry has disclosed new debts.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) was noncommittal in an interview with ABC News about whether he would campaign for President Obama in 2012. “We’ll see what that looks like next year,” he told Jon Karl. “I’m not saying that I won’t.”
* In a speech at an Americans for Prosperity conference in Washington today, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain wholeheartedly embraced the billionaire libertarian Koch brothers. "I'm their brother from another mother," Cain said. "And proud of it!"The New York Times reported Thursday on the extensive ties between the presidential candidates and the Kochs.
* Once a bitter rival, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee today defended former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on abortion. “Ronald Reagan was pro-choice at one point in his life and then became pro-life, as did George H.W. Bush,” the 2008 presidential candidate said on Fox News. “So it's not uncommon for people to change a position.”
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry has disclosed new travel-related campaign debts of close to $230,000, the New York Times reports. Last month, reporters raised questions about Perry’s underpayments to private jet owners. A lawyer for the presidential candidate said the campaign misunderstood election law.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Both House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are pushing back on an upcoming 60 Minutes report on connections between the lawmakers’ personal stock holdings and legislation. Both congressional leaders turned down requests for on-camera interviews.
* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) waxed poetic about Romney’s economic plan in an interview with the Post’s Right Turn blog today. “Look at what he put out! This is a great development,” Ryan said. “This tracks perfectly with the House budget.” Romney unveiled his plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-type program today, and pledged to cut $500 billion from the budget by 2016.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will air radio ads in the districts of 25 House Republicans in 15 states, starting Monday. The ads are specific to each incumbent, pointing to specific votes and pre-Congress behavior. The DCCC would not disclose the size of the buy, but it is likely small.
* The National Restaurant Association is willing to waive a confidentiality agreement regarding a former employee’s sexual harassment allegations against Cain. According to the statement, there was a formal complaint. Cain disputed the allegations and was not a party to the agreement. But the woman’s lawyer said in a press conference that “she has decided not to relive” the experience and stands by her initial complaint.
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