Afternoon Fix: Obama camp goes after Romney
By Chris Cillizza,
President Obama’s campaign is after Romney, Pennsylvania is not splitting its electoral votes, Mike Huckabee is having his own presidential forum and we’re liveblogging tonight, so don’t leave town (yet).
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EARLIER ON THE FIX:
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* President Obama’s campaign is out with a memo attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in advance of tonight’s debate, saying the Republican candidate “has been on all sides of the key foreign policy issues facing our nation today.”
* A GOP-backed proposal to split Pennsylvania’s electoral votes by congressional district appears to have hit a dead end. Thanks to GOP-controlled redistricting, it meant the Republican candidate could win a majority of electoral votes in the state even while losing the popular vote. The idea of splitting electoral votes angered Democrats, but Republicans were also divided on the idea.
* President Obama was confronted by Occupy protesters in New Hampshire today upset by arrests across the country. Obama responded that he understood their “profound sense of frustration,” but he did not respond to the police crackdown.
* Tony Rezko, a former top fundraiser for ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced today to 10 1/2 years in prison on convictions of fraud, money laundering, and pressuring firms for kickbacks in exchange for access to state business. He will get credit for time served.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* In case we haven’t had enough debates and candidate forums, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is hosting one on Fox News on Saturday, Dec. 3rd. As we wrote yesterday, Huckabee’s endorsement is still up for grabs, although he’s been very complimentary of Romney.
* Our Destiny PAC, a pro-Jon Huntsman super PAC, is increasing its ad spending in New Hampshire with a new $650,000 buy, bringing its total investment to a hefty $1.5 million. The ads are the same, a mix of 30 second and 60 second spots on statewide broadcast and cable.
* Newt Gingrich will be a featured speaker at next year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, scheduled for the second weekend in February of 2012. The press release described Gingrich as “one of the leading Republican contenders for President.”
* Socialite and Democratic activist Patricia Huff will hold a fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren in December, with attendees asked to contribute between $1000 and $5000 to the Harvard law professor’s campaign against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
* If it’s Tuesday, there’s (probably) a Republican debate. Tonight’s is hosted by CNN, the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute at 8 p.m. and we’ll be liveblogging starting at 7:30.
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