Conservatives urge Perry to drop out

at 06:09 PM ET, 01/18/2012

New Obama campaign hires (and ads), a campaign to get Rick Perry out of the race, offshore tax havens and sitting on sofas.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* There’s a growing movement of conservative pundits coming together to tell Texas Gov. Rick Perry that it’s his time — that is, his time to give up. Radio host Laura Ingraham and RedState.com founder Erick Erickson have both suggested Perry drop out and endorse former House speaker Newt Gingrich to help a conservative defeat former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

* Romney has millions of dollars in an offshore tax haven in the Cayman Islands, according to ABC News. “ABC is flat wrong,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in response. “The Romney’s investments in funds established in the Cayman Islands are taxed in the very same way they would be if those funds were established in the United States.” 

* A new fidelity test: former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum said today that not only has he been married to the same woman his whole life, he’s never even sat on a couch with another member of the opposite sex. Okay, maybe it was a joke — he has actually, in fact, shared furniture with female journalists.

* Two North Dakota Democrats distanced themselves from President Obama today on the Keystone XL pipeline. Democratic Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp called Obama’s decision to reject the pipeline from Canada to Texas “the wrong one, plain and simple.” House candidate Pam Gulleson also voiced disappointment. Probably good politics in an increasingly red state.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Staten Island Democrat Mark Murphy is announcing his candidacy against Rep. Michael Grimm (R) tonight, but some elected officials are grumbling that the party is getting behind the candidate too quickly. Murphy’s father is former Rep. John Murphy (D).

* President Obama is airing his first television ads of the election as early as Thursday, the New York Times reports. His campaign bought time in Michigan, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina for one day, but that could expand. Republican PACs have already started targeting Obama.

* California state Sen. Bob Dutton (R) will run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R). In his campaign launch, he took a veiled shot at Rep. Gary Miller, his main primary rival, saying “too many Washington, D.C., politicians allow special interest to corrupt their decision making at the expense of solving local problem.”

* Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos (R), who dropped out of the race against Sen. Bill Nelson (D) this summer, has endorsed Romney.

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