Michael Bloomberg explains 2012 neutrality
Michael Bloomberg tips his hand, Mitt Romney airs a new Spanish ad, John Kerry will be in debate prep and Scott Brown has some debate conditions.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was overheard at a party being candid about the two presidential candidates. Two guests told the New York Times that Bloomberg thought Mitt Romney would probably be better at the running the country than President Obama. But Romney’s positions on gun control and abortion rights mean Bloomberg won’t endorse him, so the mayor plans to stay neutral.
* Romney has released a new ad in Spanish, highlighting President Obama’s comment that “the private sector is doing fine.” It follows a similar ad in English but adds the 11 percent jobless rate among Latinos.
* The Montana Democratic Party will start airing an ad tomorrow attacking Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) for voting “for billions in tax breaks to big bankers on Wall Street.” There’s $400,000 behind the ad, which runs through July 9; it’s a stark contrast to the positive spots run by Sen. Jon Tester(D).
* Democratic lawyer Lanny Davis and former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele are teaming up to start their own lobbying and consulting firm, Purple Nation Strategies. They lament the end of bipartisanship and the rise of partisan attacks, but both are less than popular by their own parties for reasons that have little to do with aisle-crossing — Steele for driving the RNC into debt while making frequent gaffes and Davis for representing dictators.
* President Obama elaborated on his immigration policy shift in a Time magazine op-ed. “Now, let’s be clear, this is not amnesty or immunity, and it is not a path to citizenship,” he writes. “This is not a permanent fix, but rather a temporary stop-gap measure that lets us focus resources wisely while giving a degree of relief and hope to talented, driven, patriotic young people.”
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* All five of Romney’s sons will appear on Conan O’Brien’s TBS show Wednesday night, their first joint appearance of the 2012 campaign. Craig and Matt Romney have been traveling with Romney on his six-state bus tour.
* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has accepted an invitation from Vicki Kennedy to participate in a debate with Elizabeth Warren (D) at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute — as long as the late senator’s widow does not endorse a candidate or get involved in the race in any way. Brown’s campaign accepted Tom Brokaw as moderator but objected to MSNBC as host, saying in a statement that “we prefer debates with local media sponsors, not out-of-state cable networks with a reputation for political advocacy.”
* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) will play former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in mock debate rehearsals. As a fellow Bay Stater, Kerry has followed Romney’s political career closely; on top of that, he’s one of the Democratic Party’s most skilled debaters.
* A coalition of voter advocacy groups will file a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Florida’s purge of non-citizen voters from the state’s rolls. The Department of Justice has already sued the state, while Florida is suing the Department of Homeland Security. Confused? Read this.
THE FIX MIX:
Morgan Freeman haikus.