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Ron Paul: Hispanics used as ‘scapegoats’

at 05:29 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Ron Paul says immigrants get scapegoated, Rick Santorum is after Missouri, Mitt Romney is getting glittered, and Michele Bachmann is not endorsing.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) was the only presidential candidate to accept an invitation from Hispanics in Politics, Nevada’s oldest Hispanic community group. He said “Hispanics have been used as scapegoats” and spoke out against border fences but did not offer a concrete immigration plan.

* A super PAC supporting Rick Santorum is going on the air in Missouri with an ad saying the former Pennsylvania senator is the only “principled conservative” who can face Obama. Santorum has a real shot at winning Missouri’s Feburary 7th caucuses, given that former House speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t on the ballot, but there are no delegates at stake.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney got glitter-bombed in Minnesota today, but he played it off well. “I’m happy for the celebration. This is confetti! We just won Florida!” he said. Gay-rights activists have been “glitter-bombing” all the Republican presidential candidates.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) shot down reports today that she was in talks to endorse Romney, saying she talked to “all of the candidates on a regular basis” but hasn’t decided on an endorsement.

* A comeback for former Rep. Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), best known for having a secret second family? Apparently it could happen. While he called rumors that he would challenge Rep. Michael Grimm (R) in a primary “premature” today, he added, “What the future brings, I cannot say.”

* President Obama, who is getting hammered by Republicans over an online town hall exchange with the wife of an unemployed engineer, has followed up on his promise to try to help the man get a job. Jennifer Wedel says she got a call from a White House deputy chief of staff who told her that her husband’s resume was sent out in the area. She’s still skeptical.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed a right-to-work bill, making the state the first in the Rust Belt to bar unions that demand non-members pay fees (known as “closed shops.”) Unions and Democrats have protested, but with Daniels term-limited they don’t have much leverage. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), on the other hand, said today that he wouldn’t pursue similar legislation.

* Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) is bringing out a big name: former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will campaign with the embattled senator in Indianapolis this weekend. (She’s also going to the Super Bowl.) Lugar is under fire from tea party activists and conservative groups; he faces a primary from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

* Freshman Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) is endorsing former Rep. Matt Salmon for the House seat being vacated by Senate candidate Jeff Flake. There’s a competitive GOP primary for the new 5th district; former House speaker Kirk Adams has the backing of Sen. Jon Kyl and Rep. Ben Quayle. But Salmon has raised far more money.

* Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) endorsed Santorum today, with the state’s caucuses coming up on Feb. 7th. Tancredo ran for governor in 2010 as a third-party candidate and got 36 percent of the vote, ahead of the the Republican nominee.

* NewDEAL, a group founded by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to highlight young “pro-growth progressive” Democratic officials, is naming its next group of rising stars tomorrow.

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