Susana Martinez: I will not be vice president
By Chris Cillizza,
Susana Martinez says no and means it, Santorum’s daughter should be out of the hospital soon, Mitch McConnell says there’s no “war on women” and Mark Pryor says he won’t campaign with Obama.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) has issued a firm denial of any interest in being vice president. Unlike some politicians we won’t name, she sounds like she actually means it. Martinez is the guardian of a developmentally disabled sister and says it would be “devastating” to separate her from the rest of their family: “I just couldn’t do it.”
* Rick Santorum’s campaign said Monday that the former Pennsylvania senator’s disabled daughter, Bella, is doing much better and could be released from the hospital today. While the candidate’s schedule depends on Bella’s health, “we have a full day of events planned tomorrow, so he should be back on the campaign trail,” spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed Democratic talk of a Republican “war on women” in a radio interview this morning, calling it a “manufactured issue.” Republican female senators, he argued, would be the first to say ... ‘We don’t see any evidence of this.’”
* After saying last week that she had “a lot of doubts” about Obama’s birth certificate, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) has backed away. A spokesman said the congresswoman merely “confirmed that this issue has been raised by many 4th District citizens with whom she has spoken” and was focused on the economy.
* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is a grandfather for the first time. His daughter Vanessa gave birth to a baby boy, Alexander Kerry Nahed, at Massachusetts General Hospital, where both parents are doctors.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) will not actively campaign for President Obama. “As much as I may love all of our presidents ... I just don’t really get involved in those races,” he told a local television station.
* Miami businesswoman Gloria Romero Roses will challenge Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), giving Democrats a challenger in a race where they have struggled to find a candidate. State Rep. Luis Garcia (D) dropped out of the race last week after clashing with the party.
* Sean Patrick Maloney (D), a former Eliot Spitzer aide, raised $320,000 in the first three months of 2012 for his race against Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.). The haul is notable because Maloney only got in the race in mid-March.
* Challenger Matt Cartwright leads incumbent Rep. Tim Holden (D) 42 percent to 36 percent in the Democratic primary for the new 17th district, according to an internal Cartwright campaign poll. Holden’s camp says the poll doesn’t match their numbers.
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