What Rick Santorum wanted from Mitt Romney meeting

at 05:09 PM ET, 05/04/2012

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum sat down, Obama might break a new fundraising record (with some help from Clooney), some sniping in Virginia and something Charlie Rangel wants to know.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney met privately with Rick Santorum today in Pittsburgh for about 90 minutes. Romney said before the meeting that he wasn’t expecting an endorsement today, and he didn’t get one. Santorum adviser John Brabender said the former Pennsylvania senator wanted to discuss manufacturing, health care and “economic solutions that are pro-family."

* A blow for Michigan Democrats: former Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz, who was considering running against. Rep. Tim Walberg (R) as a Democrat, has decided against a bid. He said the 7th district is “eminently winnable” for Democrats, but he doesn’t live inside the lines and at age 74 wasn’t sure he could serve long enough to be effective.

* Who said there’s bad blood between the two Republicans running for governor in Virginia next year? Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is wishing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli well on his trip to Iowa this weekend. “In fact,” Bolling’s office said in a statement, “we would be pleased to help his office with scheduling as many out-of-state speaking engagements for him as possible over the next year.”

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is posting his emails and those of a dozen top staffers online for the public to read, a pro-transparency intiative called “Project Sunburst.” It won’t replace public records request, but the idea is to relieve some of that pressure by posting some of the most-requested emails.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* An dinner with Obama at George Clooney’s home has sold out, and the event may net $12 million, making it the biggest fundraiser in U.S. history. One hundred and fifty guests are expected to contribute $5 to $6 million, with as much as $6 million reportedly netted in an online sweepstakes for a seat at the table.

* The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, is on the air in California for Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, who hopes to take the state’s open 26th district. It’s a $140,000 buy, aimed at boosting Brownley in the open primary for a seat that became more Democratic under restricting.

* Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) is out distributing fliers featuring himself with President Obama. Asked if Obama actually supports the scandal-plagued lawmaker’s reelection, Rangel replied: “God damn, that's a good question. ...  I would welcome asking whether or not the president opposes my re-election. Especially for the primary. I wish you would.”

* Voter registration among blacks and Hispanics has fallen sharply since 2008. It’s a serious challenge for Obama, who needs high turnout among those groups to win — made more difficult by new laws restricting voter registration efforts.

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