Santorum says supporting gay marriage would be ‘suicidal’ for GOP

April 9, 2013

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McConnell decries "Nixonian tactics: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dodged questions about a leaked tape recording of his campaign's private discussions, but accused the "political left" of "Nixonian tactics."

Immigration bill nearing? The bipartisan Senate "Gang of Eight" is likely to release its proposal in the next several days, and a committee hearing could be held on the measure as soon as next week, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Can Democrats avoiding gun control filibuster? With the first procedural vote on guns scheduled for Thursday, more than a half-dozen Republicans have announced that they will join with Democrats to stop any attempt to filibuster legislation. It's worth bearing in mind that Republican support to proceed doesn't guarantee support on a final vote.

Ross running: Former congressman Mike Ross (D) will run for governor of Arkansas next year. The moderate Democrat's decision boosts Democratic chances of holding the open seat.

Santorum says GOP supporting gay marriage would be "suicidal": Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum (R) said in an interview it would be "suicidal" for the GOP to support gay marriage. "The Republican Party’s not going to change on this issue. In my opinion it would be suicidal if it did," he told the Des Moines Register. The 2012 GOP platform expressed support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman.

Capito draws primary foe: Former West Virginia state delegate Pat McGeehan (R) will compete with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) for the 2014 Senate nomination.  It’s not clear whether McGeehan will pose a real threat to Capito. Club for Growth head Chris Chocola has invited McGeehan to sit down with his anti-tax group, which plays in GOP primaries.

Communications staffing changes for Christie: Kevin Roberts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's deputy press secretary, will move to Christie's reelection campaign later this month. His replacement will be Colin Reed, who previously worked for former senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

Party label? What party label? Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s first TV ad since the primary in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district is all about trying to convince voters she’s an independent voice who isn’t beholden to her party. Republicans, meanwhile, are casting her as a liberal who is out of touch with the fiscally conservative sentiment of the district.

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