Mitt Romney will likely finally clinch the Republican nomination after Tuesday’s primaries in Texas, but he won’t be around to celebrate. The former Massachusetts governor will be farther west, holding campaign events in Colorado and Nevada.
Also Tuesday, President Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, “our Nation’s highest civilian honor,” according to the White House press office, in an afternoon ceremony. Honorees include singer Bob Dylan, astronaut John Glenn, former secretary of state Madeline Albright, University of Tennessee basketball coach Pat Summit and writer Toni Morrison.
Here’s what is happening with the candidates and their campaigns for the next few days, courtesy of the White House press office and the PBS News Hour Political Calendar.
Tuesday, May 29 (All times ET)
2:45 p.m. The president meets with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
3:25 p.m. The president and first lady honor recipients of the 2011 Medal of Freedom in a ceremony.
5 p.m. President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.
Michelle Obama will also travel to New York to promote her book “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,” in a series of television interviews on “The View,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Good Morning America.”
11 a.m. Mitt Romney holds an event in Craig, Colo.
6 p.m. Romney holds a campaign event in Las Vegas.
Top stories on PostPolitics right now:
Philip Rucker: Mitt Romney is about to do what his father didn’t and no one in his church ever has. With Tuesday’s Texas primary, he is poised to secure the 1,144 delegates required to clinch the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s August convention.
Robert Barnes: The director of the National Weather Service has retired after an investigative report found senior staff members at the agency had misdirected millions of dollars and operated “outside the bounds of acceptable financial management.”
On the Fix: Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) seems to have the upper hand one week out from the state’s recall election
On the Fact Checker: Mitt Romney said he was using a direct quote from a former teachers union leader in a speech last week on education reform. But did Albert Shanker, the American Federation of Teachers leader, actually say,that “When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of children”?
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