Michele Bachmann will have a health-care plan soon, New Hampshire Republicans want to oust their leader, Jan Brewer blames Obama for her book-writing trouble and Mark Sanford is on a media tour.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is planning to release her own health-care plan in “the coming weeks,” a spokeswoman tells the Washington Examiner. The plan would explain what Bachmann would “replace” President Obama’s health care plan should she succeed in repealing the law.
* Republican presidential candidates Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney are all criticizing Vice President Joe Biden for saying on a trip to China that he “fully understand[s]” and wouldn’t “second-guess” the country’s one-child policy. Huntsman and Perry both described their anger in anti-abortion terms; Romney did not mention abortion but said Biden’s words “should shock the conscience of every American.” The State Department considers China’s one-child policy a “principal human rights problem.”
* If Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) doesn’t finish her book on schedule, it’s President Obama’s fault. "Scorpions For Breakfast: My Fight Against Special Interests, Liberal Media, and Cynical Politicos to Secure the Border” is supposed to come out Nov. 1, but she says, Obama’s “back door amnesty” (a policy to deport fewer illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children) has her distracted and concerned.
* Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is doing a media tour, for some reason. He said on ABC News today he has no interest in returning to politics but he’s “climbing out of my cocoon ... It's pretty scary and I don't want to get my head chopped off again. I don't know where my life goes next but I do know that hiding out on a farm doesn't get you there.” The lovestruck ex-governor has also spoken recently ot the New York Times magazine, CNN, and Fox News.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Some Republicans are trying to oust New Hampshire Republican Party Jack Kimball, who rode into power on a tea party wave. Members complain of weak fundraising and local election losses, and that Kimball doesn’t reach out to moderates. A Sept. 1 special executive committee meeting is being held to discuss his fate. The conservative Union Leader editorial board has called on him to “take the hint” and step down.
* Former Florida state Rep. Adam Hasner has snagged the endorsement of businessman and former state House Speaker Allan Bense (R) in the crowded primary to take on Sen. Bill Nelson (D). Bense, an influential party stalwart who was himself recruited for the race, will become chairman of Hasner’s campaign.
* The conservative Club for Growth has reviewed Perry’s record as governor of Texas and concluded that while “his support for taxpayer-subsidized funds to lure jobs away from other states and his contradictory stance on energy mandates reveals an interventionist streak rather than a consistent dedication to free-market principles,” as president he would likely “seek to move the country in a much more pro-growth direction,” according to President Chris Chocola.
* Freshman Missouri state Rep. Kevin Elmer is the first Republican officeholder in the state to openly call for Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) to abandon his gubernatorial ambitions. “An attempt to excuse his poor decisions because it happened when he was 40 fails to pass muster,” Elmer said in a statement. “I am a 40-year-old State Representative and I can tell you sitting in a dark club sipping wine while watching women take off their clothes for money is impermissible behavior for someone elected to be a leader in the community.”
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