Colin Powell wants Romney to think, a Democratic Senate candidate says Obama failed his one test, Richard Mourdock is doing some spring cleaning and Jesse Kelly’s spokesman did not like a question.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on MSNBC that he was not impressed when former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Russia was the country’s top geostrategic threat. “C’mon, Mitt, think,” he said. “That isn’t the case.” Powell added that some of Romney’s foreign policy advisers are “ quite far to the right” and their recommendations should “get a second thought.” The Bush administration official said earlier this week that he had not decided who to endorse; he backed President Obama in 2008. In an interview with CNN, Powell also came out in favor of gay marriage.
* In an interview with the Associated Press published today, North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp (D) was critical of the president. “I think he’s failed in the one test America had for him, which was to unite the country,” she said. “I think he needed to be more hands-on.” Heitkamp faces Rep. Rick Berg (R) in an increasingly conservative state.
* Weeks after defeating Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana’s GOP Senate primary, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock has erased all mention of that nasty fight from his website. The “news” section of his campaign site now goes back only to May 8, the primary date.
* Arizona House candidate Jesse Kelly’s sit-down with a local TV station was cut short when the Republican’s spokesman began attacking the professionalism of the interviewer. John Ellinwood took issue with KGUN9 anchor Jennifer Waddell’s characterization of an endorsement Kelly accepted from a controversial anti-immigration group in 2010 as “recent.” Kelly, who faces Ron Barber (D) for the seat vacated by Gabrielle Giffords (D), himself politely deemed the question “out of bounds.”
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is endorsing Rep. Bob Turner (R-N.Y.) in a three-way primary to take on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D). Turner, whose district will disappear under new maps, was the surprise victor in last year’s special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D).
* Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has endorsed former senator George LeMieux in the Florida GOP Senate primary. "I served with George and have seen firsthand his commitment to reducing our national debt and stopping Washington's out-of-control spending, Coburn said of LeMieux, who was appointed to the Senate by former governor Charlie Crist (R).
* Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) has launched a new website attacking former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert in the state’s Republican Senate primary as “too liberal for Texas.” Dewhurst’s needs to get above 50 percent in the May 29 primary to avoid a run-off with his chief rival, former solicitor general Ted Cruz, and is clearly hoping to knock Leppert down enough to make that happen.
* A new Public Policy Polling survey suggests Romney’s lead in Arizona is widening. During the GOP primary, the Democratic firm had Obama and Romney tied in the state; now the Republican candidate leads 50 to 43 percent.
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