Joe Manchin not sure he’ll support Obama, Romney wants pledges, someone flips for Gingrich and Ron Paul raised $2.6 million in March.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) isn’t sure whether he'll support President Obama over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. In a statement, Manchin said he had “some real differences” with both candidates. He told National Journal that the last three ears have “made it pretty rough” in his state, where Obama has never been popular.
* Romney met with Republican National Committee members in Arizona today, hoping to lock down support for the convention. Iowa’s three committee members refused to sign a form pledging to support Romney and were subsequently barred from a private meet-and-greet with the presumptive nominee.
* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who has endorsed Romney, said today that “the party is not in a good place right now” and adding, “Here you are during a time of the great crisis for this nation...and you say, this is all this great country can offer up?” He did say that “I think Romney will show leadership on the economy” but that his former rival had not addressed “the trust deficit.”
* Some rare good news for Newt Gingrich — the chairman of the Kent County, Del., GOP is switching his support from Romney to the former House speaker. Why? Gingrich was “the only candidate who has shown a willingness to meet and talk with Delaware voters for more than an hour,” Hans Reigle said today.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Romney will campaign with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Pennsylvania on Monday, an event that will undoubtedly inspire even more VP talk (if that’s possible.)
* Democratic Governors Association Chairman Martin O’Malley weighed in on the contentious Democratic primary in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race this morning. “I think she is a person who certainly speaks to the hopes and aspirations of women strongly and so there is certainly that affinity,” he said of former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. “I think [Milwaukee Mayor Tom] Barrett has the strength of having been a big city mayor.”
* While he still thinks Rubio is the best choice, former Florida governor Jeb Bush says he would “consider” being Romney’s running mate if asked. “Well I’d consider it, but I doubt I’ll get a call, and I don’t know if it’s the right thing for me to do,” he told NewsMax.
* Texas Rep. Ron Paul raised $2.6 million in March. While he's still bringing in some cash despite failing to win any states, Paul's financial support is steadily declining. The libertarian-minded candidate raised $3.3 million in February and $4.5 million in January. On the bright side, Paul has no debt, having sat out the more expensive primary contests. He still has $1.8 million on hand and is currently spending $110,00 on ads in Rhode Island and Texas.
THE FIX MIX:
Should not exist.