Paul Ryan reportedly being vetted, Bob McDonnell issues an ultimatum, most Americans don’t know President Obama is a Christian, and Trent Franks tussles with the Club for Growth.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has submitted paperwork former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be vetted for the vice presidency, according to the National Review. As The Fix wrote earlier this week, any vice presidential reporting should be taken with a big grain of salt, although the two have chemistry on the trail.
* Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is demanding that the University of Virginia’s board members make a final decision on the school’s leadership by next Wednesday, after two weeks of turmoil over the surprise ousting of president Teresa Sullivan. If they do not, he will ask for the entire board to resign. Former governor Tim Kaine (D), who is running for Senate, has said Sullivan should be reinstated.
* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has endorsed Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D) in the state’s 7th district, another establishment boost for the 20-year House veteran. Brooklyn Democratic party boss Vito Lopez is backing City Councilman Erik Dilan in the June 26th primary, forcing Velasquez into her first hard race in a long time.
* Only 34 percent of Americans can correctly name President Obama’s religion, according to a new Gallup poll. Forty-four percent say they don’t know it, 11 percent think he is a Muslim, and 8 percent think he has no religion.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Liberal group MoveOn.org is using Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s noncitizen voter purge against Romney with an ad campaign in the state asking the candidate to condemn the effort. The buy is focused on Tallahassee and says the purge is “not only against the law, it’s racist.”
* Obama has bought $4.85 million in ad time for two anti-Romney spots and one ad focused on equal pay for women, CNN reports. That’s on top of a $12.8 million buy. The ads are airing in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia.
* Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), forced into a primary with Rep. Hansen Clarke, is up with his first TV and radio ads. “Roots” highlights Peters’ background and economic policy; “Daughters” focuses on his family and support for women’s rights.
* He didn’t escape a primary, but a new poll suggests Sen.Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has little to worry about next Tuesday. He leads former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist by sixteen points, according to a Brigham Young University survey. Liljenquist kept Hatch just below the 60 percent of delegates he needed to win the nomination outright at the party’s state convention.
* Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) attacks the Club for Growth in a new ad for Arizona Senate candidate Wil Cardon, who is challenging Rep. Jeff Flake in the GOP primary. Franks almost ran against Flake himself; in a statement, Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller suggest Franks’ had let “personal bitterness ... cloud his judgement.”
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