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The Romney Roundup - June 27th
In case you missed it, here is the latest Roundup of news about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Game Changers: The Wall Street Journal is stating there are 4 states which could be game changers as Romney seeks to unseat the President in November. The secret is if Romney can win Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
"No Comment" Campaign?: Garance Franke-Ruta, writing in The Atlantic, says that there are 3 reasons why, what she calls, Romney's "no comment" campaign is unsustainable.
1. It makes Romney look weak
2. It makes him look like he has something to hide
3. It gives new weight to the argument he has no core and doesn't believe in anything except his own success
The VEEP Stakes: Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, star of Romney's Utah weekend, says no way to being the #2 candidate. Meanwhile New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says Romney hasn't even asked him about whether he may like to be on the ticket.
Executive Privilege: In 2007 Romney had this to say about executive privilege which the President invoked last week to protect US Attorney General Eric Holder:
"Do you approve of President Bush's declaration that he will simply refuse these subpoenas that have been sent to Ms. Miers and Karl Rove," Hugh Hewitt, radio host, asked Romney.
"Yeah, he's got a responsibility to protect executive privilege. That's just part of preserving the powers of the presidency," Romney responded in the interview. "He should do what he thinks is the right thing with regards to members of his team but preserve executive privilege."
On the Arizona Immigration Ruling: Initially Romney released a statement that emphasized states right to enact immigration policies, but not specifically referring to the Arizona ruling. Later on Politico went for more in depth understanding on Romney's position, which can be read here:
"I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states, not less," Romney told a group of donors at a fund-raiser at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. "States now under this decision have less authority, less latitude to enforce immigration laws."
Immigration: In light of the change in policy announced by the President nearly 2 weeks ago and the Arizona ruling, Romney and the GOP are struggling to find the balance as they walk the tight rope on the issue.
Ana Navarro, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, is getting tired of waitng for both Romney and her party to take a stand on immigration.
"I'm getting increasingly frustrated as a Republican Hispanic not seeing him engage," Navarro said.
Healthcare and the ACA: Romney may have given a clue as to how he will respond depending on how the Supreme Court releases its ruling on the Affordable Care ACt, slated to be revealed around 10 a.m. Thursday.
"If Obamacare is not deemed constitutional, then the first three and a half years of this president's term will have been wasted on something that has not helped the American people," Romney said. "If it is deemed to stand, then I'll tell you one thing. Then we'll have to have a president – and I'm that one – that's gonna get rid of Obamacare. We're gonna stop it on day one."
The Individual Mandate - "I think there are a number of features in the Massachusetts plan that could inform Washington on ways to improve health care for all Americans," Romney told CNN in 2009. "The fact that we were able to get people insured without a government option is a model I think they can learn from."
"No more free riders. Everybody is part of the plan. And that way, we get the costs down. We let people know that they never have to worry about losing their coverage," Romney said in the interview.
Romney has since said he was talking about Massachusetts only.
Attack On: Though a decision from the Supremes is expected tomorrow morning, Romney is not stopping the assault on the ACA.
"Instead of focusing on the big issue, the economy, he focused on his healthcare reform, called Obamacare," Romney said about the President.
"Do you think Obamacare is working just fine to get the American people back to work?"
Foreign Policy: New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, a possible VEEP contender, defended Romney against a charge by Vice President Joe Biden that Romney's foreign policy views were stuck in the 1950s.
"I've spent a lot if time with Gov. Romney. I think that he has a strong understanding of foreign policy, and he does not have a Cold War view toward Russia," Ayotte said after delivering a keynote address to a conference examining democracy in Russia.
"He, like me, very very much disagrees with the accommodations we have toward Vladimir Putin," Ayotte said. "Vladimir Putin is an autocrat, he's someone we shouldn't be supporting, and I think this administration has been much too accommodating toward Mr. Putin. I know who his foreign policy team is, he's got the very best advisers on foreign policy, and the other thing I know about Gov. Romney is he's someone who does his homework, he's very thoughtful, and he will reach out to leaders in Congress."
China - Possible VEEP candidate, Ohio Senator Rob Portman had this to say about Romney and dealing with China:
Romney has taken "a sensible approach on trade, which is to be much more aggressive on the export side, but also with a mature trading partner like China, making it clear that we're going to have rules that we all live by," Portman said at the Reuters Washington Summit.
"I've talked to Romney about this ... He's for immediately changing our trade policy to access the 95 percent of consumers that live outside of our borders by being aggressive on trade openings. He'd get trade promotion authority from Congress and then begin serious negotiations to open up markets."
Trouble with the Washington Post: The Romney Campaign has taken issue with a report in the Washington Post over Romney's tenure at Bain Capital and accusing the firm of leading the way with outsourcing of jobs from the US of A.
The Washington Post will not retract their June 21 report about Bain Capital's investments in firms that specialized in outsourcing American jobs, POLITICO has learned.
"We are very confident in our reporting," Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti told POLITICO following a meeting between the Post's executive editor Marcus Brauchli and Mitt Romney campaign representatives, who had sought a retraction from the paper.
The Romney campaign would not discuss the meeting. "It was an off-the-record private meeting so I don’t have anything for you on that," campaign press secretary Andrea Saul told POLITICO.
From the Cornfield, in case you missed it earlier or didn't see it on your favorite news channel or news website or newspaper, this is the latest Romney Roundup.