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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.

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