Said Perry: “No, we’re going to continue on. As a matter of fact, I’m just back from South Carolina, where we had great crowds and a lot of enthusiasm, after I spent two days in Iowa with, again, an opportunity to talk to people.”
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Conservatives are talking up a possible Democratic presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, the New York Times reports.
“The tactic says much about the 2016 landscape for Republicans. A crowded field of people who say they are considering running for president — including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts — has emerged. That means the party is expecting a bruising ideological battle for the nomination.”
“An easy path to the nomination would allow Mrs. Clinton to potentially enter a general election with more funding than the Republican nominee, who would have had to spend heavily to beat a wide field of competitors.”
Mitt Romney “will make his most forceful public case yet against likely Democratic contender Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions in a speech Wednesday at Mississippi State University. According to his prepared remarks, Romney, who said earlier this month he is ‘seriously considering’ another White House bid, will seek to tie the former Secretary of State’s record to that of President Obama,” Time reports.
Romney is to say: “Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine, a sovereign nation. The Middle East and much of North Africa is in chaos. China grows more assertive and builds a navy that will be larger than ours in five years. We shrink our nuclear capabilities as Russia upgrades theirs.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who has taken pro-life positions, wrote in the Akron Beacon Journal that he changed his mind on abortion after talking with his female constituents.
Said Ryan: “These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good conscience on both sides of this argument, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: the heavy hand of government must not make this decision for women and families.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that he “is seriously considering running for president because he sees gaps in the field of likely Republican candidates, and that he doesn’t have a problem with being branded as bland or uncharismatic,” the AP reports.
Said Walker: “The media is going to peg any prospective candidate with a tag. I’d rather have bland or uncharismatic than dumb or ignorant, or corrupt or any of the other things that they could label other would-be candidates out there, or old for that matter.”
“As Washington has tightened its belt in recent years, the budget cuts have sliced most deeply in states where President Obama is unpopular,” according to an analysis of federal spending by Reuters.
“Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing states like Ohio dropped by 25 percent.”
“Though Congress sets overall spending levels, the Obama administration determines where much of that money ends up.”
Morning Line: “House Republicans, leadership aides confirm, will move forward with a bill on full repeal of the health care law, something Republicans have done half a dozen times now. (They have voted more than 50 times on measures relating to changing the law, including six times for full repeal). So why are Republicans doing this again? Frankly, because newly elected freshmen members haven’t voted for it before, and they want the opportunity to do so.”
Wonk Wire: Americans still want Obamacare perks
“President Obama, facing angry reprisals from parents and from lawmakers of both parties, will drop his proposal to effectively end the popular college savings accounts known as 529s, but will keep an expanded tuition tax credit at the center of his college access plan,” the New York Times reports.
First Read: “There are two big lessons here: One, it shows why tax reform is so hard; you touch one popular tax break (even if it makes ton of economic/efficiency sense), and folks will scream bloody murder. Two, it’s a story about the political/journalist class. Raise your hand if you have one of these 529 accounts for your children or grandchildren… the benefits under the program are disproportionately skewed to Americans earning six figures or above — who represent just a sliver of the population. Still, we’re surprised the White House didn’t see this blowback coming when it first proposed the plan.”
“Yet there’s another story here, too: That the White House yanked it so quickly — especially while the president was overseas — suggests it’s still holding out hope to strike some sort of tax deal with congressional Republicans. If you want to see tax reform happen in the 114th Congress, the speed of the Obama White House’s retraction might give you hope.”
Mike Huckabee said that while in New York for his Fox News show, he experienced significant culture shock from all the “trashy” women swearing in a professional setting, Politico reports.
Said Huckabee: “In the South, or in the Midwest, there in Iowa, you would not have people who would just throw the F-bomb or use gratuitous profanity in a professional setting. In New York, not only do the men do it, but the women. My gosh, this is worse than locker-room talk. As we would say in the South, that’s just trashy.”
Mitt Romney “is taking steps to shed some of his property, including retaining a broker who is currently showing the La Jolla home to potential buyers, according to a Romney aide. The aide would not disclose the asking price or explain why the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann, want to sell the home after more than four years of city permitting, hearings, and construction,” the Boston Globe reports.
The home features the now infamous car elevator that dogged Romney’s 2012 presidential bid.
“As aspiring Republican presidential candidates compete for donor support, the old rules no longer apply,” National Journal reports.
“Gone is any vestige of respect for ‘home turf,’ a now-abandoned campaign ethos that at times made candidates think twice before seeking support from their rivals’ home states or previous financial backers. Instead, 2016 is a free-for-all, where candidates not only ignore boundaries, they also actively seek out their rivals’ supporters in a bid to crowd them out of the competition for cash.”
“A judge denied a second and more substantial request Tuesday by former Gov. Rick Perry to dismiss the indictment against him prior to trial, likely extending his criminal case for the next several months as Perry continues mounting a possible presidential campaign,” the Austin American Statesman reports.
“Indiana announced plans to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act after securing concessions from the Obama administration that could pave the way for other Republican-led states to widen health coverage for low-income residents,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Gov. Mike Pence is the latest Republican to opt into the health law’s expansion of Medicaid despite his party’s opposition to the legislation. His move could prompt up to a half-dozen other GOP-led states to follow suit, including Florida, Tennessee and Alabama, by giving them a model to follow.”
Wonk Wire: Obamacare enrollment reaches new enrollment record
In an informal straw poll of donors at a conference hosted by the Koch brothers, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) came out ahead of four other possible GOP presidential candidates who had been invited, Politico reports.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) – who received the least enthusiastic response from donors during a forum of prospective candidates that also featured Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) – finished last.
“Long-simmering tensions between the Heritage Foundation, its sister political arm and House Republicans erupted Tuesday during a weekly meeting of conservatives, as GOP lawmakers confronted the nonprofit group’s leader behind closed doors,” Politico reports.
“Several Republican lawmakers unleashed on Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint — a former South Carolina senator — griping mostly about Heritage Action’s legislative scorecard.”
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) “hasn’t been in office a month, but she’s already delivered the GOP response to the State of the Union. And now the Iowa Republican is looking to parlay her newfound celebrity into something more powerful: influence in the 2016 presidential campaign,” Politico reports.
“Likely candidates are expected to attend a summer political event put on by Ernst that will showcase her sway at the national level. Weeks after Ernst won a hotly contested Senate race, her staff started planning the June 6 gathering that she aims to turn into an annual tradition akin to the steak fry that her Democratic predecessor, Tom Harkin, put on 37 times.”