2012 Roundup

Rick Perry says that for Mitt Romney, $10,000 would be “pocket change.”

Perry spokeswoman Liz Mair tells The Plum Line that it’s no shock that Mitt Romney described himself as having “progressive” views in 2002. “A quick look at his record shows that he pursued plenty of progressive policies as governor, including notably raising business taxes, the individual mandate to purchase health insurance and global warming policies,” Mair said. “In fact, Mr. Romney and Speaker Gingrich share progressive policies on government mandated health insurance and climate change.”

South Carolina GOP chair Chad Connelly thinks that Romney should really start campaigning in the Palmetto state.  “”I have felt like he just assumed he can’t win here. I think he’s going to do much better than he thinks, but if he doesn’t get here he’s missing a golden opportunity,” Connelly told National Journal.

Rick Santorum is arguing that he is more electable than Michele Bachmann.  According to Politico, Santorum argued in Iowa today that he hadn’t been ready to be president after his four years in the House. “Michele represents one of the most Republican districts in the state of Minnesota,” Santorum added. “She’s had a tough time winning those districts every time. It’s not like she’s ever had any record of success of attracting the kind of voters we need if we’re going to win this.”

Newt Gingrich now has a SuperPAC supporting him: Winning Our Future.

In his 2007 book Real Change, Newt Gingrich praised SEIU’s Andy Stern (via the Huffington Post):

Conservatives cannot cheer unions overseas and then be blindly anti-union here at home. There are legitimate historic reasons for workers to organize together, and there is a strong need for a healthy, competitive, union, movement that helps improve the lives of its members and the competitiveness of our country.

Andy Stern, the head of the Service Employees International Union, is the union leader who probably best understands the challenge of the world market and the need to make American union members productive in the face of world competition. Sadly, he is a distinct minority among union leaders.

UPDATE: And one last item: Perry told Sean Hannity today that he felt the exhaustion his back surgery had caused him had impacted his early debate performances. “If there’s one thing I could have changed in my campaign I would have moved that surgery I had the first of July back to January,” Perry said.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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