President Obama did two things on a very quick swing through New York City last night: He addressed Mitt Romney's '47 percent' comments, and he raised a lot of money.
Today, with the clock ticking away before Election Day, the news is dominated by reaction to the reaction to the reaction to Mitt Romney's comments at a fund-raiser about Americans who don't pay federal income tax.
The unedited Romney tape. [David Corn]
The secret videographer "didn't go looking to get Romney" Corn said. [Howard Kurtz]
Romney adviser Kevin Madden said the comments on the video "has to" blow over because "voters I think are really focused on the big issues related on the economy and the direction of the country." [Seema Mehta]
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for Senate who doubles as a legal adviser to Mitt Romney, disagreed with Romney's comments to a Florida fund-raising reception that the 47 percent of the country that doesn't pay federal income taxes and plans to vote for President Obama are a hopelessly dependent lot with a victim mentality.
"Now I don't believe that a lot of people in the 47 percent who are not paying taxes, want to be there," she told Fred Dicker this morning, in an appearance on his radio show.(1)
In a hastily called press conference after the video surfaced, Romney reiterated the substance of the remarks, which he said had not been "elegantly stated." He also called for the person who taped the fund-raiser to release the whole tape, so that the remarks could be heard in context.
On Sunday morning, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a football analogy to communicate the threat from Iran.
"They're in the red zone," he told David Gregory on "Meet the Press."
"You know, they're in the last 20 yards. And you can't let them cross that goal line. You can't let them score a touchdown, because that would have unbelievable consequences, grievous consequences, for the peace and security of us all--of the world, really.
On MSNBC this afternoon, Rep. Charlie Rangel said he was pleased that Mitt Romney's "incompetency" might help re-elect President Obama, but concerned about the effect of Romney's foreign policy statements on international relations.
"When I start listening to how ridiculous their remarks get, and Romney's response to Iran and Libya, I think they are becoming a threat to our national security," Rangel said. "We just cannot afford that type of incompetency, and we cannot afford for our friends and allies to believe that people who have this immature response to international disasters for us could possibly be president of the United States."
Mitt Romney isn't going to get far blaming the media for the public flaying he got after his blundering response to events in Benghazi and Cairo. He screwed up, and the damage to his reputation as a foreign-policy grown-up is done.(43)
"He went off half-cocked, he didn't have his facts right," said Rep. Jerry Nadler, after a conference call timed to coincide with Mitt Romney's fund-raising visit to New York City today.
In the melee of a political campaign, where even the most trivial bit of news can be fodder for attack, it is often difficult to recognize the truly momentous events for what they are.(4)
Representative Peter King, the Long Island Republican who chairs the Homeland Security Committee in the House, said he agrees with the overall point Mitt Romney was trying to make about the Obama administration's reaction to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.(2)
The criticism of the Obama administration for its statements, which Romney said represented the "mixed signals they're sending to the world," begins at 2:02.
Sheldon Adelson is a major player in this presidential election, having pledged to contribute $100 million to Mitt Romney's campaign over the course of the year.
Shortly after Mitt Romney's campaign announced that it had posted yet another $100-million month--raising a combined $111.6 million in August--President Obama's campaign took to Twitter to say it had done them one better.
"Huge news: our grassroots campaign outraised the Romney campaign in August—the first time we've done so since April," the Obama campaign wrote on Twitter. "The campaign and combined committees raised over $114 million in August to the Romney campaign's $111 million."