The big pitfall in picking Paul Ryan was supposed to be his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare. But on Sunday morning, Mitt Romney had a different problem with his running mate, who voted for the automatic defense cuts included in last year's debt ceiling deal that Romney now calls an "extraordinary miscalculation" on the part of House Republicans.
"That's a big mistake," said Romney, who was making his first appearance this cycle on "Meet the Press" with a two-part interview on his campaign bus, followed by an open-air, rooftop sit-down near his campaign headquarters. "I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it."(1)
Yesterday, Eric Ulrich's opponent in a Republican primary for State Senate in Queens, Juan Reyes, announced that he was endorsed by, among others, his former boss Bob Dole.(1)
This week, Senator Chuck Schumer chided Mayor Michael Bloomberg for criticizing President Barack Obama on gun control, telling the Washington Post that the mayor was being "unfair" when he argued, as he does often, that Obama and Mitt Romney are equivalently ineffective on the matter.
Steve Kornacki: Clinton really is the perfect messenger for this, and the Republicans have contributed to it by making him a major part of their anti-Obama narrative. He's the "good" Democratic president, in their telling, the one whose legacy Obama has thumbed his nose at with his reckless spending and devotion to Big Government and partisanship. With Republicans singing his praises, Clinton has become one of the most popular public figures in the country.
On a "state of the race" conference call with reporters this afternoon, David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter said, essentially, that they liked President Obama's chances after the Republican convention.
"This is serious business, picking the president of the United States. Again, unless it's something horribly graphic, I think that an hour of news time can be found. This is a hard news story, covering the nomination of who might be the next president of the United States."(1)
Steve Kornacki: I would guess Christie's people have always been sensitive to the idea that angling for vice president might look bad at home, especially after all of the will he/won't he run drama last year. I mean, I still think he's in pretty decent shape for '13, but we're also still talking about New Jersey, too. Christie just doesn't have a big margin for error, and it won't help if they make it easier for Democrats to argue that he doesn't really want the job and is looking to get out.(2)
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)
Mitt Romney presented a new argument on Sunday morning for why he's the best candidate on the issue of women's health.
At an event in Michigan today, Mitt Romney made a joke about his birthplace.
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate," Romney told a big crowd, in an appearance with his running mate, Paul Ryan. "They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
Democrats pounced on the remark, as an example of Romney embracing the birther movement that posits President Obama was secretly born outside the United States, and the long-form birth certificate from the State of Hawaii that he released last year, along with announcements in local papers, are all part of an elaborate conspiracy.
950 pages of Mitt Romney's "tax-dodging, Cayman Island schemes." [John Cook]
Yawn. [Alex Klein]
No bombshells yet. [Melissa Bell]
This is the sort of thing that happens when candidates don't release their tax returns. [Amy Davidson]
Maybe crowdsourcing the stuff will unearth a news nugget. [Josh Voorhees]