By Judy Wiley
Roughly 1,000 supporters filled the Fairview Farms Corral Barn in Plano, Texas and spilled out the door of the party hall where they’d come to see the man in the day’s political spotlight — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
Those who stood outside in the cold could only hear bits and pieces of Santorum’s talk, but that didn’t stop them from cheering after he raised his voice to declare, “Now is the time for America to rise up and say, “Enough!”
The former Pennsylavania senator has not won a Republican nominating contest since he edged Romney in the Iowa caucuses. And the “frontrunner” title briefly held by other Romney rivals has eluded Santorum.
President Barack Obama said on Sunday he deserves to be re-elected despite having said three years ago that he’d be a one-term president if he didn’t turn the economy around.
“I deserve a second term, but we’re not done,” Obama told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview broadcast before the Super Bowl game. Obama listed his administration’s economic achievements but said they weren’t finished.
The CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, KLAS TV reports sources confirmed what Trump would say. Earlier a Trump spokesman said only that the impending announcement would pertain to the campaign.
Michelle Obama might have been one of the few people in the United States who knew President Barack Obama could actually carry a tune before he surprised an Apollo Theater audience this month.
In her debut appearance on NBC “The Tonight Show” as first lady, Mrs. Obama told host Jay Leno that her husband sings to her all the time. She said she even knew what song it would be when she heard about his singing a line from Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Mrs. Obama gave a very tiny demonstration before conceding that the president was the better singer. Obama said her husband has a beautiful voice.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A tense airport exchange with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, in which she wagged her finger in his face, was blown out of proportion, President Barack Obama said in an ABC News interview on Thursday.
“I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me. … But this was really not a big deal,” Obama said. “Last time we met, she wasn’t fully satisfied. But, you know, I think this is a classic example of things getting blown out of proportion.”
Republicans need to think of immigration as an economic issue — not just a border security issue, former Florida governor Jeb Bush wrote in a Washington Post opinion article on Wednesday, laying out a strategy for wooing Hispanic voters.
Bush, whose op-ed comes ahead of next Tuesday’s Florida primary, calls Hispanics “the most powerful swing voters,” predicting they’ll represent the margin of victory in the fifteen states likely to decide the 2012 presidential race.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Increasing taxes on the wealthy would bring fairness to U.S. taxpayers across the board, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said on Wednesday, backing the tax reform that President Barack Obama proposed in his State of the Union address.
On Tuesday, Obama proposed a minimum effective tax rate of 30 percent on those who earn a million dollars or more, reviving his call for the so-called “Buffett rule,” designed to prevent millionaires from paying a smaller share of income taxes than middle-class taxpayers.
By JoAnne Allen
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama put the spotlight on economic fairness and tax reform in an election-year State of the Union address on Tuesday that laid out his vision for turning the economy around.
Here is reaction from political and Wall Street analysts:
JAMES ANGEL, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FINANCE AT GEORGETOWN
UNIVERSITY’S MCDONOUGH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS:
“It’s definitely a campaign speech. He’s clearly running for re-election and trying to say all the right things.
By JoAnne Allen
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama laid out a vision for strengthening the U.S. economy on Tuesday in an election-year State of the Union address focusing on tax inequality and making the case for his economic leadership.
Here are some key quotes from the speech:
* “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”