Political Theater

Ron Paul says Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims”

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Ron Paul was on The Tonight Show last night, where Jay Leno asked him to say a little something about the other Republican candidates for president. Mitt Romney, according to Paul, is “a nice guy.” Newt Gingrich should “run for Speaker of the House again,” and Jon Huntsman is “a good diplomat” and ” a thoughtful person.”

And Michele Bachmann? Well, “she doesn’t like Muslims,” Paul said. “She hates Muslims. She wants to go get ‘em.” Rick Santorum, too, has a preoccupation with “gay people and Muslims.”

Here’s the clip:

New ad from pro-Romney SuperPAC hits on Gingrich’s weaknesses

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The pro-Romney SuperPAC Restore Our Future has released a video ad warning that Obama’s “plan” to “brutally attack Mitt Romney and hope Newt Gingrich is his opponent” because “Newt has a ton of baggage” is working.

The video goes on to outline Gingrich’s potential vulnerabilities, including ethics violations, lobbying profits, flip-flopping on issues, and immigration. Check it out:

New Perry ad bashes Gingrich, Romney on health care mandate

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A day after releasing an incendiary ad condemning gays serving in the military and “Obama’s war on religion,” the Perry campaign has put out a new campaign video, this one focused on his rivals’ stances on the individual mandate.

“We don’t want government-mandated health care,” says a voice-over in the ad:

Gingrich and Trump plan ‘Apprentice’ show for poor kids

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After a meeting with Newt Gingrich in Manhattan this morning, Donald Trump announced plans to start an ‘Apprentice’-style program for children from New York City’s poorest schools. The idea, apparently hatched during their meeting, is an extension of Gingrich’s scheme to hire poor schoolchildren for jobs typically occupied by adults — including janitor and librarian — because, as he put it last week, these kids “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

Speaking to the press this morning, Gingrich said he asked Trump to “take one of the poorer schools in New York and basically offer at least ten apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work and get them into an opportunity to earn money and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded and that America is all about the work ethic.”

Gingrich airs first TV ad in Iowa: ‘Is the America we love a thing of the past?’

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Newt Gingrich has released his first television ad of the campaign, an optimistic rebuttal to anyone who thinks “the America we know and love is a thing of the past.” Set to air in Iowa this week, the spot mixes uplifting music (from the soundtrack to the film Rudy) and imagery — wheat fields, a picket-fence home flying an American flag, factory workers, the Iowa State Capitol building — with footage of Gingrich making the case that “together…we can rebuild America”:

“We can revive our economy and create jobs, shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses, throw out the tax code and replace it with one that is simple and fair,” Gingrich says in the ad. “We can regain the world’s respect by standing strong again, being true to our faith and respecting one another. We can return power to the people and the states we live in so we’ll all have more freedom, opportunity and control of our lives. Yes, working together, we can and will rebuild the America we love.”

Gingrich reiterates plan to hire poor kids as school janitors

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Speaking in Iowa today, Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich repeated his idea for schoolkids in poor neighborhoods to take over some of the jobs adults are normally employed to do — greeter, for instance, or assistant librarian or janitor — in exchange for cash and, apparently, lessons in work ethic.

Gingrich, who according to a new national poll is leading 38 percent to Mitt Romney’s 17 percent among Republicans, offered no evidence to back up his claim that “really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works.” These children, he said, “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

Gingrich challenges Obama to debates, says he can use a teleprompter

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Newt Gingrich delighted a crowd of supporters with jokes about President Obama’s debating skills and “ego” at a campaign stop in Naples, Florida, over the weekend, where he repeated his promise to challenge Obama to “seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates” in the general election.

Gingrich, who described the debates as, “two adults, talking about the nation,” told the crowd that if Obama wanted to use a teleprompter during the debates, “it would be fine” with him. “It has to be fair,” he said to cheers.

With Barney Frank’s farewell, a few video highlights

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Whatever your view of his politics, it is difficult to deny Rep. Barney Frank’s inimitable facility with the spoken word. With the news of his retirement, it seems only appropriate to look back on a few of his best video moments.

Ezra Klein deserves a hearty hat tip for his roundup (do check it out), which leads with the most must-see of Frank’s takedowns:

The GOP national security debate in six minutes

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The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

from Tales from the Trail:

Gingrich takes heat over “amnesty”

Electrified fences, predator drones and anchor babies were nowhere to be found when the subject of illegal immigration came up in the latest of a series of Republican presidential debates.

The softer, gentler tone Tuesday night at Constitution Hall was a contrast from when the White House hopefuls took on the subject at a debate in Las Vegas last month.

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