Debate Eve, Target Practice, Santorum Logic, The Unemployment Rate (The PM Note)

Jan 6, 2012 6:44pm

Debate Eve – The rhetoric is a heatin’ up before tomorrow night’s ABC News / Yahoo News / WMUR debate. Here’s what’s going on to set the stage for the first debate since Iowa and last year. For Mitt Romney – by how much does he have to win in New Hampshire in order to win over the punditry?

Newt’s List of Massachusetts Moderates: Kerry, Dukakis, Romney? - Newt told George Stephanopoulos this morning Obama would “laugh at Romney” during a debate.  Later he threatened to sue stations that broadcast Romney-favoring SuperPAC ads. Later he called Romney a Massachusetts moderate and said the last two – Dukakis and Kerry – didn’t win the White House. http://abcn.ws/AlXhN6

Pastels and Yoga - In a country that sees itself in bold Red White and Blue, its a low blow indeed, today, for Rick Santorum to use the imagery of pastel colors and yoga to describe Mitt Romney.  http://abcn.ws/ypfDu1

Target Practice – Rick Perry went shooting and tweeted some pics. (He did not wear the marathon tights and neon shoelaces of Wednesday’s jog, so far as we can tell). http://abcn.ws/xd91Ca

Ron Paul Hits New Hampshire, Wears Sweater, Fights ‘Dangerous’ Label – Jason Volack reports that “With pep in his step that had been lacking in the final days of Iowa, Rep. Paul, R-Texas, reminded the youthful audience of his opinion that America minding its own business is a much better way to make friends than dropping.” bombs .http://abcn.ws/wjxvtr

And Jon Huntsman is still basking in the glow of his Boston Globe endorsement. Jon Berman weighs in: http://abcn.ws/yrLlvF

1 Day ’til George Stephanopoulos Returns to Sunday Morning - http://abcn.ws/x8Vp6S

Obama as ‘Job Killer’ – Guilty as Charged or Wrongly Accused? – One thing candidates at the debate should be prepared for is questions about the unemployment rate, which fell to 8.5 percent. Devin Dwyer: “Analysts say the economy now must add roughly 200,000 to 250,000 jobs every month to effectively lower the unemployment rate to below 8 percent. The unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in February 2009, Obama’s first full month in office.”
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ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronwolf) reports:

Understanding Santorum Logic – Personally, Rick Santorum is opposed to contraception. Policy-wise, he wouldn’t vote to ban it for anyone. But he doesn’t think the courts have any business stepping in, either way. http://abcn.ws/xc1CCw

More on the 8.5 percent Unemployment Rate - http://abcn.ws/z3nKFM

Unemployment Rates and Presidents – ABC Pollster Gary Langer on exactly how important the unemployment rate is to Obama (very very very): http://abcn.ws/xcEp1g

South Carolina Air War – Mitt Romney said the buzz of a military plane was the sound of freedom as it buzzed his campaign event yesterday. Also in the air is the sound of political ads and the air war is shifting to South Carolina, where the Pro-Santorum SuperPAC is about to go up with a hefty ad buy. Romney is up with a new TV ad and Ron Paul released the first anti-Santorum TV ad we’re aware of:
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2 Dozen SCOTUS Cases Every Candidate Should Know - From Marbury to Roe to Groskster and Heller – our little cheat sheet to make sure no candidate is ever embarrassed again. (Psst: You’re in one, Rick Perry) http://abcn.ws/zlIKfp

Redistricting – The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on the two maps that could determine how Texans are represented in Congress. Why is one person one vote so complicated? http://abcn.ws/zMrhLY

House Democrats tried to hijack a pro-forma session today - http://abcn.ws/xocpbx
Would a GOP President be more likely to bomb Iran? A thorough examination from our investigative unit.  http://abcn.ws/wEIpQ3

Campaign Songs Rally Supporters, Lawsuits - http://abcn.ws/wPxu5Y

Sniff Sniff, Its the Police! Is Doorstep Dog Whiff Constitutional? - http://abcn.ws/w8VuKA

Which Cabinet Official Had Their Identity Stolen? http://abcn.ws/yTXE6r

Bo Obama’s New Year’s Resolution - What’s Work/Life Balance for a Presidential Pooch?
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