Obama Tells Tapper About Kony, Bob Dole on Kansas, Keystone Iced, Gingrich as Santorum Siphon (PM Note)

Mar 8, 2012 6:26pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf (@zbyronw0lf) reports:

Pre-Viral – Jake Tapper asked Obama about Kony and U.S. sending troops to Africa back in 2011 – Obama: Well none of these decisions are easy, but those who are familiar with the Lord’s Resistance Army and their leader, Mr. Kony, know that these are some of the most vicious killers. They terrorize villages, they take children into custody and turn them into child soldiers, they engage in rape and slaughter in villages they go through. They have been a scourge on the Uganda and that entire region, eastern Africa. So there has been strong bi-partisan support and a coalition, everything from evangelical Christians to folks on the left and human rights organizations who have said it is an international obligation for us to try to take them on and so given that bipartisan support across the board belief that we have to do something about this, what we’ve done is we’ve provided these advisers, they are not going to be in a situation where they are called upon to hunt down the Lord’s Resistance Army or actively fire on them, but they will be in a position to protect themselves. What they can do is provide the logistical support that is needed, the advice, the training and the logistical support that hopefully will allow this kind of stuff to stop. http://abcn.ws/yOvZ4A

Senate Democrats Narrowly Defeat Keystone Pipelinehttp://abcn.ws/zXMOM5

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Pre-Kansas – Straight Talk from Bob Dole – From Matt Negrin – Mitt Romney’s campaign sent out a short statement of support this morning from 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole,  boosting Romney in Saturday’s Kansas caucuses. We thought we’d email Dole for some elaboration. He called back. Dole thinks Romney is in a tough spot over his role in crafting the Massachusetts health plan that the White House says was a blueprint for ObamaCare. He called it a liability for Romney but said it wasn’t “fatal.” “In the first place, you’re dealing with the state level rather than the national level,” Dole said. “And I haven’t gone over the Massachusetts plan, but there are mandates in it. That’s the one thing that Romney has to answer to, about mandates.” Dole added: “But I think he’s, you know, when he stands up and says, ‘One of the first things I’m going to do is repeal ObamaCare’ — of course the president can’t repeal it. He’s going to start the ball rolling.” A former senator, Dole predicted that Romney will surprise observers and do well in the upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. “I’m not sure about my home state of Kansas,” Dole said, referring to Saturday’s caucuses. http://abcn.ws/wCTRJK

Santorum Says Campaign is “Burning Through” his Savingshttp://abcn.ws/Ak4TcN

New Radicals – Derrick Bell is a new character in the web of purported radicals online conspiracists attribute to President Obama – http://abcn.ws/xUpMTJ

Obama Faces Limbaugh / Maher Double Standard Accusation – More from Devin Dwyer – http://abcn.ws/ziWOX3

Gingrich as Santorum Siphon?

Why Should Mitt Romney Give Newt Gingrich a Big Wet Kiss? – Matt Jaffe makes the case – http://abcn.ws/ypaLNt

ABC’s Pollster Gary Langer isn’t convinced.  – “First, in our ABC News/Washington Post pre-election polls, among leaned Republicans nationally, Gingrich supporters have been somewhat more apt to pick Mitt Romney rather than Santorum as their second choice. These are all Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, not just primary voters, but it doesn’t help the Santorum-siphon argument. Cutting more to the chase, exit polls suggest that Gingrich voters are somewhat more in tune with Santorum as the nominee – but it’s not all that big of an effect. In Ohio, for instance, 54 percent of Gingrich voters said they’d be satisfied with Santorum as the nominee. But 49 percent said they’d be satisfied with Romney.” http://abcn.ws/wh0X20

On to Illinois – the Next Big Prize – Matt Jaffe shows off his Chicago dateline – Illinois has 69 delegates, compared with 66 for Ohio and 50 for Florida, but it gets far less attention in the political realm than the other two key general election battlegrounds. Expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming weeks. On March 20, Illinois holds its primary, making it far and away the biggest primary prize in the month following Super Tuesday. Only Missouri – with 52 delegates – and Alabama and Louisiana – with 50 and 46 respectively – even approach the mathematical importance of Illinois.

Twitter Hearts Santorum – More than 40,000 tweets — or about 8 percent of all the Super Tuesday related tweets sent out from 6 a.m. Tuesday through 6 a.m. Wednesday — mentioned Santorum and were fired off between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET during his speech, setting a 2012 election record for the highest spike in Twitter mentions of any GOP candidate, according to analyses by Twitter and the media analytics company Blue Fin Labs. http://abcn.ws/x4nIKe

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton Honor 10 Female Heroeshttp://abcn.ws/wJrCcu

Obama Talks With His Mouth Fullhttp://abcn.ws/ya5tMP

Delegate Bargaining Chips – Mitt Romney might seem like the eventual nominee, but Rick Santorum could have some leverage by the time the party’s convention rolls around in August. How does “running mate” sound? It is unlikely, but if he’s able to stay competitive for the next three months of voting, Santorum could be in a position to make a deal with Romney to join forces on the ticket, even though the two men have been beating one another up since last month.  http://abcn.ws/wkUJ9b

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