Exclusive Interview with Mr. & Mrs. Romney, Secret Service’s Brothel Party and a GSA Official in the Spa Tub (PM Note)

Apr 16, 2012 6:01pm

Watch Diane Sawyer’s exclusive interview with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, today at 6:30 p.m. ET on “World News With Diane Sawyer” and 11:35 p.m. ET on “Nightline.”

Let the Veepstakes Begin! Romney announced he kicked off the search for his vice president this weekend, pegging longtime advisor Beth Myers to lead the hunt.  http://abcn.ws/HO0kw5
Shortly after the interview, Myers launched her first tweet, saying “As someone who has worked in partnership with @MittRomney for years, I am honored to lead his search for a VP. #Mitt2012http://bit.ly/IrTfga

Romney Tells Obama to ‘Start Packing’ http://abcn.ws/J3alje 

Romney met Diane at Fenway, where he’s watching a game today with one lucky donor.  But it turns out he’s not the only politician who knows how to have a good time.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Got Caught Cutting Loose in Colombia this Weekend… http://abcn.ws/HXzA9W 

…but her night wasn’t as wild as some other government employees. http://abcn.ws/HXzz67 

Agents Party at the Pley Club: The Secret Service personnel relieved of duty for misconduct in Colombia were partying at a Cartagena brothel called the Pley Club. There was allegedly heavy drinking and prostitutes involved at the club, which boasts plush “pley rooms” on its website. http://abcn.ws/HOZxLe 

Welcome to Obamaha! This week on Political Punch, the ABC/Yahoo Power Players team tackles the question – why is Obama sending staff to Nebraska? http://yhoo.it/HNYv2d

Turning up the Heat: The Pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities Action USA is out with a television ad focusing on Romney’s wealth. The spot features an old school photo of Romney and his Bain Capital buddies with smirks and dollars coming out of their pockets. http://abcn.ws/IrHFl4

$53 Million in March: That’s how much President Obama – with the help of the DNC – raised last month. ABC News’ Devin Dwyer says it’s less than he garnered on his own in March of 2008, but it’s still far ahead of the Romney campaign this time around. http://abcn.ws/HXwDGs

Perhaps that has something to do with Romney’s lagging favorability. ABC News Pollster Gary Langer explains that coming out of primary season, Mitt has a record-breakingly low rate of personal popularity. http://abcn.ws/HXxzKT

Embarrassing Social Media Mishap of the Day: ABC News’ Jake Tapper brings you photographic evidence of how the embattled GSA regional commissioner Jeff Neely enjoyed wine and a soak in the spa tub at M Hotel during a “pre-conference” meeting. All the pics came from Neely’s wife’s Google+ page. http://abcn.ws/IrzuFw

Disagreement On the Gingrich Front: ABC’s Elicia Dover reports a student reporter at the University of North Carolina accused Newt Gingrich of storming out of an interview before he could get out his first question this afternoon. The Gingrich campaign, however, denies these allegations, saying the reporter did not wait for the private interview and instead yelled questions from the general press gaggle. http://abcn.ws/IrV2Sc

Another One Bites the Dust – From John Parkinson: Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., is the 15th House Democrat to announce he will not run for reelection at the end of this cycle. http://abcn.ws/IryJvX

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