Rubio Not Out, Romney Comfort Eats and GOP Keep Up Assault on Obama’s Immigration Rule (PM Note)

By Amber Porter

Jun 19, 2012 7:56pm

Rubio Out? Not So Fast —  Romney waits until the end of the day to deny that Marco Rubio is not being vetted for VP. “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process,” Romney said.  http://abcn.ws/Mo0tFQ

‘That’s a Clown Question, Bro.’ – Harry Reid parrots the now infamous line by Nationals player Bryce Harper http://abcn.ws/MKVoUu

Mitt Makes Pie in the Mitten - Caption today’s photo of Romney in a bakeshop kitchen http://abcn.ws/PmvM43

At the Zoo With Newt - Today on “Power Players,” Jonathan Karl takes a walk at the National Zoo with Newt Gingrich http://yhoo.it/KJnmWn

… Or Hecklers – Mitt Romney declined to commit to telling his campaign to stop heckling President Obama’s campaign, just days after the president’s strategist condemned those who had heckled the GOP candidate during his bus tour this weekend. http://abcn.ws/M0v0IL (Emily Friedman)

Veep Beat: Rubio’s Out, Now What?  – Rubio’s not the one; Ryan takes a VP tryout spin; Christie orders increase in halfway house inspection; Ayotte teaches everyone to say her name; Haley misses teen leader event http://abcn.ws/Lit9jT (Arlette Saenz)

Title IX: 40 Years Later - In 1973, 50 million Americans tuned in to ABC to witness a “battle of the sexes” tennis match: Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs. What few of us knew on that September day was that for King, the tennis match was more about “social change” than anything else. http://abcn.ws/MczMS6

Gabby Giffords’ Successor - Ron Barber, the former staffer to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who was also wounded during the Arizona shooting Jan. 8, 2011, took the oath of office today and his place in the House of Representatives, closing another chapter in the “Tragedy in Tucson.” http://abcn.ws/Kivas8

Obama Polls Strong Among Latinos Since Changing Deportation Rules - President Obama’s announcement last Friday that his administration would not seek to deport up to 800,000 children of illegal immigrants has gone over predictably well with Latinos — and with voters overall. Sixty-four percent of likely voters agree with Obama’s policy, while  30 percent disagree, according to a new Bloomberg poll released Tuesday. http://abcn.ws/Mn5ZIw (Matthew Jaffe)

But on the other hand ….

Romney Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Shore Up’ Latino Base - Mitt Romney accused President Obama of instituting his new immigration plan in an attempt to “shore up his base with Latino voters,” adding that to a “certain degree” the president succeeded in changing the focus to immigration after his “private sector is doing fine” gaffe.   http://abcn.ws/M0vJtA (Emily Friedman)

Boehner Not Buying It – House Speaker John Boehner today took direct aim at the president’s immigration announcement as he questioned the constitutionality of his decision to stop deporting and begin granting work permits to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants. Boehner said President Obama made the announcement because the president “can’t talk about his economic policies.”  http://abcn.ws/Mbys1Z  (John Parkinson)

But the Dems Bite Back - Criticize the GOP refusal to outline their own immigration policy. http://abcn.ws/NNGHW8

Chicken, Noodles Delight Romneys in Michigan Homecoming - Mitt and Ann Romney are ending their five-state bus tour in a sweet spot — their home state of Michigan — and spent part of an early morning rally gushing over the best attributes of the Wolverine State: chicken and noodles. http://abcn.ws/MKz11n (Emily Friedman)

House Dems Raise More Cash Than GOP In May- The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the group that oversees Democratic House races — slightly out-raised their Republican counterparts, the National Republican Congressional Committee for the month of May, according to figures released by both committees. http://abcn.ws/M07ADq (Elizabeth Hartfield)

Road Warriors: The Romney Campaign’s Hunt for Headlines – On the second-to-last day of Mitt Romney’s bus tour through six swing states, The Note asked campaign strategist Stuart Stevens how Team Romney would gauge the success of the five-day roadshow. Stevens said it all came down to one simple question: “Is what you are saying resonating with people?” http://abcn.ws/LvSacz (Michael Falcone & Amy Walter)

JONATHAN KARL’S ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Marco Rubio Not Being Vetted to Be Mitt Romney’s Running Mate - Even before the Republicans chose a presidential nominee it was widely assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would be at the top of anybody’s list of vice presidential candidates. The reasons are obvious: Not only is he young, charismatic and wildly popular with conservatives, but he could also help Republicans win a key state (Florida) and make inroads with Hispanics. http://abcn.ws/NdtEMi

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