Have Voters Given Up on Politicians to Fix the Economy, Stupid? – Matthew Dowd – “I am beginning to get the feeling that voters are shrugging their shoulders about politicians, no longer believing they can fix the economic problems. They’ve reset their expectations about how political leaders can change the dynamic… They also feel that politicians making typical promises about how they are going to fix things are not realistic or to be trusted. The public seems increasingly to want to be told the truth and what to really expect. They don’t want to be sold some happy story with slogans and talking points, but instead given a real sense of where we are and what our future looks like. It seems that voters want to be included in the conversation, and asked to be part of the solution. And they think the leadership solution is a much more local one in their communities and neighborhoods.” – http://abcn.ws/L62yaH
More on the Jobs report below…
ABC Interviews Mexico’s President-Elect, Enrique Pena Nieto -As he prepares to take over a country rife with violence and plagued by drug wars, Mexico’s president-elect Enrique Pena Nieto is promising to focus first and foremost on making the streets of his nation safer. http://abcn.ws/Ntdhcp (Cecilia Vega and Matthew Jaffe)
McCotter Resigns - “After nearly 26 years in elected office, this past nightmarish month and a half have, for the first time, severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family. As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave. ”
Race to 270 - Updated race ratings from Amy Walter, including her take on the Wisconsin question – Obama has 196 solid and 51 leans. Romney has 191 solid.
Analysis - http://abcn.ws/PrvxZ9
Map – http://abcn.ws/LTMjwT
Amy Walter – “Of the 100 electoral votes that we consider toss-ups, over half (57) are from fast-growing states that are demographically diverse — such as Nevada, Colorado, Virginia and North Carolina. That should help Obama, who continues to poll well among Latino and African-American voters. Of those toss-ups, North Carolina will be the toughest for Obama to hold, while Colorado and Virginia will probably be the toughest for Romney to pick up.
Issues that Matter – Vacation 2012 – http://abcn.ws/M0DWuU
If Elected, Mitt Romney Promises More American Vacations – “You know I’m delighted to be able to take a vacation with my family. I think all Americans appreciate the memories they have with their children and their grandchildren. I hope more Americans are able to take vacations. And if I’m president of the United States I’m going to work very hard to make sure we have good jobs for all Americans who want good jobs and as part of a good job the capacity to take a vacation now and then with their loved ones.”
From Campaign Tour on Private Bus, Obama Reminisces About Greyhound – Meanwhile, Barack Obama, who rides around in an all black bus with tinted windows, waxed on about his favorite ever vacation, which occurred on a Greyhound. Note the not-so-subtle dig on fancy vacations like, say, at the lake with your speedboat. (No offense to Hawaii or Martha’s Vineyard intended, we’re sure.) This weekend he’ll be at Camp David.
Obama – “And maybe you took a vacation every once in a while. And it wasn’t necessarily some fancy vacation at some fancy resort. Best vacation I ever had when I was a kid was we — we — my grandmother and my mom and my sister, we traveled around the country on Greyhound buses and on trains, and we stayed at Howard Johnson’s, and you know, you — I was 11, and so if there was any kind of swimming pool — (laughter) — it didn’t matter how big it was — (laughter) — right? You’d spend the whole day there, and then, you know, you’re real excited to go to where the vending machine was and the ice machine — (laughter) — and — and get the ice, and that was like a big deal. (Laughter.) And you’d just see the sights and — and stop by a diner someplace.” – http://abcn.ws/M0DWuU
RIP, Ann Harris. Ohio Restaurant Owner Dies Shortly After Serving Obama Eggs – http://abcn.ws/Ru7EgQ
Optical Illusions – Obama’s Beer Fest - With a Bud Light in one Hand and a Miller in the Other – Nothing is coincidence – Just like sandwiching a campaign bus tour between a China trade announcement and signing the highway bill wasn’t coincidence – http://abcn.ws/N0WAYk (Devin Dwyer)
Mandate Flip Flopper Barack Obama Jabs Mitt Romney on Mandate Flip Flop – http://abcn.ws/MaHcq5
Romney Dives Headfirst Into Lake Winnipesaukee - Morning press conference; afternoon dip – http://abcn.ws/NJkHWZ
Welcome to the Veepstakes Olympics – While American athletes have been competing for a top spot in the Olympic trials leading up to London, Republican politicians are engaged in their own version of Olympic sports. Think: Veep Trials, with the prize the opportunity to challenge President Obama and Vice President Biden in November. http://abcn.ws/MNZOz0 (Shushannah Walshe)
Christie Gets into Another Shouting Match – One week, two shouting matches, one governor of New Jersey. http://abcn.ws/LCZShq (Shushannah Walshe)
JOBS Report – A Tepid 80k - http://abcn.ws/LD9Cbr
Politicians Sound Off on June Jobs Report-Today’s jobs report brought little good news for the American economy. Unemployment is still hovering around 8.2 percent, with only 80,000 jobs created – 10,000 jobs short of economists’ projections. http://abcn.ws/NcGE4n (Meghan Kiesel)
Obama in 2004 Criticized Job Growth Under Bush-President Obama said today’s jobs numbers are a “step in the right direction,” but it’s a very different message than one Republicans are pointing to in a 2004 radio address from Barack Obama, then running for U.S. Senate from Illinois. Then he blasted President Bush on the state of the economy even though there were many more jobs created and a much lower unemployment rate.
http://abcn.ws/N3kSOk (Shushannah Walshe)
Romney Senior Advisor Kevin Madden to Become More VIsible on Campaign Trail – Romney senior campaign adviser Kevin Madden will soon be a more visible member of the candidate’s campaign staff, ABC News has learned. http://abcn.ws/LTm8pZ (Emily Friedman)
Rove-Backed Super PAC $25M Ad Buy Attacks Obama – The Karl Rove backed GOP super PAC Crossroads GPS announced Friday a new $25 million ad buy in nine battleground states launching next week. http://abcn.ws/NaWfOo (Shushannah Walshe)
Brad Pitt’s Mom Backs Mitt Romney - http://abcn.ws/MFy7Jx
Presidential Love Stories – Richard and Pat Nixon met during the auditions for a community theater production in Whittier, Calif. – http://abcn.ws/NIksvp
White House Says Employment Not Growing Fast Enough-Reacting to this morning’s jobs report, the White House said the economy is continuing to heal but that “much more remains to be done to repair the damage from the financial crisis.” http://abcn.ws/OdUGQN (Mary Bruce)
Young Politician Gets Surprise Gift from Oprah – Oprah has donated campaign dollars – and maybe some of that ‘Oprah Effect’ magic – in support of Michael Tubbs. Never heard of him? That’s okay – nobody has. http://abcn.ws/N2QNyv (Meghan Kiesel)