Romney’s Rate History, Politics and the Olympics, McCain and Cheney and Palin and Torture (PM Note)

Jul 30, 2012 6:14pm

From Carter in 1980 to Romney and Obama in 2012 – Politics and Olympics – Imagine Carter’s boycott today! And recall Reagan was on both sides  of the boycott that year – http://abcn.ws/NReWdw

Rate History - Mitt Romney suggested to David Muir over the weekend he’d be “happy to look into” whether he ever paid lower than a 13.9 percent tax rate. Not release the tax returns, but tell us if he ever paid a lower tax rate.

But the campaign hasn’t done it yet. And that audit he mentioned to Muir likely occurred more than a decade ago.

“Mitt Romney has paid his taxes in full compliance with U.S. law, and he has paid 100 percent of what he has owed,” said Gail Gitcho in a statement to ABC News.

“As has previously been reported, in 2011, the Romneys will pay more than $3.2 million in taxes on $20.9 million in mostly investment income and will have donated more than $4 million to charity. In 2010, The Romneys paid more than $3 million in taxes on $21.6 million in mostly investment income and donated nearly $3 million to charity.”

More on all of that here – http://abcn.ws/OEhqgn

Who Likes Mitt? Kristi Yamaguchi - http://abcn.ws/QZAnwh (Amy Bingham)
…and Lech Walesahttp://abcn.ws/N6Wpa
Who Doesn’t Like Mitt Today? Palestinian Officials - http://abcn.ws/N6WDi5

Cultural Differences – Mitt Romney’s suggestion that cultural differences between Israel and Palestine contribute to their disparate economies drew howls of frustration from Palestinian leaders and a subtle rebuke from the White House Monday, the latest potential gaffe in a foreign trip that was supposed to bolster the GOP candidate’s bona fides as a statesman.

Romney touched down on Monday in Poland, where he got a surprise endorsement from the labor leader Lech Walesa, who wished him “success.” But it was the comments Romney made at a Jerusalem fundraiser that drew the most attention Monday. http://abcn.ws/OxVrFO

Mitt’s Travelogue - More on the journey into Poland, the Lech Walesa endorsement and the Ron Paul supporters who greeted Romney – http://abcn.ws/N6Wpa

Speaking of Europe – Scott Brown’s Ad About America Partially Shot in Europehttp://abcn.ws/QrVh8a

Walesa Endorsement a Symptom of Obama’s Polish Problem -  From Devin Dwyer – “This is a powerful statement on Polish relations with the U.S. right now,” Alex Storozynski, president of the Kosciuszko Foundation, a nonpartisan Polish educational and cultural group, said of the Walesa endorsement.  “Poles in Poland are frustrated with the Obama administration.”

Tops among the frustrations is an unfulfilled Obama promise from 2008 to add Poland to a list of visa waiver countries, a move that would allow freer flow of travel to and from the U.S. for families, business people and tourists.  Some Poles are also miffed by Obama’s “reset” policy with Russia, a longtime Polish nemesis, and his backing away from a George W. Bush-era missile defense plan which had included protection of Poland.  “They had courageously agreed to provide sites for our anti-missile systems, only to be told, at the last hour, that the agreement was off. As part of the so-called reset in policy, missile defenses were sacrificed as a unilateral concession to the Russian government,” Romney said of the Poles at the VFW convention in Reno last week. President Obama also recently raised the ire of Poles and Polish-Americans when he referred to “a Polish death camp” — as opposed to a Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland – during remarks at the White House in May. The gaffe drew swift and stern public rebukes from Polish leaders that later led to a letter of regret from Obama to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski. http://abcn.ws/NEEYDg
Asked About Palin ‘Mistake,’ McCain Says He and Cheney Also Disagreed on Torture - http://abcn.ws/Nfdnms
Rewind – Dick Cheney Defends the Bush Legacy to Jon Karl - http://abcn.ws/OtZczt
Will Go Fishing Instead of to the GOP Conventionhttp://abcn.ws/PgoZpu
All the Cheney Sound - http://abcn.ws/OtGxnp

Palin Cuts Ad for Sarah Steelman in MOhttp://abcn.ws/MuPXea

How Ann Romney’s Horse Could Decide VP Announcement Date- The success of Ann Romney’s dressage horse, Rafalca, in the London Olympics could determine when Mitt Romney announces his running mate. Why? Ann Romney won’t return to the states if her horse is doing well in the competition – From Emily Friedman: “The candidate is unlikely to announce his running mate – unarguably one of the most important moments of his campaign – without his wife, whom he often refers to as his “sweetheart,” by his side.” http://abcn.ws/R0uNK6

Someone will soon do something funny comparing Rafalca to Paul the Octopus.

McConnell’s New Media Order - Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls – Senate Minority Leader argues news in the age of Twitter is somehow more fair and balanced. He spoke to BuzzFeed, which points out he had tweeted his plans for the interview earlier in the day from his iPad.

“To the extent that there isn’t media domination like there was in the days NBC, ABC, CBS the New York Times, the Washington Post, particularly since most people on my side of the aisle feel they had a pretty obvious bias … those days are over,” he said. “I kind of like this new environment. I think it’s much more competitive, much more balanced.”

Happy Birthday, Medicare – Signed into law 45 years ago today. How come that took one year to enact but Obamacare takes four? – http://abcn.ws/QOehID

Bill Clinton Gets Primetime Role at Dem Convention - Former president Bill Clinton will assume a high-profile role at the Democratic National Convention in September, including a prime-time address in a slot typically reserved for an incumbent vice president. http://abcn.ws/Mucjg4 (Devin Dwyer)

Democrats Poised to Include Same-Sex Marriage in Party Platform - Democrats are poised to include support for same-sex marriage in the party’s platform of official policy positions when they meet at the national convention in September, sources told ABC News. http://abcn.ws/LZd4Rh (Devin Dwyer)

The Most Interesting Boring Man in the World-  Rob Portman and Lethal Weapon 2 - The Mel Gibson strait jacket scene saved his life – http://yhoo.it/PdPtbu (Y!’s Moody)
Restorer of Model Tshttp://abcn.ws/NRcqUy

Palin, Santorum and Dewhurst Stand by Chick-fil-A, Which Mayor Dubs ‘Hate Chicken’ - Chick-fil-A has worn out its welcome with the mayors of Boston, San Francisco and Chicago, but some Texas politicians are more than ready to welcome the controversial restaurant chain with their Southern hospitality. http://abcn.ws/OxSPaV

Ethanol Waiver Sought Amid Drought - Groups representing the livestock and poultry industry are petitioning the Obama administration to waive requirements for gasoline refineries to blend ethanol into their fuel production for one year. http://abcn.ws/T159U2 (Matthew Larotonda)

Veep Beat: VP Possibles Stump For Romney Through Weekend - Portman ‘Feels the Pressure’ to Deliver Ohio: Campaigning in Ohio on Saturday, Portman said he sees an added pressure in bringing Romney a win in his home state of Ohio, NBC News’ Andrew Rafferty reported. http://abcn.ws/MOsWrj (Arlette Saenz)

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