PM Note: Romney at Latino Form, ‘Obviously Inarticulate,’ The Popular Vote, Who is Winning the Presidential Decathlon?

Sep 19, 2012 6:41pm

Tune in to Univision’s website to live stream their forum with Mitt Romney at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Watch it here –
Keep track on the live blog with Univision’s English language reporters –

Primer – Obama vs. Romney on Immigration (They agree on virtually nothing) –

Rubio Defends Romney’s Joking Wish That he Was Latino

Tom Coburn is Depressed. He has shaved his beard, but the Oklahoman said today it’s hard to get out of bed and come to work because things are so broken.  (Sunlen Miller)

Battleground Polls: Could Obama Lose the Popular Vote but Win the Election?-George W. Bush did it in 2000. So did John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes and Benjamin Harrison. Could President Obama be next? It’s not often that a presidential candidate wins the election while losing the popular vote, but polling suggests it could happen again in 2012 if the race tightens just a bit. (Chris Good)

Some headlines to note:
1. CBO says 6 million will pay the fine John Roberts dubbed a tax instead of buying health insurance.

From the AP – “The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are significantly higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected. The difference — 2 million people— represents a 50 percent increase. That’s still only a sliver of the population, given that more than 150 million people currently are covered by employer plans. Nonetheless, in his first campaign for the White House, Obama pledged not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 a year and couples making less than $250,000.”

2. Fast and Furious – 2 Top DOJ officials Out, 14 Recommended for Discipline –

Dowd – In the Presidential Decathlon, Obama is Winning – Matthew Dowd suggests we’re about 5 moments into a 10 moment contest. And Romney needs to win or draw in all the rest –

Romney’s New Line - It’s not about who LIKES the poor. It’s about who can help them -  From Emily Friedman: A fiery Mitt Romney addressed supporters in Atlanta -

“The question of this campaign is not who cares about the poor and the middle class,” said Romney during a fundraising event at an Atlanta hotel.

“I do. He does,” Romney continued, a reference to himself and to President Obama.

“The question is who can help the poor and the middle class,” he said. “I can. He can’t.”

Romney has not backed away from the comments he made at the fundraiser, saying it’s a message he will continue to carry forth, turning it into a talking point on the campaign trail.

“Do you believe in a government centered society that provides more and more benefits or do you believe instead in a free enterprise society where people are able to pursue their dreams. I believe the latter will help more people get good jobs.”

‘Obviously Inarticulate’ - That’s how his running mate described Romney’s words about the 47 percent. Our complete roundup here –

Republicans Publicly Disagreeing with Romney? – Scott Brown, with whom he has shared consultants, Suanna Martinez, Dean Heller and Linda McMahon. Add in Gov. Christie.

Reid Says Maybe Romney is Part of 47 Percent –  (Sunlen Miller)

Paul Ryan Led the Charge to Focus Attention on Obama’s 14 Year-old Redistribution Comments – (Shushannah Walshe and John Parkinson)

Marco Rubio Stars in Mitt Romney Ad Airing in Florida-Sen. Marco Rubio spoke up for Mitt Romney onstage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, and he’s doing it again on TV airwaves. (Chris Good)

Newt Gingrich Fundraising For Todd Akin Monday-Newt Gingrich will be in St. Louis on Monday fundraising for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, a source close to the former House speaker confirmed. (Elicia Dover)

RNC Raises $35 Million, Breaks August Fundraising Record-The Republican National Committee raised more than $35.6 million in August, marking the best August on record for the RNC, a spokesperson with the committee confirms to ABC News. (Shushannah Walshe)

Chick-Fil-A Re-Evaluates Funding for Anti-Gay Marriage Groups – A Chicago lawmaker says that Chick-fil-A is re-evaluating the multimillion-dollar donations the company gives to anti-gay marriage activists and other groups with “political agendas,” a month after company CEO Dan Cathy’s pro-traditional marriage comments created a firestorm in the fast-food world between LGBT supporters and gay-marriage opponents.  (Amy Bingham)

The Attack on Benghazi and the Hatch Act — Today’s Q’s for O’s WH — 9/19/2012-TAPPER: In the wake of the attacks in Benghazi, the Pentagon and the State Department both made statements they then had to correct, the Pentagon involving whether or not there were Marines at the embassy in Tripoli — there were not — and the State Department regarding the presence of security firms at the Benghazi compound. Why was there such confusion? And is the White House or anyone conducting any sort of internal investigation into what went wrong?  (Jake Tapper)


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