Each week in the Friday Roundup, Riding the Tiger takes a look at the major news stories of the week involving the presidential election of 2012.
Vox Populi. Pressure is building for President Obama to do something more for Latino voters as his policies have produced few gains for them. The administration attempted to respond today with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announcement that the Obama administration will block deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants who had been brought to the country as children. Jeb Bush said that Mitt Romney needs broader ideas on immigration if he is going to appeal to Hispanic voters.
According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, 43 percent of voters expressed a favorable impression of President Obama’s plan for the economy, while 37 percent say the same of Romney.
According to a new poll by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, global approval of President Obama’s policies has declined significantly. Except among Americans and Indians, there is considerable opposition to the Obama administration’s use of drones.
Jonathan Bernstein debunked five myths about swing states.
It’s the economy, stupid! President Obama delivered a major address in Ohio on economy telling voters, “This November is your chance to render a verdict on the debate over how to grow the economy, how to create good jobs, how to pay down our deficit.” Romney sought to frame the president’s speech in his own address on the economy, telling voters not to “forget he’s been president for 3 ½ years, and talk is cheap. Actions speak very loud.” The RNC also hit back with this video.
Why is Romney out-fundraising the Obama campaign? Michael Kranish, who spoke at a Miller Center Forum this spring on “The Real Romney,” argued that Romney is the king of Super PACs. At the same time, Romney has also portrayed himself as a campaign finance reformer, saying, “Campaign finance law has made a mockery of our political campaign season. We really ought to let campaigns raise the money they need and just get rid of these super PACs.” In related news, Sheldon Adelson is giving $10 million to the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future and said future donations could be “limitless.” Adelson told Forbes, “I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections. But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it.” Newt Gingrich told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that “the current [elections] system is rigged, frankly, in favor of the wealthy.” Meanwhile, President Obama has been focusing on star-studded fundraisers.
Ad Wars. Priorities USA and the Service Employees International Union teamed up to launch a $4-million, three-state, Spanish ad campaign that targets Latino voters and features Romney gaffes on the economy and employment. It is also airing ads attacking Romney’s record at Bain. Romney’s campaign launched a $3.3 million ad campaign in seven battleground states.
VEEPwatch. Joel K. Goldstein debunked myths about veep selection. Rebecca Kaplan argued that Romney’s choice could be used to boost fundraising and analyzes the money potential each of the potential veeps might bring to the campaign. Rick Santorum said he would answer the call to serve as number two, but is not enthusiastic about Senator Marco Rubio as a vice president. Although Jeb Bush has repeatedly said he’s not interested, his son, George P. Bush, said that if called upon, his father would serve. Potential veeps Senators Rob Portman and Kelly Ayotte will join Romney on a bus tour in Ohio and New Hampshire, respectively, and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan will campaign with the candidate in his hometown of Janesville.
Healthcare. At a campaign stop in Orlando, Romney outlined his vision for a “consumer market” as an alternative to Obama’s healthcare plan. Just about everyone is weighing in on when SCOTUS will hand down the healthcare and immigration decisions what the implications of the decisions will be for politics and the Court.
Partisanship. Jeb Bush said that Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush would have a hard time getting nominated by the current Republican Party and they would struggle with “an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement.” He later clarified what he meant in four tweets. James Bopp Jr., a prominent conservative lawyer and the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, is among those tasked with writing the GOP platform. Bopp is using his expertise to advise FreedomWorks, an advocacy organization associated with the Tea Party, on how to shape the GOP’s platform. Democratic strategist and pollster Mark Mellman opines in The Hill that democratic dysfunction begins with the parties.
Potpourri. Romney’s education plan, presented in a May 23rd speech to the Chamber of Commerce, is “a broad overhaul of current policy, one that reverses a quarter-century trend, under Republican and Democratic presidents, of concentrating responsibility for school quality at the federal level,” according to Trip Gabriel. Jonathan Bernstein opined about fancy dancing on same-sex marriage.
Miller Center Director of Democracy and Governance Studies Sidney M. Milkis argued this week that the 1912 election was transformative. It initiated important changes that redefined the meaning and practice of self-government in the United States away from representative institutions and toward a pure democracy.
The Miller Center announced David Casalaspi, a rising fourth-year history student, as the recipient of the fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award. Casalaspi will examine the effects of cheating scandals on federal education policymaking between 1988 and 2002. Guian McKee, associate professor of public policy in the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program and at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, will serve as his faculty advisor.