- - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Romney talks positive about voice of tea party

MERRIMACKMitt Romney says the tea party is good for Washington.

The Republican presidential contender made his comments as the Democratic Party tries to cast all GOP hopefuls under one tea party banner.

Mr. Romney tried to walk a fine line while attempting to appeal to his party’s conservative base and moderates during a campaign event at Stanley Elevator in New Hampshire. He made positive comments about the tea party movement, which largely opposed any compromise with Democrats in the recent debt ceiling debate. Mr. Romney said the tea party has rightly helped change the agenda in Washington.

He also said political leaders need to try harder to work together and spoke about his cooperation with Democrats while Massachusetts governor, pledging to respect and regularly engage with Democrats if elected.

NEW YORK

Books to analyze Texas Gov. Perry

NEW YORKRick Perry has the book world’s attention.

The Texas governor and recently declared GOP presidential candidate is the subject of new book by James C. Moore, co-author of the anti-George W. Bush best-seller “Bush’s Brain,” and Texas political consultant Jason Stanford.

Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Co., announced Tuesday that “Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush” is scheduled for early 2012.

According to Metropolitan, the authors have “deep contacts with numerous operatives in the Perry campaign” and will present the governor as an “ideologue with scant interest or success in governing.”

The book’s title comes from remarks Mr. Perry made in 2005 after a television interview with a Houston reporter. Mr. Perry, who later apologized, said he was unaware the microphone was still activated.

Also Tuesday, Crown Publishing Group announced that an e-book about the governor will be released next week. “Rick Perry and His Eggheads,” by Sasha Issenberg, is an inside account of Mr. Perry’s successful 2006 re-election campaign and the academics who analyzed it. The e-book is based on Mr. Issenberg’s “The Victory Lab,” due in the fall of 2012.

Meanwhile, a book by Mr. Perry received a sales bump after he announced his candidacy Saturday.

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