- - Wednesday, June 22, 2011


2012 theme: Obama made things worse

Republicans seem to have settled informally on a message for 2012: President Obama made it worse.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney used that line of attack in a well-received dig during last week’s GOP debate in New Hampshire. And on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he sees that being the overriding message headed into next year.

“If the presidential election were today, I think our theme would be: He made it worse,’ ” Mr. McConnell told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

In last week’s debate Mr. Romney said the president “didn’t cause the recession, but he made it worse and caused it to last longer.”

The argument seems to acknowledge that the problems began under President George W. Bush, and voters punished the GOP in 2006 and again in 2008.


Perry schedules speech in strategic primary state

AUSTIN | Texas Gov. Rick Perry has added a second early presidential nominating state to his travel schedule.

The Republican governor who is considering a White House bid has agreed to be in New Hampshire Oct. 28 to speak to the conservative Cornerstone Action Group.

Mr. Perry earlier this week scheduled at trip to South Carolina to deliver an Aug. 13 speech to a conservative blogger conference.

New Hampshire’s February primary is one of the first nominating contests in the presidential race, along with Iowa and South Carolina. Candidates traditionally spend a lot of time visiting the states to make connections with voters and party leaders.


Huntsman files paperwork to run in state’s primary

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