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Inside the Beltway
Question of the Day
— Lucianne Goldberg, founder of Lucianne.com, on news coverage of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
PASS THE HAT
If history is an indicator, Republican presidential hopefuls may not match President Obama’s campaign war chest as 2012 looms, some say. A timid, squeaky exploratory committee may not cut it. It’s all in the math.
As he was entering the White House fray four years ago, Mr. Obama raised $59 million for his presidential campaign during the first half of 2007 alone, says Bloomberg News correspondent Jonathan D. Salant. To match that, prospective Republican challengers to his re-election would need to take in roughly $590,000 a day until June 30 if they entered the race today.
Inside the Beltway does more elementary and most likely questionable ciphering to reveal that translates to $24,583 an hour, $409 a minute and almost $7 a second.
“It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the Republicans to raise as much money as Obama,” says former Republican National Committee finance chairman Al Hoffman.
“Even so, that doesn’t mean the Republicans can’t mitigate an Obama funding advantage. Independent outside groups, such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads that helped the party win control of the U.S. House in 2010, are preparing for 2012. And prospective candidates are lining up major fundraisers and preparing efforts to attract small donors,” Mr. Salant observes.
POLL DU JOUR
• 53 percent of likely voters favor a repeal of the health care reform law, 42 percent oppose a repeal.
• 79 percent of Republicans favor a repeal, 72 percent of Democrats oppose it.
• 50 percent overall say it is likely a repeal could take place, 37 percent say it is unlikely.
• 69 percent of Republicans agree, 52 percent of Democrats disagree.
• 43 percent overall say a repeal would be “good for the economy.”
• 34 percent say the health care reform plan will be “good for the country.”
Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 likely voters conducted March 18 and 19.
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