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“Elect a true fiscal conservative,”says Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, a feisty political action committee that now endorses Mr. Sanford. “He has a proven and battle-tested record of reining in out-of-control spending and lowering taxes so that the economy can grow.”

She adds, “While Elizabeth Colbert Busch attempts to portray herself as a moderate who wants to rein in spending and give lip service to attacking Obamacare, we know this is not the case. As the old saying goes, ‘You are who you surround yourself with.’ In the case of Colbert Busch, that is Nancy Pelosi, big labor and progressive super PACs. These friends have poured in over $1 million in support.”

THE MEDIA MEA CULPA

Well, it’s behind him. Former Newsweek/Daily Beast media analyst Howard Kurtz — “fired” from his high-profile perch last week after an erroneous report on NBA player Jason Collins‘ decision to reveal he is gay — took to “Reliable Sources” to make things right with the public on Sunday.

Mr. Kurtz, who has hosted the CNN weekend show since 1998, offered a mea culpa with a caveat. Was he on the hot seat? No, it was more of a tepid seat.

“I view credibility and trust as something you have to earn day after day. I’d like to think that I built up a big store of credibility. When you get something wrong, when you are too quick to say something without adequately checking, then you lose a little bit of that credibility. I have thought about this very deeply, that I am determined to learn from it. But I would like it be viewed in the full context of my career,” Mr. Kurtz said.

“And just one more thing. This is not a ritual for me, where you come on camera and say you’re sorry and hope to move on. I am truly sorry about what happened. I believe deeply in good journalism and fair journalism, and I’m determined to learn from this episode and minimize the chances of anything like this happening again.”

POLL DU JOUR

50 percent of U.S. voters say that Congress should pass new laws “to protect the public from gun violence.

24 percent of Republicans, 48 percent of independents and 73 percent of Democrats agree.

39 percent overall disagree; 65 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of independents and 16 percent of Democrats also disagree.

29 percent overall agree that an “armed revolution” might be necessary in the next few years to “protect our liberties.”

44 percent of Republicans, 27 percent of independents and 18 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall disagree that an armed revolution is necessary.

31 percent of Republicans, 45 percent of independents and 61 percent of Democrats also disagree.

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