President Barack Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and warned he’ll use executive powers to get his way on issues from climate change to manufacturing if Congress doesn’t act, laying out an assertive second-term agenda sure to provoke Republicans.
Mitt Romney, seeking to contain the political damage from the release of secretly recorded remarks to donors in which he dismissed 47 percent of Americans as government-dependent “victims,” said those comments reflect “a message I am carrying day in and day out” in his campaign.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, interviewed at a Bloomberg/Washington Post breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, took issue with his party’s immigration platform, saying that tough policies are costing Republicans elections and presidential nominee Mitt Romney can help bridge a “gap” among Hispanic voters if he shares more of his personal story and beliefs.
Republican presidential candidates promised to deliver the leadership that Washington needs to overcome congressional gridlock as they pitched their plans for jobs and taxes and called for the removal of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during a debate tonight at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Participating in the event, sponsored by Bloomberg News and the Washington Post, were former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney; Texas Governor Rick Perry; former pizza magnate Herman Cain; Michele Bachmann, a Minnesota congresswoman; Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker; Ron Paul, a Texas representative; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman. Moderators of the debate included PBS talk show host Charlie Rose, Bloomberg reporter
The attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya became a flashpoint in the American presidential race, as Republican nominee Mitt Romney drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans for chastising President Barack Obama and his administration on their response.
Mitt Romney policy director Lanhee Chen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s calls for confronting China as a currency manipulator, intellectual property thief and trade cheat are what distinguishes his economic vision from Republican orthodoxy.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman said at a Bloomberg-Washington Post breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, that the U.S. presidential debates will help Republican Mitt Romney close a likability gap with President Barack Obama.