President Barack Obama’s backing of gay marriage poses potential political challenges for him in many of the states that may decide this year’s election, though his move is “the right thing to do,” said strategist Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to President George W. Bush.
When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a May fundraiser that 47 percent of Americans depend on the federal government for assistance, he was understating his case. It’s closer to 100 percent.
Mitt Romney likes Arizona’s law mandating that employers verify workers’ immigration status so much that he’d push to make it national. Rick Santorum has suggested he’d be willing to split up families if some members are in the U.S. illegally. Both want tougher border security.
In March 2004, as Massachusetts Senator John Kerry emerged as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, then-President George W. Bush was ready to strike, dropping $40 million on ads that mostly attacked his opponent on defense spending, terrorism and taxes.
Rick Perry , the longest-serving Texas governor, said the U.S. needs to return to principles of low taxes, reduced spending and less regulation to end “economic misery,” in remarks to New York Republicans.