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Tuesday's campaign round-up

03/13/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* The newly-released New York Times/CBS News poll shows President Obama's approval rating down sharply over the last month, but he still leads each of the Republican presidential hopefuls in head-to-head match-ups. Of particular interest: Obama leads Mitt Romney by eight points among self-identified independents.* It's a little late in the game, but Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) threw his support to Rick Santorum's presidential campaign today. read more

Santorum for VP? Romney doesn't think so

03/13/12 11:20AM

Tim Noah argued last week that Rick Santorum is the likely pick for the number-two slot on the Republican presidential ticket, a prediction that Dave Weigel endorsed soon after. With this in mind, it was noteworthy when Mitt Romney addressed the possibility during a Fox News interview yesterday.Note that host Neil Cavuto didn't bring up Santorum's name; Romney did. Asked about running mates, the former governor said:"I find it interesting that continues to describe himself as the real conservative"? read more

Limbaugh's pain, Huckabee's gain?

Limbaugh's pain, Huckabee's gain?

03/13/12 10:46AM

With Rush Limbaugh facing an advertiser exodus, the Republican radio host didn't need another round of bad news. Last night, Judd Legum presented some reports that Premiere Networks, which syndicates the Rush Limbaugh show, told its affiliate radio stations that they are suspending national advertising for two weeks. Rush Limbaugh is normally provided to affiliates in exchange for running several minutes of national advertisements provided by Premiere each hour. read more

Rubio gets ready for his closeup.

Rubio preps for national spotlight

03/13/12 10:09AM

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has been a senator for about a year now, and as Rachel explained in a recent segment, he's "done essentially nothing in federal politics at all." The sum total of his legislative accomplishments? A resolution designating September 2011 as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month.Rachel added that the Florida Republican "is not a particularly serious guy in terms of what he has done in his Senate life or even as a Senate candidate." That's clearly true. read more

Don't believe the 'away game' hype

Don't believe the 'away game' hype

03/13/12 09:20AM

In a classic example of expectations management, Mitt Romney talked to an Alabama radio station last week about his efforts to compete in the Deep South, downplaying his chances. "I realize it's a bit of an away game," the former Massachusetts governor said.It's a nice trick the Republican presidential hopeful is trying to pull off: if he comes up short today in Alabama and Mississippi, it's not supposed to matter too much since this isn't Romney's neck of the woods. read more

Florida congressman joins 'birther' brigade

03/13/12 08:35AM

Nearly a full year after the White House released President Obama's "long-form" birth certificate, I'd hoped even the most ridiculous members of Congress would realize the "birther" garbage is a dead end.Alas, Scott Keyes posted this video yesterday from Rep. Cliff Stearns' (R) recent town-hall meeting in his Florida district.For those who can't watch clips online, the Republican congressman heard from a misguided constituent who wants to see the president impeached because he falsely believes Obama wasn't born in the United States. read more

Maybe Romney should just steer clear of conversations about sports.

Romney fumbles with NFL answer

03/13/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney called in to a popular sports talk show in Alabama yesterday, a day ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary. As interviews go, this seemed like a fairly easy one -- it was unlikely the host, Paul Finebaum, would press the former governor for an explanation about his support for health care mandates.Indeed, it's not like Romney would go on the show, repeat his mistake from two weeks ago, and talk about being friends with millionaire team owners again, right? Wrong.t one point, Mr. Finebaum asked Mr. read more

Morning Maddow: March 13

03/13/12 07:47AM

Afghan officials attacked at U.S. killing spree site.The federal government takes money away from Texas because of the assault on Planned Parenthood.Wisconsin's Assembly votes today on "forced abortions."Today's "Doonesbury" strip.DADT repeal 6 months later: all's well, nothing to see here.The Santorum cocktail.Is space bad for the eyes? read more

The end is Newt?

The end is Newt?

03/12/12 08:00PM

Rachel Maddow ponders the fate of Newt Gingrich should he fail to win either the Alabama or Mississippi primary, and questions his sincerity when he insists... watch