The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones

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The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones

By Sterling C. Beard 
and Mario Trujillo – 09/20/12 06:00 AM ET

A handful of Republican lawmakers are declining to endorse Mitt Romney for president.

The main holdouts are Reps. Ron Paul (Texas), Walter Jones (N.C.) and Justin Amash (Mich.). Both Jones and Amash endorsed Paul’s 2012 bid for the White House.

All three legislators have clear differences with Romney’s policy on the war in Afghanistan, wanting troops to come home now, as opposed to 2014.

One other GOP congressman, Rep. Morgan Griffith (Va.), supports Romney, but has stopped short of endorsing him.

Griffith’s campaign manager said the lawmaker doesn’t endorse as a matter of principle and instead lets the voters decide. Continue reading “The GOP lawmakers who won’t endorse Romney include Reps. Paul, Jones”

Republicans sounding the alarm

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 TOP STORY: Republicans sounding the alarm

Mitt Romney‘s comments at a private fundraiser, revealed Monday night when Mother Jones magazine released a secret video of the event, are alarming a number of Republican strategists, some of whom are worried that the fallout could deal a body blow to the GOP nominee’s already struggling campaign.

“It’s a kidney shot because it reveals a very cynical view,” Mark McKinnon, who served as a top strategist to former President George W. Bush, told The Hill. “He’s pushing independent voters out the door.”

Several GOP political strategists were as harsh in their criticism of Romney as McKinnon, though they asked that their names be withheld to speak candidly about their party’s nominee.

These strategists said the video reinforced perceptions that Romney was an uncaring, out-of-touch millionaire. They also worried the fallout would cost him a crucial week of messaging as he struggles to close a narrow gap in the polls with President Obama.

“Couldn’t come at a worse time,” one Republican strategist told The Hill Monday night. “I hope the [Romney campaign communications] team in Boston doesn’t have any sharp objects nearby.” Continue reading “Republicans sounding the alarm”

Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin

By Meghashyam Mali – 09/09/12 06:19 AM ET

Mitt Romney‘s campaign on Sunday unveiled its first television ad for Wisconsin, targeting President Obama on the economy.

The ad is the latest in a series titled “A better future” which are set to air in key battleground states.

The video opens with a clip of Romney from his Tampa, Fla. GOP convention address.

Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin. Continue reading “Romney campaign unveils first TV ad for swing-state Wisconsin”