Political Headlines May 30, 2012: Poland Seeks Stronger Apology After President Barack Obama Misspoke with “Polish Death Camps” Comment at Presidential Medal of Freedom Ceremony

POLITICAL HEADLINES

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University. Ms. Goodman has also contributed the overviews, and chronologies in History of American Presidential Elections, 1789-2008, 4th edition, edited by Gil Troy, Fred L. Israel, and Arthur Meier Schlesinger published by Factson File, Inc. in 2011.

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: POLAND SEEKS STRONGER APOLOGY AFTER PRESIDENT OBAMA MISSPOKE WITH ‘POLISH DEATH CAMPS’ COMMENT

White House Says President Misspoke on ‘Polish Death Camp’: The explanation by the White House does not seem to satisfy outraged Polish officials…. – NYT, 5-30-12

Q On one other subject. The Polish Prime Minister says he’s not completely satisfied with the White House explanation of the President’s reference to Polish death camps. Does the President have any plans to call Prime Minister Tusk and offer an explanation?

MR. CARNEY: The President misspoke. He was referring to Nazi death camps in German-occupied Poland. And as we’ve made clear, we regret the misstatement and that simple misstatement should not at all detract from the clear intention to honor Mr. Karski, and beyond that, all those brave Polish citizens who stood on the side of human dignity in the face of tyranny.

On several occasions, including his visit last year to the Warsaw Ghetto memorial, his remarks at the Holocaust Museum just last month, and his video message at the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, President Obama has paid tribute to the terrible loss of innocent Poles in Nazi death camps during the Holocaust.

Again, we regret the misstatement, but that’s what it was. It was a misstatement, and I think it’s important to see this in the context of awarding this medal in honor of the remarkable bravery of Mr. Karski and other brave Polish citizens who stood on the side, as I said, of human dignity in the face of the 20th century’s most terrible tyranny.

  • Polish Leader Attacks Obama for Saying ‘Polish Death Camps’: On May 28 of last year, President Obama stood next to Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland in Warsaw and declared he would support new rules to help more Poles get tourist visas to the United States…. – NYT, 5-30-12
  • Poland seeking stronger apology after Obama’s ‘death camps’ remark: The Polish prime minister is demanding a “stronger, more pointed response” from President Obama after he referred to “Polish death camps” during a White House ceremony Tuesday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Wednesday…. – LAT, 5-30-12
  • Poles outraged over Obama’s words on death camps: Poland’s leaders said Wednesday they weren’t completely satisfied with a White House explanation that President Barack Obama misspoke when he referred to “Polish death camps”…. – AP, 5-30-12
  • ‘US apology for ‘death camp’ remarks insufficient’: Embassy spokesman ‘surprised’ that US leader would misidentify Nazi camps as ‘Polish’ in speech honoring resistance fighter Jan Karski… US President Barack Obama’s use of the term “Polish death camps”… – JPost, 5-30-12
  • White House: Obama regrets calling Nazi death camps in Poland, Polish: The White House said President Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a “Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish war hero. The president’s remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called it…. – CBS News, 5-31-12 
  • Poland seeking stronger apology after Obama’s ‘death camps’ remark: The Polish prime minister is demanding a “stronger, more pointed response” from President Obama after he referred to “Polish death camps” during a White House ceremony Tuesday. Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Wednesday…. – LAT, 5-30-12
  • White House: Obama misspoke by referring to ‘Polish death camp’: The White House said President Barack Obama misspoke on Tuesday when he referred to a “Polish death camp” while honoring a Polish war hero. The president’s remark had drawn immediate complaints from Poles who said Obama should have called … WaPo, 5-29-12
  • Poles angered by Obama’s words on ‘Polish death camps’: Poles are expressing outrage at President Barack Obama for referring to “Polish death camps” during a ceremony honoring a World War II hero but some say they hope the blunder will help clarify the sensitive issue to the world…. – WaPo, 5-30-12
  • Obama attracts criticism over ‘Polish death camp’ gaffe: US President Barack Obama referred to a “Polish death camp” on Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House while awarding the Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a Polish war hero. A White House spokesman said the president “misspoke”….. – BBC News, 5-30-12
  • White House apologises after Obama ‘Polish death camp’ blunder: The White House’s National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor has said “the president misspoke” after Barack Obama mentioned “Polish death camps” while posthumously awarding Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter during World War II…. thenews.pl, 5-30-12
  • Get your words right: President Obama’s ugly gaffe Tuesday has Poland’s media and politicians in a tizzy. It’s no wonder, Poles don’t like being held responsible for Nazi crimes, and terms such as “Polish death camp” risk doing just that. The matter isn’t trivial. Warsaw Business Journal, 5-30-12
  • Polish PM blasts Barack Obama’s death camp statement for its ‘ignorance, lack knowledge bad intentions: America’s liberal ‘mainstream’ media has largely ignored the diplomatic firestorm which has resulted from Barack Obama’s reference to a “Polish death camp” at a White House awards ceremony yesterday…. – Telegraph.co.uk, 5-30-12
  • Poles outraged by Obama’s reference to ‘Polish death camp’: President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to former Polish Foreign Minister Adam Daniel Rotfeld who is accepting for Jan Karski, a resistance fighter against the Nazi occupation of Poland during World War II, during a ceremony in the East Room…. Chicago Sun-Times, 5-30-12
  • President Obama’s Medal for Karski Shines Light on Poland’s Real World War II: President Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom for Jan Karski shows how far Poles went to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. After escaping Soviet imprisonment and being savagely tortured by the Gestapo, Karski still risked his life to sneak past…. – Huff Post, 5-29-12

Full Text Obama Presidency May 30, 2012: President Barack Obama Signs Renewal of the Export-Import Bank — Speech Transcript

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY
& THE 112TH CONGRESS:

POLITICAL QUOTES
& SPEECHES

President Obama Signs Renewal of the Export-Import Bank

Source: WH, 5-30-12

President Barack Obama signs the Export-Import Bill (May 30, 2012)
President Barack Obama signs the Export-Import Bill during a ceremony in South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, May 30, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Through the course of the past twelve months, U.S. companies exported $2.15 trillion worth of goods.

That figure breaks a record — it’s a 36 percent increase from the level of exports in 2009, and in fact, it’s the most we’ve ever exported in one, 12-month period. Some 9.7 million people went to work because of these exports — which is itself an increase of 1.2 million export-related jobs since 2009.

And part of the reason for that success has been the Export-Import Bank. The Bank, which is 78 years old, offers assistance to companies around the world that buy American products — in order to help boost the sale of those goods.

The Bank’s charter was set to expire at the end of the month, but with a bipartisan agreement from Congress, the President was able to extend the Bank’s mandate through September of 2014.

“By reauthorizing support for the Export-Import Bank, we’re helping thousands of businesses sell more of their products and services overseas,” the President said. “And in the process, we’re helping them create jobs here at home.”

Remarks by the President at Export-Import Bank Bill Signing

Source: WH, 5-30-12

South Court Auditorium

11:35 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Everybody, please have a seat.  Have a seat.  I want to begin by recognizing the members of Congress who are here today.  All of them did outstanding work on this legislation.  In particular, I want to thank Steny Hoyer, Congresswoman Maloney, as well as Congressman Miller, who helped to make this day possible.  Their leadership, their hard work made this bill a reality.

We’ve talked a lot recently about the fundamental choice that we face as a country.  America can either settle for an economy where just a few are doing well and a lot of folks are struggling to get by.  Or we can build the kind of economy where everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same rules.

And part of building that broad-based economy with a strong middle class is making sure that we’re not just known as a nation that consumes.  We’ve got to be a nation that produces, a nation that sells.  Our middle class was created by workers who made and sold the best products in the world.  Our communities and our economy have always done better when we shipped more goods than anybody else, stamped with that phrase:  “Made in America.”  And I want us to be that nation again.  I want us to be that nation in perpetuity.

Two years ago, I set a goal of doubling American exports over five years.  Today, with the trade agreements that we’ve signed into law, with the help of some of these same members of Congress, we’re making historic progress.  Soon, there are going to be millions of new customers for our goods and services in Korea, in Colombia and Panama.  That way, even though we got some Hyundais over here, we’re also going to have some Chryslers and Fords and Chevys in Seoul that are imported from Detroit and Toledo and Chicago.

So I’m going to go anywhere I can in the world to create new markets for American goods.  And we’re also not going to stand by when our competitors aren’t following the rules.  We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate of the previous administration.  We’ve set up a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trade practices that are taking place anyplace — anywhere in the world.  Anytime other countries skirt the rules or put our workers and our businesses in an unfair position, we’re going to take action.

We’re also making sure that American businesses have better access to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers who live beyond our shores.  And that’s why the bipartisan bill that I’m about to sign is so important.  By reauthorizing support for the Export-Import Bank, we’re helping thousands of businesses sell more of their products and services overseas and, in the process, we’re helping them create jobs here at home.  And we’re doing that at no extra cost to the taxpayer.

Over the past few years, I’ve met with a lot of business leaders and a lot of workers across America, from companies like Boeing to Dow Chemical to smaller companies that are also interested in accessing foreign markets.  And they’ve told me how critical support from the Ex-Im Bank has been in competing more effectively in the global marketplace.  As the head of the bank, we owe our thanks to Fred Hochberg, who is here on stage, for doing such an outstanding job.

Just to give you a couple of examples, Boeing relied on support from the Ex-Im Bank to strike a deal selling more than 200 planes to one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world.  And that translates into thousands of jobs here in the United States.  As long as our global competitors are providing financing for their exports, we’ve got to do the same.  So I’m glad that Congress got this done.  I’m grateful to members of both parties who came together and put the interests of the American people first.

Now we’ve got to do more.  Obviously, the world economy is still in a delicate place because of what’s going on in Europe and the fact that some of the emerging countries have been slowing down.  It is absolutely critical for us to make sure that we are full speed ahead.

I’ve been traveling around the country talking about a “To-Do” list for Congress with some commonsense ideas that historically have had bipartisan support to help continue growth and job creation.  And just like the bill I’m about to sign, those policies can help strengthen the economy and put more folks back to work.  We shouldn’t have to wait until an election to do some of this business.

A couple of points.  Number one, it still makes no sense for us to be giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs and factories overseas.  The great news is there are a lot of companies that are now thinking about insourcing and moving jobs back to the United States.  We are more competitive than ever.  Our workers are more productive than ever.  We want to help provide incentives for folks to make those decisions.  So it’s time for Congress to take tax breaks away that allow for deductions moving jobs overseas and instead cover moving expenses for companies that are interested in bringing jobs back to America.

Number two, Congress should give every responsible homeowner the opportunity to save an average of $3,000 a year by refinancing their mortgage.  We’re starting to see a little bit of stabilizing in some of the housing markets around the country, but that continues to be a significant drag on our economy.  But when families are able to take advantage of these historically low rates, it makes a difference.  It puts money in their pockets or it may help them rebuild some of their equity.  It gives them more confidence and the housing market stabilizes further.

We’ve done everything that we can do administratively to help some portion of homeowners around the country refinance.  But every responsible homeowner in America should have a chance to save money.  That’s not just good, by the way, for the housing industry, that’s good for all businesses, because it means consumers are going to be out there with a little extra money in their pockets.

Number three, Congress still has the opportunity to do more to help small business owners who create most of the new jobs in America.  So we want to give them a tax break for hiring more workers and providing those workers higher wages.

Fourth, Congress should extend the tax credits for clean energy companies that are set to expire at the end of the year.  This is something that a lot of members, both Democrats and Republicans, should be able to appreciate, because wind power, solar power, biofuels — those aren’t partisan issues — that’s a job sector that is growing across the country.  But right now, there is too much uncertainty because we haven’t gone ahead and locked down some of these tax credits.

These companies are putting folks back to work and they’re helping us break our dependence on foreign oil.  There are members, again, of both parties that support these tax credits.  And tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.  So I think it’s very important for us to make sure that we move forward on that.

Fifth — and I’m going to speak to this on Friday — Congress should create a Veterans Job Corps so we can put our returning heroes back to work as cops and firefighters and park rangers.  We just observed Memorial Day, an extraordinarily moving Memorial Day — we were down at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorating 50 years since that difficult and challenging war.  And one thing we learned from that was that we’ve got to treat our heroes with the respect and dignity that they have earned.

And our veterans are some of the most highly-trained, highly-educated, highly-skilled workers we’ve got.  These are Americans who want to keep serving now that they’re back.  So we’ve got to make sure when they come home, they come home to new jobs and new opportunities.  So there are a number of things that my administration can do on our own and we’re going to keep on doing them, but it gets a whole lot easier if we get some help from Congress.  And this is a great example, a great model of what can happen.

America has come through some tough times together, and it’s going to take more time than any of us would like to get to a place where all of us have fully recovered from the worst recession in our lives.  There will continue to be hurdles and there will continue to be some headwinds that we can’t fully control, but there are plenty of things we can control.  And there are plenty of solutions within our reach.  There are steps that we can take right now to speed up this recovery, to help create jobs, to restore some of the financial security that families have lost.  It’s within our control to do the right thing and do it now.

So my message to Congress is thank you and congratulations on authorizing Ex-Im Bank to continue on its extraordinary mission.  We’ve got more work to do.  I hope this ends up being a model for the kind of progress that we can make in the months to come and the years to come.  So with that, it is my great pleasure to sign this bill into law.  (Applause.)

(The bill is signed.)

END
11:48 A.M. EDT

There are 5 versions of Bill Number H.R.2072 for the 112th Congress. Usually, the last item is the most recent.

1 . Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act of 2011 (Introduced in House – IH)[H.R.2072.IH][PDF]
2 . Securing American Jobs Through Exports Act of 2011 (Reported in House – RH)[H.R.2072.RH][PDF]
3 . Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Engrossed in House [Passed House] – EH)[H.R.2072.EH][PDF]
4 . Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Placed on Calendar Senate – PCS)[H.R.2072.PCS][PDF]
5 . Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR)[H.R.2072.ENR][PDF]

For Immediate Release
May 30, 2012

FACT SHEET: President Obama to Sign the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012

Source: WH, 5-30-12

Will Extend the Bank’s Authority Through 2014 and Increase Its Portfolio Cap to $140 Billion to Help U.S. Businesses Sell Their Products and Services Around the World

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama will sign the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012, a bipartisan bill that will reauthorize the Bank to continue financing U.S. exports, and ensure a level playing field for U.S. businesses, at no cost to American taxpayers.

The President believes that a critical component of building stronger and more durable domestic economic growth is ensuring that U.S. workers and businesses can compete successfully in global markets.  Doing so requires promoting U.S. export of goods and services overseas, which is why the President launched the National Export Initiative (NEI) in 2010, with the goal of doubling U.S. exports over five years while supporting two million new export-related jobs.  This legislation will allow the Export-Import Bank to continue financing U.S. exports to meet global competition.

America continues to make historic progress under the NEI, despite challenges in the global economy.  U.S. exports over the past 12 months are higher than any previous 12-month period in history, reaching $2.15 trillion, over 36% above the level of exports in 2009.  This record-breaking level of exports supported 9.7 million exports-related jobs in 2011, an increase of 1.2 million exports-related jobs since 2009.

The Export-Import Bank is playing an important role in contributing to this progress.  Last year, the Bank set export finance records for the third straight year. Overall authorizations hit $32.7 billion, supporting $40 billion in export sales and 290,000 American jobs at more than 3,600 U.S. companies.  More than 85% of these transactions were for small businesses.  The Bank is on track to meet the growing demand for export financing this fiscal year, as well, and small business transactions currently account for more than 22% of the Bank’s overall authorizations.

As we create export opportunities for our businesses and workers, the President will continue to ensure that U.S. exporters have a level global playing field on which to compete.  The U.S. will pursue its longstanding goal of minimizing trade-distorting financing of exports from our global competitors.  However, as long as our global competitors provide official export financing, America will do the same.

Under the NEI, the Administration has been working tirelessly on behalf of U.S. exporters since day one.  Through the direct counseling of more than 12,000 U.S. companies, federal trade agencies have supported nearly $140 billion in U.S. exports, and through the recent launch of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, the President has brought an unprecedented level of focus and cooperation around investigating unfair trade practices around the world.  The Administration has also worked to expand access to overseas markets for U.S. exporters by resolving outstanding issues with pending trade agreements, negotiating new market access, and deepening engagement in major emerging markets, such as the Free Trade Agreements the President signed with Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

Key Elements of the Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012

The reauthorization legislation includes the following provisions:

  • Extending the Bank’s Authority: The Bank’s authority to approve new export financing is extended to September 30, 2014.
  • Increasing the Bank’s Portfolio Limit:  The Bank’s financing authority is increased immediately to $120 billion and will be further stepped up to $140 billion, while requiring the Bank to submit a business plan and maintain a low default rate.
  • Focusing the Bank’s Mission:  The Bank will provide additional information on its business planning, default rates, and its support for small business and the U.S. textile industry.  In addition, the GAO will evaluate the role of the Bank in the world economy, the Bank’s risk management, and its underwriting and fraud prevention procedures.
  • Enhancing Transparency:  The Bank will provide the public with an opportunity to comment on transactions of more than $100 million through Federal Register notification.
  • Updating Technology:  The Bank is given authority to use part of its fee income to update its information technology systems.
  • Reviewing Existing Policies:  The Bank will conduct reviews of its economic impact procedures and domestic content policies.

Campaign Headlines May 30, 2012: President Obama Calls Congratulating Mitt Romney on Securing the GOP / Republican Presidential Nomination

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLS TO CONGRATULATE MITT ROMNEY ON SECURING GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION

  • President Obama has called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on securing the GOP presidential nomination: President Obama has called Mitt Romney to congratulate him on securing the GOP nomination… – WaPo, 5-30-12
  • Obama calls Romney: Game on, Mitt. President Obama called November foe Mitt Romney Wednesday to congratulate him on officially clinching the Republican presidential nomination…. – New York Daily News, 5-30-12
  • Obama calls to congratulate Romney: What would you say to the man trying to force you from your job?
    Hours after Mitt Romney officially clinched the Republican presidential nomination with a win in Texas, President Obama telephoned him. But the call was nothing more than formalities to officially extend congratulatory sentiments.
    At approximately 11:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, the president called Romney “to congratulate him on securing the Republican nomination,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt announced in a readout of the call, which was disseminated to reporters.
    “President Obama said that he looked forward to an important and healthy debate about America’s future, and wished Governor Romney and his family well throughout the upcoming campaign.”
    A Romney aide told news outlets the call was brief and cordial…. – Yahoo/ABC News, 5-30-12

Campaign Headlines May 30, 2012: ABC News / Washington Post Poll Romney Rating Rebounds Among Women Voters, Obama’s Personal Popularity Rating Slips

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

Poll: Romney Rebounds Among Women, Obama’s Favorability Slips

Source: ABC News, 5-30-12

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Alex Wong/Getty Images

POLL ANALYSIS

A sharp advance among women has boosted Mitt Romney to his highest favorability rating of the presidential campaign – albeit still an unusually weak one – while Barack Obama’s personal popularity has slipped in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Obama still beats Romney in favorable ratings overall, by an 11-point margin, 52 vs. 41 percent. But that’s down from 21 points last month, giving Romney the better trajectory. And both get only even divisions among registered voters, marking the closeness of the race between them.

See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.

This survey comes after a period in which Romney’s chief GOP competitors withdrew from the Republican race and lined up behind his candidacy. Romney clinched his party’s nomination in Texas on Tuesday night….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines May 29, 2012: Texas GOP / Repubublican Senate Seat Nomination Heads for Runoff Between Tea Party Fav Ted Cruz & Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

CAMPAIGN 2012

CAMPAIGN BUZZ 2012

THE HEADLINES….

IN FOCUS: RUNOFF FOR TEXAS GOP / REPUBLICAN SENATE SEAT NOMINATION BETWEEN TED CRUZ & LT GOV. DAVID DEWHURST

  • Texas Race For Senate May Head For Runoff: Raphael “Ted” Cruz, a Houston lawyer and tea party favorite, appeared headed for a runoff against a better-known candidate in the Texas Republican Senate primary, the latest strong showing by an insurgent hopeful…. – WSJ, 5-30-12
  • In Texas, GOP Senate race heads to a runoff: Ted Cruz, a Tea Party-backed Republican lawyer, will go head-to-head with Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in a runoff contest for the state’s Republican Senate nomination. Dewhurst, the long-standing favorite for the nomination…. – CBS News, 5-30-12
  • Texas Runoff Set in GOP Race for Senate: In a heated race for the open United States Senate seat in Texas, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst failed to win enough votes in the Republican primary on Tuesday to avert a runoff with Ted Cruz, a Houston lawyer who cast the election as a battle…. – NYT, 5-30-12
  • Ted Cruz and the tea party vying for Texas Senate seat: Tea partyers riding high off of their successful efforts to further shake up the Republican establishment in Nebraska and Indiana have turned their eyes to Texas, where challenger Ted Cruz has a chance to at least force another vote in … LAT, 5-30-12
  • Tea party drools over Ted Cruz, but can he survive Texas primary?: Ted Cruz is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Huchinson, and in many ways he’s the ideal tea party candidate. But his best hope Tuesday is to force a runoff…. – CS Monitor, 5-30-12
  • Texas Voters Set Dewhurst-Cruz Republican Senate Runoff: Republican Ted Cruz, a newcomer backed by Tea Party activists, threatened to make Texas the latest state where insurgents have upset established political leaders in US congressional races. Cruz, 41, forced three-term Republican Lieutenant Governor…. Bloomberg, 5-30-12
  • Dewhurst encourages supporters before July runoff: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is telling supporters that if they like the job he’s done in Austin as lieutenant governor, they would love the job he’d do as a senator in Washington. Dewhurst spoke to supporters Tuesday night in Houston…. – AP, 5-30-12
  • AP declares runoff for Dewhurst and Cruz: Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and tea party backed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz are heading to a runoff in the state’s Republican primary for US Senate. The race had been fierce, with brutal attacks from all sides…. – Houston Chronicle, 5-30-12
  • Senate Hopefuls Spar in Texas: Raphael “Ted” Cruz wants voters to see him as a warrior for conservative causes. In an hour’s conversation, he uses the word “fight” 24 times. Propping his black cowboy boots on an ottoman, he lays out how he would…. WSJ, 5-28-12
  • In Texas race, it’s Tea Party vs. establishment: Hoping to build on momentum from Richard Mourdock’s Tea Party-driven victory over Richard Lugar in the Indiana Senate primary earlier this month, the Tea Party is setting its sights on another possible win Tuesday, this time in Texas…. -CBS News, 5-29-12
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