Campaign Headlines July 18, 2012: The Tea Party Nominates Sen. Marco Rubio as their Choice for the 2012 Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee

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Exclusive: Marco Rubio ‘Honored’ By Tea Party’s VP Nod

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-19-12

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Sen. Marco Rubio today got the nod to be the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee — from the nation’s largest Tea Party group, not Mitt Romney.

The Florida senator — the only Republican whom Romney has confirmed is being vetted for a No. 2 spot on the ticket — was the top preferred choice of thousands of surveyed Tea Party Express members, the group announced today.

“It is not a big surprise that Marco Rubio is the favorite candidate of the tea party for the vice-presidential nod.  He ran as a strong fiscal conservative, and he has delivered with his record in the U.S. Senate for the last two years,” said the group’s president Amy Kremer in a statement. “The only surprise is that he led the other excellent candidates by such a wide margin.”…READ MORE

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Campaign Headlines July 18, 2012: John Boehner, Paul Ryan: President Barack Obama Using Mitt Romney’s Taxes as a Grand Distraction

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Boehner, Ryan: Romney’s Taxes a Grand Distraction

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-18-12

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Amid increasing pressure and persistent demands for Mitt Romney to disclose an exhaustive account of his tax returns, House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan, a top contender to join the presumptive GOP nominee on the ballot, blamed President Obama for attempting to “distract the American people in order to win his own reelection.”…READ MORE

Speaker Boehner: Obama Tax Hikes, Small-Business Comments Show What’s Wrong With This Administration

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-18-12

“I think that the President explained that himself yesterday. He doesn’t believe that small businesses create jobs, he thinks government creates jobs. Listen, I was a small business guy. I worked hard, I took a hell of a lot of risk and I was successful. And it sure wasn’t the government there to help my small business … I think the President’s attack on the private sector in America is exactly what’s wrong with this administration.” – Speaker John Boehner 

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July 18, 2012

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SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER: “The American people are still asking the question: where are the jobs? Now Democrats are threatening to tank our entire economy and harm our national security if they don’t get a massive tax increase on small business people. Yesterday, a non-partisan study from Ernst & Young showed that the President’s proposed tax hike would cost our economy 700,000 jobs. Why are they pushing this tax [increase]? I think that the President explained that himself yesterday. He doesn’t believe that small businesses create jobs, he thinks government creates jobs. Listen, I was a small business guy. I worked hard, I took a hell of a lot of risk and I was successful. And it sure wasn’t the government there to help my small business. I am the one that had the sleepless nights. I am the one who went out on a limb to hire people and when I had to meet that payroll, it was my obligation, not only to take care of those people who worked for me, but to take care of those families of those people who worked for me. And I think the President’s attack on the private sector in America is exactly what’s wrong with this administration. He doesn’t give a damn about middle-class Americans who are out there looking for work. What he’s trying to do is distract the American people in order to win his own reelection.”

Full Text Campaign Buzz July 18, 2012: Mitt Romney’s Speech in Bowling Green Ohio on Jobs & Taxes — Barack Obama’s Priority Isn’t Creating Jobs, It’s Keeping His Own

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Mitt Romney: Obama’s Priority Isn’t Creating Jobs, It’s Keeping His Own 

Source: Mitt Romney, 7-18-12

“[Y]ou would think the President would focus all of his energy and his passion on helping people get jobs. But you know what he’s been doing over the last six months? In the last six months, he has held 100 fundraisers. And guess how many meetings he’s had with his Jobs Council? None. Zero. Zero, in the last six months. So it makes it very clear where his priorities are. His priority is not creating jobs for you, his priority is trying to keep his own job and that’s why he’s going to lose it.” – Mitt Romney

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Bowling Green, OH

July 18, 2012

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MITT ROMNEY: “Today the National Federation of Independent Businesses, NFIB, they announced a study they’d carried out. They talked to their members and had some economists trying to understand what would happen if the President’s tax policies actually were enacted because his tax policy is to take the tax on small business from 35 percent to 40 percent. I say that because most small businesses are taxed as individuals and he wants to raise the marginal tax rate from 35 to 40 percent and the NFIB came back with a number. They said if that policy gets put in place, it will kill 710,000 jobs. That’s the direction of this President. And there’s something else, I think, that you ought to know. And that is when something’s in trouble, when people need good jobs, you would think the President would focus all of his energy and his passion on helping people get jobs. But you know what he’s been doing over the last six months? In the last six months, he has held 100 fundraisers. And guess how many meetings he’s had with his Jobs Council? None. Zero. Zero, in the last six months. So it makes it very clear where his priorities are. His priority is not creating jobs for you, his priority is trying to keep his own job and that’s why he’s going to lose it.”

Full Text Obama Presidency July 18, 2012: President Barack Obama’s Speech Honoring the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Baylor Lady Bears

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Remarks by the President Honoring the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Champion Baylor Lady Bears

Source: WH, 7-18-12

East Room

2:31 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  Hello!  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Everybody please have a seat.  Welcome to the White House, everybody.  And congratulations to the Baylor Lady Bears on their undefeated season and second national championship.  (Applause.)

There are some proud members of Congress who are here today.  We’ve got a bunch of proud Texans in the house.

I want to thank all the outstanding young women who are behind me, and the coach, for making my bracket look good — at least on the women’s side.  (Laughter.)  I picked Baylor over Notre Dame, but I have to say, I wasn’t the only one.  It wasn’t that hard.  (Laughter.)  Because if there’s one thing to describe this team, it was dominant.

Last season, the Lady Bears scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.  (Applause.)  They became the first team ever — men’s or women’s — to win 40 games in a season.  (Applause.)

Now, this is not to say that success came easily.  After a tough loss to Texas A&M in the Elite Eight last year, the Lady Bears decided they weren’t going to go through that again.  So they buckled down, they spent all summer in the gym.  And they have not lost since — not to the Aggies, and not to anybody else.  (Laughter.)

So obviously, a lot of credit goes to Coach Kim Mulkey.  This is Coach’s fifth national championship — she just — she likes to win if you haven’t noticed.  (Laughter.)  She won two as a star player at Louisiana Tech, one as an assistant coach, and now two as head coach at Baylor.  That’s an incredible thing.  (Applause.)

I want to point out that’s the first person in college basketball history to win titles in all three roles.  I heard she plans to win her next one as mascot — (laughter) — so that she can — but — (laughter) — I mean, she’s got to figure out what else she can win at this point.  But we want to congratulate Coach Kim for leading this team and being named Coach of the Year in women’s basketball.  Congratulations.  (Applause.)

Now, obviously, a great winning team requires a great coach, but it’s not as if on the court the players were slackers, either.  We can’t say enough about Brittney Griner.  This young woman is the new face of women’s basketball — she blocks shots, she rebounds, she’s got the jump-hook, she’s got the dunk.

She won just about every award that you could win last season.  And I have to say that there have been times in the past where I shot around a little bit with the visiting team, but this time I don’t think I can get my shot off, so — (laughter) — I’m not doing that this year.  (Applause.)  Not doing that this year.

She’s not the only one I’m scared of.  You’ve got Odyssey Sims, who just owned the backcourt, earned her reputation as one of the premier perimeter defenders in the country.  Senior Terran Condrey, or “Big Shot T” —

TEAM:     Yeah!

THE PRESIDENT:  Where did she go?  Right here?  Knocking down jump shots.  Three other seniors — Ashley Field, Lindsay Palmer, and Cherrish Wallace who anchored this team for four of the most successful years in school history.

So we know that the Lady Bears are talented on the court.  But when practice is over, they worked just as hard.  Some made the Big 12 Honor Roll with perfect GPAs.  That’s worth an applause right there.  (Applause.)  They read with students at elementary schools in Waco and served meals to the homeless.  They traveled around the world, caring for infants at an AIDS orphanage and building houses in Kenya.

The Lady Bears also made a difference in one little girl, who is so special to them that the team brought her along for today’s visit.  Haley Klepper, who is right here — hey, Haley.  (Applause.)  Haley is as brave as can be and has just gone through some struggles.  But when the team found out about Haley and all the stuff that she goes through every day, and she’s such a brave little girl, they immediately took her under their wing.  So she has her own spot reserved in the Baylor locker room, and — she’s a pretty big fan.  She cheers from the sidelines just about at every home game, is that right?  (Laughter.)  So we’re thrilled to have Haley here.

This team just sets a terrific example for girls everywhere — as athletes, as scholars, as leaders in their community.  I could not be prouder of this team.  And I’ve said — I was saying to them before we came out, as the father of two daughters who are tall and beautiful just like them, it is great to have role models who can show that women can be strong and athletic and competitive, but also play as a team.  That’s a terrific lesson for my daughters and it’s a terrific lesson for girls everywhere.

And so we could not be prouder of them.  And since they’ve got all five starters coming back, I suspect that they’re the odds-on favorite for my bracket next year as well.  (Laughter.)  So congratulations, everybody.  (Applause.)

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Political Headlines July 18, 2012: President Barack Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

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Obama Unveils Corps to Recognize Top Math, Science Teachers

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President Obama on Wednesday is announcing a plan to create a “Master Teacher Corps” to recognize outstanding math and science teachers and incentivize educators to enter the field.

“If America is going to compete for the jobs and industries of tomorrow, we need to make sure our children are getting the best education possible.  Teachers matter, and great teachers deserve our support,” Obama said in a written statement….READ MORE

Campaign Headlines July 18, 2012: Mitt Romney Still Undecided on Vice-President Pick, Wife Ann Romney Says

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Mitt Romney Still Undecided on VP Pick, Wife Says

Source: ABC News, 7-18-12

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Mitt Romney has yet to pick a running a mate, despite reports that he could announce his choice for vice president as early as this week, his wife, Ann Romney, told ABC News on Wednesday.
“We’re not quite there yet,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts of her husband’s thinking in an exclusive interview to air Thursday on Good Morning America.

“We are certainly talking a lot.  This last week, this last weekend, there was a lot of discussion,” she said.  “There was a lot of talk.  We’re not quite there yet.  And we’re going to be there soon.”…READ MORE

Campaign Headlines July 18, 2012: Obama Campaign Sues to Extend Ohio Early Voting

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Obama Campaign Sues to Extend Ohio Early Voting

Source: ABC News Radio, 7-18-12

President Obama’s re-election campaign has filed suit in federal court to block a Republican-sponsored Ohio law that mandates that early, in-person voting end a full three days before Election Day this fall.

The lawsuit is the latest twist in an ongoing battle over early voting in the state between Obama allies and the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature and Gov. John Kasich….READ MORE

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