Political Headlines December 4, 2012: Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

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Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan Spotlight the Poor and Middle Class in Post-Election Messages

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-4-12

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Hardly a month has passed since the end of the 2012 election season, but in a hotel ballroom in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, campaign 2016 seemed almost in sight.

Two leading lights of the Republican Party — Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and former vice presidential nominee, and Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who was a frequent presence on the campaign trail with Mitt Romney this year — unveiled post-election messages, perhaps with an eye toward their future political ambitions….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 4, 2012: Sen. Marco Rubio on Immigration Reform: ‘More Than 50/50’ Chance of Passage

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Rubio on Immigration Reform: ‘More Than 50/50’ Chance of Passage

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-5-12

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio believes there is a good chance that immigration reform laws that include a path to citizenship will be enacted by the end of President Barack Obama’s second term.

Asked by Politico’s Mike Allen at a “Playbook Breakfast” in Washington about the likelihood “that Congress has passed and the president has signed some pathway to citizenship for current illegals,” Rubio responded that it’s “more than 50/50.” But Rubio (R-Florida) cautioned repeatedly that there is still a lack of consensus on the details of a reform package, including what to do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 4, 2012: President Barack Obama Says ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Hinges on Top Tax Rates in Bloomberg TV Interview

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OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

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Obama Says ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal Hinges on Top Tax Rates

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-4-12

President Obama says he sees “potential” for averting the “fiscal cliff” in 28 days, but that no deal will get done unless Republicans consent to raise income-tax rates on the top 2 percent of U.S. earners.

“We’re going to have to see the rates on the top 2 percent go up and we’re not going to be able to get a deal without it,” Obama told Bloomberg TV in his first televised interview since the Nov. 6 election….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 4, 2012: Newt Gingrich Stumbles into “Parks and Recreation” Cameo

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Newt Gingrich Stumbles into “Parks and Rec” Cameo

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-4-12
Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich happened to be in Indiana on Monday when he asked his driver where he should stop for lunch. “The driver said St. Elmo Steakhouse,” Gingrich told ABC News. “And when I walked inside, I saw Rob Lowe.”

The Hollywood actor was in Indianapolis filming an upcoming episode of his NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, which also stars Amy Poehler, who did not make the trip to Indy. The sitcom is set in fictional Pawnee, Ind., and the cast and crew were in town for a few days filming scenes about a bachelor party the characters take, which included a meal at the famous Indianapolis restaurant.

An appearance by Gingrich wasn’t in the script, but that all changed when he walked through the front door….READ MORE

Political Headlines December 4, 2012: Former President George W. Bush Renews Call for Immigration Reform

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George W. Bush Renews Call for Immigration Reform

Source: ABC News Radio, 12-4-12

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Former President George W. Bush called on lawmakers to tackle immigration reform with a “benevolent spirit” during a conference on immigration and economic growth Tuesday morning.

Bush said he hopes lawmakers shaping the nation’s policies “keep in mind the contribution of immigrants” during introductory remarks at the event, which was hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.

The conference was intended to spotlight immigrants who have contributed meaningfully to the economic growth and culture of the country….READ MORE

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