The RNC is out with ads hitting Obama. “The ad will air on cable and broadcast television in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, states that voted Democratic in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections but which the RNC is focusing on as potential battleground states,” the Boston Globe writes. “The RNC is not releasing the amount of the ad purchase, but committee Political Director Rick Wiley said it will be a ‘light cable broadcast buy’ combined with a digital and new media strategy.”
Tea Party fading? “Organizers of the Freedom Jamboree announced Wednesday that they have canceled the tea party convention planned for this fall, citing low registration,” Roll Call writes.
“All but two of the Republican presidential candidates have so far rejected a far-reaching anti-gay marriage pledge put forth by a conservative group in Iowa,” the Boston Globe writes. “The group removed a provision mentioning slavery after people complained it was offensive. But the wide-ranging remaining provisions include opposition to same-sex marriage, polygamy or polyandry; adherence to marital fidelity; support for a federal constitutional marriage amendment; rejection of Islamic sharia law; protection of women and children from human trafficking, pornography, prostitution, infanticide and abortion; and ‘recognition of the overwhelming statistical evidence that married people enjoy better health, better sex, longer lives,’ and others.”
PALIN: Sarah Palin says she’s still thinking about running for president and laid out August or September as her own deadline. "Well, legally, of course, there are timeframes. And that time is coming rapidly in front of all of us," she said on Fox News,” per The Hill. “ ‘You know, August and September, you do have to start laying out a plan if you are to be one to throw your hat in the ring. So that's basically the timeframe.’”
Sounding every bit the Tea Party, Sarah Palin said this on FOX, per GOP 12, about President Obama’s warning that if the debt ceiling isn’t raised he can’t guarantee that Social Security checks would go out: “I believe that it's absolutely shameful that he's trying to scare our esteemed seniors who built this country and have contributed and invested in this country over all these years -- that he would threaten to throw them under the bus and not write them their Social Security checks. That fear-mongering: we just can't buy into that."
PAUL: Ron Paul’s campaign will begin airing ads in Iowa and New Hampshire on Friday, Politico reports. The ad, which plays like a Hollywood movie trailer, warns against raising the debt-limit, saying congressional Democrats “did it to Reagan” in the 1908’s by forging a compromise to raise the ceiling and saying that Ron Paul has “always been true” to his fiscal principles. The six-figure ad buy is the biggest so far of any 2012 candidate and the first major TV ad to air in New Hampshire, Politico adds.
“Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has hired long-time New Hampshire political operative Chris Wood as a campaign consultant, Paul’s campaign said,” the Boston Globe reports.
PAWLENTY: The New York Times looks at Pawlenty's record as Minnesota governor. “Now, with Minnesota struggling through Week 2 of another government shutdown over a budget shortfall, Mr. Pawlenty’s fiscal record as governor is drawing closer scrutiny. And while Mr. Pawlenty did face economic and political challenges in balancing the state’s budget each year, his record includes what critics say was an overreliance on one-time accounting maneuvers that failed to address the underlying problems.”
How badly does Pawlenty want to win Iowa? He Tweeted: “@ConanOBrien Wait until I unveil my Team Coco wig then everyone will want the costume. It might even deliver IA for me #ginger #iacaucus.” Here’s the story from the New York Daily News.
The Pawlenty campaign announced the support of Dublin, New Hampshire investor and long-time party activist Bruce Keough, who will become a member of Pawlenty’s national policy committee and New Hampshire Steering Committee. The New Hampshire Union-Leader’s DiStaso notes that Keough made waves in May when he said he wouldn’t support Mitt Romney after serving on Romney’s steering committee in 2008.
ROMNEY: The Romney camp traded jabs with President Obama’s campaign advisor David Axelrod via Twitter yesterday, ABC notes. “‘Anyone heard from Mitt Romney lately? Where is he on McConnell plan? On the debt talks? On the impact of a default? Why so quiet?’ Axelrod asked this afternoon on Twitter as negotiators ready for the fourth round of debt talks in as many days. The Romney camp fired back with a tweet from Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom: ‘I have a question for @davidaxelrod: Where are the jobs? We're not just on wrong track; it feels like we're tied to the tracks.’”
SANTORUM: Rick Santorum will speak at the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida on Friday, Sept. 23, Sunshine State News reports. Mitt Romney is also slated to attend.