GINGRICH: Real Clear Politics: “I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through. In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.” And this: “The only press events I go to are interesting dinners when the wife insists on it, so we’re going to go to the White House Correspondents' dinner because she wants to. And we’re actually going to go to CNN’s table, not FOX.”
He also accused George Will of “personal jealousy” and said, “I mean, there’s a morning when George ought to just get over it.” (Hat tip: GOP 12)
ROMNEY: Politico wraps the back and forth between Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen and Ann Romney. Rosen on CNN said Romney had "never worked a day in her life.” Romney responded on Twitter saying: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” But Rosen didn’t back down. She, too, responded on Twitter with this: "I am raising children too. But u do know that most young american women have to earn a living AND raise their kids don't u?" And she wrote a column on Huffington Post. Romney is slated to appear on FOX today.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and adviser David Axelrod criticized Rosen’s comments on Twitter. Messina: “I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.” Axelrod: “Also Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.”
The L.A. Times: “On a day when Obama's and Mitt Romney’s campaigns battled furiously over whose policies would be more beneficial to women in the workplace, Ann Romney entered the Twittersphere for the first time to respond to comments by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, who suggested during a CNN interview that Romney should not be consulting his wife about the plight of women in the workplace.” And: “Rosen, who has no role in the Obama campaign and supported Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, added that Romney ‘seems so old-fashioned when it comes to women, and I think that comes across, and I think that’s going to hurt him over the long term. He just doesn’t really see us as equal.’”
The New York Daily News: The testy words came as Mitt Romney suggested he’ll soon be joined on the campaign trail by Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the GOP race for the White House Tuesday. ‘I think you’ll see us all come together in a very powerful way,’ Romney said in an appearance on Fox News Wednesday. ‘The time for that will happen down the road as we spend more time together, hit the trail together.’ Romney, who was interviewed in New York and autographed a baseball for a fan on Sixth Ave., said not only will they be campaigning together, they’ll also be ‘working together.’”
Romney was in Rhode Island hitting the Buffett Rule. Here’s what the Rhode Island GOP chairman said of the rule: “Buffett earned that money a hundred years ago and is investing it,” Mark Zaccaria said. “If Buffett’s secretary takes some of that hard-earned cash and invests it, she gets the same deal her boss does.”
The Boston Globe notes: “[A] conference call with reporters arranged by his campaign hit a snag when aides were asked whether Romney supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act to help women achieve equal pay, the first piece of legislation Obama signed. ‘We’ll get back to you on that,’ campaign policy director Lanhee Chen said after a pause. Democrats gleefully publicized the exchange. They glossed over the fact that the issue was divisive, and Romney would be in line with many GOP lawmakers if he opposed the measure. The 2009 law makes it easier for women to file workplace pay-discrimination cases.”
And it notes that Romney again used the 92 percent statistic of women jobs losses: “While that statistic is accurate, it overlooks the fact that more men than women lost jobs early in the Great Recession. The record downturn began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, covering approximately President George W. Bush’s last year in office and Obama’s first half-year. Romney’s claim also counts job losses in the first two months of 2009, when the newly inaugurated Obama had scant time to redirect the economy. Government figures show that some 3.4 million men and 1.8 million women have lost jobs since the recession began.”
AP’s Woodward also fact checks Romney’s 92% statistic, which Romney calls “amazing.” “Amazing it may be,” Woodward writes. “As a meaningful measure of Obama's economic record and its effect on women, though, it is dubious at best. … In blaming Obama for ‘turning the clock back 20 years on American women,’ as the Romney campaign puts it, Republicans are hoping to counter Obama's perceived advantage with female voters. But they ignore how recessions generally -- and the last one in particular -- unfold, and they hold Obama accountable for the state of the economy from the time he took office, before his policies could make any difference.”
The Romney bind: “Mitt Romney moved Wednesday to confront one of his most vexing general election problems — how to narrow the gender gap he faces against President Obama — but his campaign immediately found itself squeezed between its intensifying efforts to appeal to women and its need to avoid alienating conservatives,” the New York Times writes.
Univision writes that Romney is trying to mend fences with Hispanics, but his outreach was talking about unemployment in minority communities, not any other initiatives.