President Obama and Mitt Romney are tied 46-46% in the latest CBS/New York Times poll. Obama was up 47%-44% last month. Since the unofficial end to the GOP primary, Republicans are consolidating, the poll finds.
A Pew poll out yesterday showed President Obama leading Romney by four points, 49-45%. The president was up big with women (53-40%), young voters, most/least educated, blacks, Hispanics; Romney was up with men (50-44%), people 65 or older, whites, and those with some college.
ROMNEY: Romney on right-wing “Breitbart News” radio show, per the Boston Globe: “There will be an effort by the, quote, vast left-wing conspiracy to work together to put out their message and to attack me. They’re going to do everything they can to divert from the message people care about, which is a growing economy that creates more jobs and rising incomes. That’s what people care about.”
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are now fully on board the Romney train.
“Mitt Romney on Wednesday plans to travel near the site of this summer’s Democratic Ntional Convention, aiming to give a ‘prebuttal’ to President Obama’s nomination acceptance speech in Charlotte – nearly five months before it is scheduled to occur,” the Boston Globe says. “The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is planning to deliver the speech at A Roof with a View, a reception area that happens to be across the street from the Bank of America Stadium, where Obama will speak in September.”
Looking for precedent… Political Wire notes that Romney tried to say on CNBC that John Kerry only released just two years of tax returns, but “Think Progress points out Kerry actually released 20 years of tax returns when he was a candidate in 2004.”
“The Secret Service is reportedly ‘aware’ of Republican rocker Ted Nugent's anti-Obama rant last weekend,” the New York Daily News notes, citing New York magazine.
Buzzfeed digs up a clip of Mitt Romney talking to 60 Minutes’ Mike Wallace about “hormones,” Mormonism and pre-marital sex.
SANTORUM: “The letters recently sent out by the Santorum campaign that ripped into Mitt Romney were ordered before he suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign manager said,” NBC’s Andrew Rafferty reports.