Welcome to Primary Countdown, your presidential lowdown.
We will post this primary scorecard daily–tracking various hot buttons–until Jan. 10, 2012. We are here to wade into that tempestuous political news stream for you, and we promise an occasional bellyflop for the fun of it.
Quote of the day: "Rick, I'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks, $10,000 bet..."
– Mitt Romney in Saturday's ABCNews debate in Iowa. What was he talking about? Oh, yeah, Romney was trying to rebut Rick Perry's comment that Romney wrote in the first version of his book that a health insurance mandate was a good thing.
"I'm not in the betting business," Perry replied. But
Who's up, Who's Down. The Fix, Chris Cillizza's column in The Washington Post, called it Romney's worst debate of the year and his first time in "the loser's circle."
New Hampshire viewers thought Newt Gingrich did well, but questioned if there was a knock-out punch thrown at all.
the candidates are going in New Hampshire today.
A declaration of independents: The Undeclared still rock: New Hampshire Voters on the Checklist as of Sept. 1, according to the Secretary of State: 309,153 undeclared, 232,017 Republicans, 224,809 Democrats for a total of 765,979.
ICYMI: Inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen has joined Standing Up for NH Families, a group opposing any effort of the New Hampshire Legislature's to repeal the state's gay marriage law. Others standing with him include writer and producer Dayton Duncan, Bonnie Newman of Portsmouth, and Steve Barba, former owner of the Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch.
Some New Hampshire Republicans, including gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith, have said they would make gay marriage a big issue in the New Hampshire Presidential Primary.
Right on Red? Efforts to override a veto of right-to-work legislation failed two weeks ago by a 12-vote margin. What a coincidence, said Dave Lang, president of the Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire – there are 12 firefighter votes in the House. "We think we had something to do with it," he says.
Three Things to Look For this week:
- The Romney campaign will ratchet up the attacks on Newt Gingrich. Look for the former Massachusetts governor to spend more on ads, too.
- It is a safe bet that surrogates for President Obama's re-election campaign are booking flights to New Hampshire.
- The next week or two may be a big New Hampshire push for the GOP presidential candidates, before they concentrate on Iowa for the caucuses Jan. 3. Hanukkah and Christmas (darn pesky holidays) may provide some respite for the political weary, but don't hold your frozen breath. Why? Because, as the candidates say again this primary cycle, this is the most important election in the nation's history.
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