Herman Cain wants to patch things up with the Muslim community. He met with American Muslim leaders in a private event.
Cain’s spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Cain reached out to a group of leaders to discuss religion and politics, but would not release any more details in advance of the event.
After the meeting, Cain apologized for his previous comments:
Republican Herman Cain is apologizing to Muslim leaders for vitriolic remarks he made about Islam while campaigning for the presidential nomination.
The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO has said communities have a right to ban Islamic mosques because Muslims are trying to inject sharia law into the U.S. He’s also said he would not want a Muslim bent on killing Americans in his administration…..
He said in a statement later he was “truly sorry” for comments that may have “betrayed” his commitment to the Constitution and the religious freedom it guarantees.
He also acknowledged that Muslims, “like all Americans,” have the right to practice freely their faith and that most Muslim Americans are peaceful and patriotic.
Cain is also implementing a so-called “50-state strategy,” spending more time in states that aren’t early primary states.
Rick Santorum picked up his family and moved to Iowa for a few weeks.
The only thing missing at Tuesday’s launch of 2012 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s three-week, 50-city family tour of Iowa was his family – an entourage that was resting up after a grueling 16-hour ride the day before.
Santorum, 53, a former U.S. senator and House member, said he cut wife, Karen, and their seven children some slack. The family traveled from Pittsburgh, Pa., to an Oskaloosa farm where they’re staying in a cabin for about a week while he criss-crosses the state building support from Iowa Republicans he hopes will support him in the crucial Aug. 13 GOP straw poll in Ames.
And he’s continuing his crusade against New York’s new gay marriage law:
“There can’t be a situation in this country where you’re married in one state and not in another. That’s ultimately an untenable situation,” said Santorum, in advocating for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be ratified by 38 states that defines marriage as only between one man and one woman, warning that same-sex marriage would “undermine every basic, traditional value” in the country.
In Mitt Romney news, the former Massachusetts Governor is leading the pack in Texas donations. He’s even beating Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, a Gallup poll shows that Perry is the most likely to be able to derail Romney at the moment, with Sarah Palin not far behind.
The Democratic Committee is attacking Mitt’s job creation record. PR Newswire:
Under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts Ranked 47th In Job Creation.
During Romney’s Tenure As Governor Massachusetts’ Economic Performance Was “One Of The Worst In The Country” On “All Key Labor Market Measures.”
Under Romney Manufacturing Jobs In Massachusetts Declined By Twice The National Average—”The Third Worst Record In The Country.”
Meanwhile, Mitt raked in a whole host of endorsements in Ohio. And perhaps most significantly, Romney is already measuring the drapes. He floated a short list of VP candidates he might choose from should he be nominated:
At the Virginia Beach home of State Sen. Jeff McWaters Monday, Romney praised three up-and-coming stars of the GOP, saying his shortlist included:Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnellNew Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio
Perhaps he didn’t get the memo that Marco Rubio has said repeatedly and definitively that he would not accept a VP offer.
Thaddeus McCotter says he supports Boehner’s debt ceiling plan.
Saying “it’s the only responsible thing to do,” Republican presidential candidate Thaddeus McCotter said Wednesday he’ll support House Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling plan.
“The speaker’s looking at getting something done,” McCotter, a Republican congressman from Michigan, said in an interview with the Quad-City Times before heading to Low Moor to take part in a fundraiser for the Clinton County Republican Party.
He said failing to pass the plan would mean getting a debt ceiling plan similar to the one proposed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
McCotter’s position is at odds with other Republicans seeking the GOP’s presidential nomination, particularly those who are competing heavily in Iowa.
Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., panned the Boehner plan Tuesday.
She’s repeatedly said she won’t vote to raise the debt ceiling.
Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he couldn’t support it, either.
McCotter said he wished the “cut, cap and balance” plan that passed the Republican House last week could be approved, but he blamed Democratic intransigence for it stalling.
“Look, politics is the art of the possible,” McCotter said.
McCotter has cancelled some campaign events so that he can be in D.C. for a vote.
As noted above, Pawlenty and Bachmann don’t think we should increase the debt limit. You can read a little on what they’re proposing here.
A member of Pawlenty’s NH steering committee has defected to Romney.
“It had to do with, basically, the lack of his campaign developing in New Hampshire,” Doherty told The Daily Caller. “… He wasn’t capitalizing on opportunities either here in New Hampshire or nationwide.”
“When the campaign launched, it had a window of opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of it cause it was a successful launch,” said Doherty. But, “it doesn’t seem to have grown since then.”
Doherty also cited a “low level of grass roots organization.”
Pawlenty is dropping like a rock in the polls.
And Sarah Palin is inching closer to a 2012 run. She’s scheduled to be in Iowa to give a speech at a Tea Party rally on September 3rd, which just happens to be the anniversary of the barn-burner convention speech she gave three years ago. Coincidence?
All signs now point to September as the month when Palin would throw her hat into the ring, as logistical concerns ranging from fundraising to getting her name on the ballot in various states would likely preclude further delay.
Many prominent political analysts and Republican operatives have expressed skepticism that Palin is seriously considering a presidential bid, since she has not taken many of the steps that candidates traditionally take before jumping into the race, such as signing early-state consultants, contacting key powerbrokers and boosting their travel schedules.
But Palin has a long history of shunning the Republican Party machinery and taking an unconventional approach to campaigns — a mind-set that appears to have been in play throughout the past several months.
SarahPAC, Palin’s political action committee, has not hired a pollster or a media consultant, and Palin appears to have little interest in doing so, although the addition of a national press secretary may soon be on the horizon.