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Overnight Roundup: Romney Advised to Go Abroad

by Newsteam Staff
April 5, 2012

Photo of the Day: Mitt Romney speaks at an annual newspaper editors' luncheon in Washington, April 4, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Washington, April 4, 2012 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Following Mitt Romney’s three-state sweep Tuesday, ABC political analyst and former Bush-Cheney 2004 chief strategist Matthew Dowd offered some advice to the GOP front runner: go to a foreign country.

“Schedule a foreign trip very soon to begin to show Americans that you are ready to lead on a global stage,” Dowd said in a column with five pieces of advice for Romney. “Use this opportunity to give a big speech about what you envision as America’s place in the world, and how you might lead in the White House. Americans know that presidential leadership and global international relations and dynamics have a dramatic effect on their daily lives. Show that you understand that and can lead in the 21st century.”

Romney is reportedly planning a major foreign policy speech for later this spring.

Republican candidate Newt Gingrich campaigning in North Carolina talked gas prices and science (Wilmington Star-News). Gingrich said his plan to shift U.S. consumption away from foreign oil with more domestic drilling would curtail terrorism, create jobs, and bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon.

He also proposed a brain-science initiative to help find cures for autism and Alzheimer’s, which he said would ultimately save the country billions of dollars in healthcare costs. North Carolina holds its primary May 8.

After being attacked on air for two weeks by ads from the American Energy Alliance (WSJ), President Barack Obama’s campaign will match ads aired by an oil industry-backed group in a half dozen states next week.

The industry ad blame the president for high gas prices, asking voters to “tell Obama, we can’t afford his failing energy policies.”

The Obama’s new ad says that “big oil” is attacking the president because he is trying to take away their taxpayer subsidies.

March’s U.S. job market conditions hit their best level since August 2008, according to Gallup, which may provide some good news for voters still worried about the economy. The four-percentage-point increase is the largest one-month jump since starting the index in 2008, the pollster said.

“This mirrors the improvement seen in Gallup’s separate unemployment measure in March,” Gallup said. “Both job creation and unemployment had deteriorated in February, and both are now slightly better than where they stood in January.” The index has been rising steadily since the beginning of 2011.

–Contributing Editor Gayle S. Putrich.

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