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Overnight Roundup: New Obama Ad Targets the Economy

by Newsteam Staff
May 8, 2012

Photo of the Day: Mary Morris Talman and Pat Lloyd at a political event for Democratic candidates in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, May 7, 2012 (Randall Hill/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Mary Morris Talman and Pat Lloyd at a political event for Democratic candidates in Galivants Ferry, South Carolina, May 7, 2012 (Randall Hill/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama’s campaign released its first ad (HuffPost) since officially kicking off the campaign, making the case that the economy is pointed in the right direction for recovery but that there is more yet to do. The ad lays out the situation inherited by the Obama administration and the progress made, including the auto bailout, and private-sector job creation.

“We’re not there yet,” the ad ends, “it’s still too hard for too many. But we’re coming back. Because America’s greatness comes from a strong middle class. Because you don’t quit.”

Titled “Go,” the ad is set to air in  in nine states all widely considered to be battleground states in November.


Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum officially endorsed presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney Monday night, saying he and Romney have “many significant areas” in which they agree, including foreign policy, preventing a nuclear Iran, taxes, government spending, and social issues.

“I also shared with Governor Romney my belief that we cannot restore America as the greatest economic engine the world has ever seen until we return America to being a manufacturing superpower,” his statement said. “He listened very carefully to my advice on this matter, and while our policy prescriptions differed, he clearly expressed his desire to create more opportunities for those that are feeling left behind in this economy.”


Two professors from Seton Hall University’s school of diplomacy look at who might be on the short list for Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team.  Their list of possibles for secretary of state include former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, who dropped his presidential bid this January, and former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman.

For defense secretary is general Michael Hayden and Romney adviser Michael Chertoff, former secretary of homeland security in the Bush administration.

For national security, two CFR fellows made the list Meghan O’Sullivan, former deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan in the last Bush administration, and Elliott Abrams, who served also served as a deputy national security adviser for global democracy in the previous administration.

Contributing Editor Gayle S. Putrich and Senior Editor Toni Johnson

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