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January 29th, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet for January 29th

Today on State of the Union, Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul told us he's in it for the long haul. Paul said he cannot compete with the money spent in the Sunshine State, but that his message is resonating in caucus states. He says he may win Maine.
The Senate's top Republican Mitch McConnell didn't rule out a tax hike to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut. And, Florida Governor Rick Scott expects Mitt Romney to win Tuesday's Florida Primary. Watch Candy’s take on today’s show here.

Ron Paul, (R) Presidential Candidate
"...I would say that we have a very good chance. We're going to have an excellent showing. And I don't know how many candidates really like to say, I am going to be in first place. Most of us don't - don't do that. I guess some do it. But I don't think that's very healthy. But I do really believe we're going to do quite well there and a
very good chance of winning."

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Minority Leader
"...there's broad agreement on doing the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year. Republicans, Democrats agree on that. As you indicated the problem is the paying for it. ...I'm not going to negotiate this agreement with you this morning. But I want the American people to understand that we now have a debt the size of our economy."

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R)
" sure looks like Governor Romney's going to win. Now if I had my druthers what I'd want them to do, do what we're doing in Florida talk about jobs. I mean, our unemployment dropped from 12 percent to 9.9 percent, that's what people are worried about. We have generated 141,000 jobs last year in the private sector. But we still have 900,000 people out of work. So, that's our biggest issue. I wish they talked about that more."


Struggling to snap out of a downward trend in Florida, Newt Gingrich hit three Sunday talk shows with one message which pretty much boiled down to: Mitt Romney lies:

Gingrich on CBS' "Face the Nation"
"He came into the debate prepared to say things that were false."

Gingrich on ABC's "This Week"

"[Romney] would say thing after thing after thing that just plain wasn't true, and I don't know how you debate a person with civility if they're prepared to say things that are plain factually false. And that's going to become a key part of this"
Gingrich on "Fox News Sunday"
"He has a basic policy of carpet bombing his opponent. He doesn't try to build up Mitt Romney he just tries to tear down whoever he's running against."

The Chairman of the Republican Party brushes off fears that the eventual nominee is going to be hurt by all this nastiness. 'til the nominee is in place, Reince Priebus is happy to fill in...Today comparing the president to the Captain of that ill-fated Italian cruiser liner:

RNC Chair Reince Priebus on CBS' "Face the Nation"
"In a few months, this is all going to be ancient history and we are going to talk about our own little captain Schettino which is president Obama who is abandoning the ship here in the united states and is more interesting in campaigning than doing his job as president."

While Republicans occupy center stage in the political arena, the president's re-elect team continues to tune up...Mostly on Mitt Romney

David Axelrod, Senior Adviser, Obama Re-election Campaign
"[Romney] has a great track record for creating wealth for himself and partners, and he has done it by closing stores and offices around the country, and he has done it by outsourcing jobs, and he's done it by profiting by loading companies down with debt and then putting them in bankruptcy, and he and his partners have then made millions of dollars."

And surprise surprise...Donald Trump says he's still thinking about running for president as an independent. A statement the Democratic Party Chairwoman translated as a sign of weakness in the republican roster:

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Chair, Democratic National Committee

"I think the fact that he says that is emblematic of the unacceptability of the republican field."

Check out Getting to Know Governor Rick Scott

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