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March 25th, 2012
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SOTU Crib Sheet for March 25th

Plenty of developments on today's show. While he won’t endorse a candidate in the 2012 race, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham declared “the primary’s over." He thinks Mitt Romney will end up facing President Obama in November. Graham said he's "comfortable" with Romney and expects him to get the delegates necessary to capture the nomination.

Regarding the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) promised a thorough investigation into the incident. Scott told us "justice will prevail."

The president's senior adviser David Plouffe did not mince words when talking about the reaction by Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to President Obama's comments on the Trayvon Martin shooting. Plouffe called the remarks "reprehensible" and "irresponsible."


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

“The primary's over. Romney will be the nominee. Fiscal and social conservatives will unite and form a bond with libertarians and independents. And we'll win the White House if we can run a good fall campaign. Won't be easy, but I like our chances.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
“The last thing I want is a brokered convention. I want us to come out of Tampa united behind Romney, conservative socially and fiscally working together with libertarians and independents to take back the White House before it's too late.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) on Trayvon Martin on whether race played a factor
“I think we'll find that out in the investigation. You hope it's never the case, but we'll look at all these things and find out what happened. …there will be a thorough investigation, justice will prevail. We have got to make sure there's justice for Mr. Martin's family and also justice for George Zimmerman.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) on the 2012 presidential campaign

“I think the election is going to be about one issue. Tell me what the job picture is going to be. Whoever has a plan that the American public believes is going - I won my race because they believed I had a jobs plan. That's why I won. That's why I won. That's who is going to win this fall. …And I believe the Republican nominee will be that, but, you know, whoever - that's what they're going to have to do. I'm glad that now they are talking about jobs. I don't think they talked about jobs enough in the early primaries.”

David Plouffe, White House Senior Adviser, on responses by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to the president’s comments on the death of Trayvon Martin
“…those two comments are really irresponsible. I would consider them reprehensible. I think the president spoke movingly about this tragedy, as a father, made it clear that there's an investigation going on. So I think those comments were really hard to stomach, really, and I guess trying to appeal to people's worst instincts.

David Plouffe, White House Senior Adviser, on “Obamacare”

“I think by the end of this decade, if this law is fully implemented, we're going to be very glad they called it Obamacare, because the reality of what is happening here is so different than what the opponents claim. You're going to see more people covered, you're going to see savings in the health care system, you're going to see free preventive care for people, you're going to see women treated equally in the health care system.

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