Obama mocked Romney on Thursday for being ‘suddenly’ concerned about poverty
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — President Barack Obama took a swipe at his 2012 campaign rival Mitt Romney on Thursday night, mocking the Republican for being “suddenly deeply concerned about poverty.”
Obama, speaking to House Democrats in Philadelphia, referred to one “former presidential candidate” and his newfound concern about poverty. As the Huffington Post reports, Obama earlier this month had a “no comment” about Romney’s rekindled aspirations for the White House. But Obama apparently couldn’t resist a comment following reports Romney was weighing a presidential bid focused on lifting up the middle class and eliminating poverty. Here’s how Romney responded:
Wary Wall Street: Republican power players are uneasy about the prospect of another Romney bid for the White House, and Wall Street, CNN reports, is no exception. High finance was a target of intense hostility during Romney’s most recent presidential run, with Obama’s campaign seizing on the former Massachusetts governor’s time at private-equity firm Bain Capital. The Democrats’ aim was to paint a picture of an industry that destroys middle-class jobs at the same time executives reap big profits. Financial executives, writes CNN, remember the attacks in 2012 all too well and are wary of another round of negative attention if Romney runs again.
Graham goes for it: Add Sen. Lindsey Graham’s name to the mix of Republicans who may seek the party’s presidential nomination in 2016. The Daily Beast quotes the South Carolinian saying his target for a final decision is “by the end of April.” Graham formed a new PAC on Thursday called “Security Through Strength,” the first step in mounting a bid for the White House. “I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think I had a realistic chance of winning,” he said.
Boxer, Paul team up on transportation: Sens. Rand Paul and Barbara Boxer are teaming up on a transportation funding bill they say could bring back up to $ 2 trillion in corporate tax revenue now overseas to help pay for U.S. infrastructure projects. California Democrat Boxer and Kentucky Republican Paul said the tax reforms are the most viable way to pay for a long-term transportation funding bill this year. But as the Hill reports, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, is skeptical. “Tax holiday proposals designed to pay for the transportation bill sound great until you look at the details,” he said.
Obama takes some midterm blame: President Obama said he was partly to blame for Democrats’ losses in the midterm elections, telling House members on Thursday night: “We were all disappointed with the outcome of the last election, and there are a lot of reasons for it and I’m happy to take on some of the blame.” Obama made the remarks at the same Philadelphia event where he mocked Romney, the Washington Post reports.