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Romney Predicts Wisconsin Victory, GOP Birthers Mock Obama and More

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Posted on Jun 18, 2012
Gage Skidmore

Mitt Romney, shown campaigning in Arizona earlier this year, sidestepped an immigration question during a recent interview.

Romney Campaigns in the Badger State: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continued a six-state campaign bus tour Monday with a stop in Wisconsin. Appearing alongside Gov. Scott Walker—who just two weeks ago overcame an aggressive recall attempt—Romney told a crowd of supporters he was going to win the state. It was a particularly questionable prediction considering that Barack Obama won Wisconsin in 2008 by 14 percentage points and that the state hasn’t voted for a Republican president since 1984. (Read more)

Romney Dodges Immigration Question: Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of playing politics when the president announced he would stop the deportation of some young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Then Romney refused to say whether he would overturn the policy if he were elected. Pot … meet kettle. (Read more)

Santorum Would Not Serve in a Romney Administration: Here’s one name Romney can cross off his list of potential appointees, should he defeat Obama in the November general election: Rick Santorum. When the former GOP presidential candidate was asked Sunday whether he would be interested in serving in a Romney administration, he said, “It is pretty much a flat no.” OK then. (Read more)

Bullet-Ridden “Obama Outhouse” Showcased at Montana GOP Convention: Republican birthers, at Montana’s GOP state convention over the weekend, mocked President Obama with a bullet-ridden outhouse that had a fake birth certificate inside. The outhouse featured a sign that said “Obama Presidential Library.” Montana Republican Chairman Will Deschamps, who said he did not know who brought it, called the stunt a “sideshow.” Said Deschamps: “It’s not something I’m going to agonize over. Some of that stuff is not real good taste.” Here’s guessing federal authorities will agree that the bullet holes were not in good taste. (Read more)

Lawmaker to Perform in “Vagina Monologues”: Michigan state Rep. Lisa Brown, who was barred from speaking on the state House floor after she dared to utter the word “vagina” during a speech against an anti-abortion bill last week, will be able to say the word as much as she wants Monday night. That’s because Brown, a Democrat, will perform in “The Vagina Monologues” on Capitol Hill then. It’s still unclear why Brown was banned for saying “vagina” aloud: Perhaps Michigan Republicans find the word offensive or obscene, even as they attempt to pass legislation affecting that particular lady part. (Read more)

Video of the Day: Some people just never learn. After playing the clip of “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson walking off the set because of a sexist remark made by one of her male co-hosts, the anchor of The CW’s nationally syndicated morning show “Eye Opener” responded with a sexist of remark of his own. As he introduced the next segment, about a pro-Obama dog clothing line, anchor Oliver Tull remarked, “Is a dog campaigning for Obama? No, not Sarah Jessica Parker.” Facepalm.

—Posted by Tracy Bloom

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