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October 17th, 2011
01:17 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Mario Solis-March: Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Ghost Writers: Latino activists are scratching their heads over top White House Aide Cecelia Munoz’s impassioned defense of Obama’s mass deportation strategy that will be viewed via tomorrow night’s broadcast of the documentary “Lost in Detention”- shouldn’t Axelrod and Plouffe be defending the policy that they have championed internally themselves?

– Ad Writers: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper distinguished himself by being the first state leader in the country to attempt to quash the “Occupy” movement in his jurisdiction, I wonder if being “tough on the perishing middle class” will be a good presidential campaign slogan in 2016?

– Re-Writers: GOP leadership can’t believe that the choice for Republican primary voters will be between Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, suddenly Perry looks good again.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There appears to be a growing media scandal not yet getting attention. CNN Contributor Dana Loesch has the scoop. Reporters connected to MSNBC and others have been covering the Occupy movement while also behind the scenes helping the group craft its message.

– The CNN Debate will, I guarantee, be more substantive than the last debate. The question will be how hard against Mitt Romney will Herman Cain push, and will Perry show up.

– The President has decided to embrace the Occupy Wall Street movement with his rhetoric. I suspect, though, that we're going to see a rather unsympathetic silent majority start getting vocal in polling against the class warfare.3

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  1. Lucy

    How can you say that Cain's remarks about an electric fence is insensitive? Those people are breaking into our country. Would you be opposed to an electric fence around a military compound? The fence would have a warning in Spanish.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
  2. Joanne Swindell

    John –
    I understand you believe Cain is not up to the challenge of being president. Although I have not committed to a candidate, I find this interesting. He is ex-military, a rocket mathematician/scientist, and has executive experience.

    In 2007-08, I followed the presidential election quite carefully. If you would have conducted an interview with Obama as you did with Cain this evening, perhaps your position would be easier to defend. However, I do not recall Obama being asked about his executive experience, about his flubs, or American policy. He was not challenged in any way... just embraced as a media child. That turned out well.

    October 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jerry/TX

    Really sad that the true bullet points are not being discussed...What does the GOP offer America via their candidates for President? ...

    * ALL have used the socialist programs for profit or have made wealth for themselves by laying off American workers to show a PROFIT...(Corporatist Cain, Huntsman, Romney,) ALL made $MILLIONS in Salary increase by laying off workers

    * Big Washington Establishment members Bachmann, Gingrich,Paul, Santorum, have ALL drained the tax payers for their Health Care premium payments and other Federal benefits PAID by the "Socialist" US Government as they (GOP) like to call it, but they denounce "socialism and pay-outs for citizens services.

    * ALL candidates have BUSH ideas and are affiliated with or ties to BUSH government officials that helped create the problem America is in now.

    * Not one will acknowledge the "INCOMPETENCE" of the GOP and their creation of the demise of America, yet they ALL point to Obama as to WHY America is in a downfall

    * ALL candidates want more of the SAME BUSH De-regultions that created this mess

    * NONE will indorse a congressional investigation to imprison any member of congress that helped create the atmosphere for this Domestic chaos.

    GOP Failure to America instead, CNN & other news stations allow GOP to LIE and mislead the public after all CNN is a GOP run media, RIGHT?

    October 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  4. common sense

    All politicians seem obligated to support Israel. They invariably call Israel our "great friend and ally" and even suggest we should go to war for Israel.

    I would like to see all of the candidates asked to make a concrete list (absent the usual rhetoric and generalities) of the top 10 things that Israel has ever actually done for the USA.

    It would be interesting to have them all make their lists simutaneously and turn them into the moderator.

    Thx much.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  5. common sense

    Kindly change the spelling to: "simultaneously"

    October 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm |