John King, USA

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February 22nd, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Tonight, live from Mesa, AZ, the Republican candidates will fly to the moon to battle Satan. Or something like that. Expect fireworks!

– Mitt Romney got attacked a lot on twitter today. That's not unusual. What is unusual is that it was his supporters doing the attacking, saying his presentation of his new, new tax plan sounded too much like Barack Obama.

– A group of Christian ministers sent out a mass letter saying the GOP should lay off the Obama/religion talk. The signatories make up the more liberal wing of the church and outnumbered by the evangelicals, who largely agree with the candidates. For perspective, the Southern Baptist Church has about as many members as all the mainline protestant denominations combined. And, I'm pretty sure the SBC membership would agree more with Franklin Graham than the National Council of Churches.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

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Khader Adnan & the Global Practice of Administrative Detention

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Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Kim Smith

    What do the candidates think about taxing companies that offshore work? Starbucks supports "createjobsforUSA" - but what about "keepourUSAjobshere". We are trading out our USA jobs to other countries and are citizens are losing their jobs due to this – if companies were taxed when they outsource, I think it would even the scales and we could keep our USA jobs here. PLEASE ASK THE CANDIDATES THIS QUESTION - Thanks

    February 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  2. gustavo canadian engineer

    Greetings from Nova Scotia, Canada. What do Republican Candidates think about China becoming EU's largest supplier and customer, and most importantly about China's intentions to "pay off" EU's debts. Do Republican candidates agree that China may be buying their votes on international disputes. If China is investing heavily on the Euro why doesn't that turn off the US from the Euro??

    February 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  3. Marietta Moravetz, Mesa, AZ

    No one is commenting on the placement of tonight's debate in Mesa. The city was founded by Mormons.
    Downtown north-south streets are named for the founding Mormon families. The streets are wide so the early settlers could turn their horse-drawn wagons in the middle ot the street. Mormon churches are ubiquitous. Some say the lack of lovely restaurants and nightlife in Mesa is due to the home-loving Mormon city leaders. Where could Mitt Romney get a more receptive crowd than in Mesa, AZ? I smell something rotten in the placement of this debate. P.S. I'm a Methodist, and I've been here 15 yeas.

    February 22, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  4. Michelle

    I have a question for the GOP candidates for tonights debate:

    The supreme court has agreed to hear a case about affirmative action. Do you support affirmative action as a way of compensating for discrimination against minorities. If not should universities be allowed to discriminate against rich kids when handing out scholarships.

    February 22, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  5. Manikyam Nakka

    Hi John, If time permits I want to ask this question to all contenders – In the interest of Republican Party's Unity, who will be prepared to take an extra step by endorsing any of your fellow republican to fight President Obama with a united front.
    Manikyam Nakka

    February 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  6. Denise

    I would be interested in hearing the candidates comment on whether or not, if they were elected President, they would behave like Gov. Chris Christi just did – on Piers Morgan, Christi vowed he did not believe that his state or any other government should favor one sector of the population over another, and he stated he was governor of ALL the people of NJ.
    But then he stated that he just vetoed the same-sex marriage law legitimately passed by both houses of the NJ legislature because of his personal religious beliefs. Would Santorum, Gingrich or Romney agree that Christi acted appropriately following his personal religious beliefs even though it would not benefit citizens of other faiths he was elected to serve? Would they act similarly if elected President?

    February 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  7. jane marian

    My first post @ John King U.S.A........Good Luck tonight ...
    Gee! Ron Paul just got Mr Santorum...Good one..That's what we call a zinger !!

    February 22, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  8. SUE

    One. women in the military they get the same pay as the guys, and they wanted this equal pay and equal work, the government is taking promotions and money rank, from the men, so the wpmen can sit in the back ground, that is wrong. Women should be rightite up there with the men dodging bullets, not the rear with the gear. if there going to sit the rear there pay should be less but it is not. They take military promotions -RANK pay, because congress only allows so many to be promoted- from men and there not even up there inthe mdist of the batttle If they want to be there- don't say women want to be equal when you have them in the rear with the gear. I seen where many who went to these deployments many would get pregnant where commanders had to threaten article 15 for doing so. Women should be right up there inthe battle front saem as the guys they wanted all this equality and they get the pay and bennies.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  9. SMC

    JOHN KING can you please ask where is NEwts daughters are or where is santorim kids are where is there service even ROTC, Romenys 5 boys you can see there kids all want to be like chelases clinton a draft dodger brat who get a 1 million dollar jobs because his dady got elected in by idiots who have no morals or ethics. Romeny is a eleite draft dodger like Bush was Bush daddy just played and hid him better, newt just a plain draft dodger. SO we have two who would not serve there country and want to be commmande and chief, and there kids are just as spoiled as the draft dodger eleites, CHICKENHAWKS, but did you see how fast they would send our kids top war, while there bath in top schools to top jobs, money. Right my kids are doing what all these elites are doing-doing the side step, why not then they can be presdient too. I already served I dont want my kids going through what I had to go through, the government losing your medical records and admitting it, then you have to wait 6 years for the VA board because the governet does know how to file. I'm being pnished because the government lost my military medical records and now still waiting 6 years for the so called VA thats helping all of US, right what a bunch of cow manure. No I dont want to put my kids throught the BS Im going through, send the elite kids like Romneys boys maybe it will get fixed when they lose there military medical records.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:30 am |
  10. Pat Carabine

    Wow, what a group...scary, and spending so much time on discussing how women need to be told how to manage their health...all white men debating in front of mostly all white audience...and religion so much a part of this election..and disrespect for a President no matter what one thinks Obama is the President. We in Canada have our problems but so glad we have no idea what religion our elected government adhere to....Santorum, nothing like having a fundamental Catholic in the White House (I am Catholic), and those who want to scare us all into another war...as for Newt – no comment....Rommney just stares...and while I do not agree with Ron Paul in so much...he has the right ideas when it comes to more wars etc. It has been such a comedy...and we have our elections for just a month or so...go figure.

    February 23, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • Sakura

      get them into eacudtion and higer eacudtion and that will be thier success for life! thats defiantely 1 heck of a money making project that will be rewarding and successful and then they can be teachers and help others and pass down knowledge etc and work too. also, stop cheap labour. they are humans just as much as every other human in the world. no1 is superior than the other. not even the kings, queens and presidents!

      March 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm |