After news broke early this morning that President Obama had told supporters he would file papers for reelection, a few of his potential opponents were quick to respond in both traditional ways and by utilizing social media that show just how fast the nascent campaign is likely to be.
By mid-morning, both former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had responded in ways that were not possible just two election cycles ago. Romney tweeted, “@BarackObama I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as do 14m unemployed Americans.” Then Pawlenty’s exploratory committee alerted the press to a high production value YouTube web video in which Pawlenty says, “I've got a question – how can America win the future when we're losing the present?”
By afternoon, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Senator Rick Santorum were on the record about Obama’s intentions, but in more traditional ways. Gingrich had the toughest words for Obama, calling him “a one-term president,” and he told the press in Manchester, New Hampshire that Obama is “trying to create a Chicago style machine for the whole country with a billion dollars. It’s not about us, it’s about money. It’s about the president’s ability to coerce and run over the American people by building a machine so big nobody can challenge him.” Gingrich added, “I don’t believe he can raise enough money to hide from the American people.”
Santorum issued an email statement through his political action committee, in which he said, “We can't take four more years of the 'change' the Obama Administration has forced upon America. The only thing that has changed is the amount of our debt, the size of our government, the loss of our freedom, the fewer jobs for those wanting work, the diminished stature of America, and an expensive military commitment without a clear national security purpose.”
CNN's Steve Brusk contributed to this report.
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.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Barack Obama is going to run for re-election. That news will be treated as if it is a major news story. Why exactly? Of course he is running for re-election.
– Jon Huntsman actually appears now to be running for President. I have no idea why.
– Libya seems to be at a standstill. What of American prestige?
Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Phoenix: Sec. Hillary Clinton is now the most popular individual in the Administration as America regains its popularity and respect in the world, where are her critics now?
– Rooster: Organized Labor will rule the roost today as Madison inspired protests around the country will draw tens of thousands and herald the renewed American labor movement, will the media crow as loudly as it did for the Tea Party protests?
– Turkey: The first Wisconsin political election showdown is set for tomorrow as a conservative State Supreme Court judge fights to keep his seat. Didn't Gov. Walker say that union busting is what "the people" had voted for?
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