Romney makes a push against public education and public teachers unions.
Romney: President Obama Has Not Stood Up to Teachers’ Unions – US News and World Report: “Romney vowed to empower parents with “school choice,” a popular GOP education buzzword, and reward states that improved teacher effectiveness.
“For the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to a student, so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school, or to a private school, where permitted,” he said. “States will be rewarded if they regularly evaluate teachers for their effectiveness and compensate the best teachers for their success.”
The former Massachusetts governor also said states would be required to “provide provide a simple-to-read and widely available public report card that evaluates each school.””
Romney goes after Teachers unions
First Read – Romney assails unions in speech detailing education plans: “Romney assailed President Obama as beholden to powerful organized labor groups during a speech to the Latino Coalition here in the nation’s capital.
In his speech, the former Massachusetts governor called improving public education “the civil rights issue of our era,” saying that unions favor teachers’ well being over students’, leading to an education system that Romney said was “third-world” in nature.
“The teachers unions are the clearest example of a group that has lost its way. Whenever anyone dares to offer a new idea, the unions protest the loudest,” Romney said, quoting a former leader of the American Federation of Teachers. “He said, and I quote, ‘When school children start paying union dues, that’s when I’ll start representing the interests of children. The teachers unions don’t fight for our children. That’s our job.'””
VP Biden brings Gov. Romney’s business record into the election.
Biden dismisses Romney’s experience in business – CBS News: “KEENE, N.H. — The presidential campaign debate over Republican Mitt Romney’s tenure at a private equity firm is going down the drain.
Vice President Joe Biden argued Tuesday that Romney’s experience doesn’t make him any more qualified to be president than it does to make him a plumber.
“That doesn’t mean that private equity guys are bad guys — they’re not,” Biden said at New Hampshire’s Keene State College. “But that no more qualifies you to be president than being a plumber. And, by the way, there’re an awful lot of smart plumbers. All kidding aside, it’s not the same job requirement.”
Romney argues that his business experience with the Boston-based firm Bain Capital makes him best suited to fix the economy and create jobs.
Biden’s fourth trip to New Hampshire this year was an acknowledgment of the state’s battleground status in the upcoming election.”
Romney attempts to make his time at Bain Capitol sound better than reality.
The Associated Press: THE RACE: Romney talks up his private-sector days: “Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney likes to portray himself as a better job creator than President Barack Obama, but he may have a hard time backing up those boasts.
“We were able to create over 100,000 jobs,” Romney said recently, recycling an old unsubstantiated claim. It is a debatable figure since many of those jobs were created long after Romney left Bain Capital, the Boston private equity firm he co-founded.
Romney’s central theme is that his years at Bain better prepared him “to help fix the economy” than Obama, whose economic performance he calls lackluster.
Obama dismissed Romney’s basic premise earlier this week when he told reporters in Chicago that a president’s job “is not simply to maximize profits.” The president claims Romney would bring back old Republican policies that didn’t work in the past in solving the nation’s economic problems.”
Who will be Romney’s Vice Presidential nominee?
First Read – Veepstakes: Jindal’s awkward pause: “AYOTTE: The Boston Herald interviewed New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte: “In a sneak peek at a potential fall showdown, New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte said tangling with Vice President Joe Biden on a debate stage ‘would be quite enjoyable’ and poked fun at Biden’s foot-in-mouth malady. ‘The vice president does have a way with words,’” she said. Of being veep, she said: “It’s certainly an honor to be mentioned for consideration as vice president, but serving New Hampshire in the Senate is the greatest honor I could ask for.”
And: “I think Gov. Romney is going to pick who he thinks is best and he will do that not worried about the gender of the person or what their particular background is, except for when it comes to qualifications,” she said. “I think that anyone who is nominated to serve as vice president will expect there will be tremendous media scrutiny on them.””
President Obama tell the true story of Bain Capitol.
It’s all about Bain as presidential battle heats up – USATODAY.com
: “DES MOINES, Iowa – Voters are getting mixed messages about whether Mitt Romney
was a corporate raider who put profits ahead of jobs or a turnaround artist who truly understands the economy.
Expect to hear much more of both arguments Thursday — when President Obama visits Iowa — and in coming weeks.
Obama and his strategists will say it’s clear that Romney was most concerned as a businessman with making huge profits for the private equity firm he co-founded, that any jobs he created were a happy side effect — and that his philosophy would be ruinous for middle-class workers if he were elected president.”
Other Congressmen visit NH to push for OFA-NHFormer Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland hopes to swing N.H. for Obama – Fosters
: “PORTSMOUTH — Calling GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney “a guy who seems to lack a core,” former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland urged local Democrats to get behind the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama Sunday in Portsmouth.
Two new polls show Obama holding a lead over Romney in the Granite State, but with the election still six months away, Strickland didn’t lower his enthusiasm or volume of his keynote speech to Rockingham County Democrats at their annual clambake, held at the Portsmouth Elks Lodge.
Strickland called Obama a “bold and courageous” leader, who has worked to improve the economy, make college more affordable, help improve conditions for small businesses, create domestic jobs and simultaneously rebuild the country’s transportation infrastructure.”
NH Governor Race is very close right now.
Polls show tight races in New Hampshire: “According to a pair of recent polls from Public Policy Polling, New Hampshire’s upcoming elections for governor and Congress will be close. The polls, released on May 16 and 17, showed tight races in the gubernatorial primaries and general election, as well as in both of the state’s congressional districts.
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Maggie Hassan of Exeter and Jackie Cilley of Barrington, both former state senate members, are in a virtual tie in the primary, according to the poll. Hassan has a slight edge of 23-20 percent, but 57 percent are still undecided and there is a 3 percent margin of error.”
Bass and Ayotte stump in Nashua to raise money for the GOP.
Bass, Ayotte and others appear at GOP fundraiser in Nashua Monday – NashuaTelegraph.com [Video]: ““New Hampshire is ground zero (for the presidential election),” she said. ”Four electoral votes that could make the difference between winning and losing in this election.”
Over recent weeks, Ayotte has drawn attention as one of several contenders on likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s shortlist for running mates. But, on Monday, she happily ceded the spotlight to her Republican colleagues who are up for re-election.
U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, for one, used the occasion to formally launch his 2012 re-election campaign.
“We face a really big choice this year,” the Peterborough resident said, referencing the central question of the 2012 campaign. “That is, are you better off now than you were four years ago? … Things can be better, and we as Republicans know that.””
New PAC looking to have an impact on the NH Governor race.
Tea Party activist launches PAC to elect a Republican governor | Concord Monitor: “Tea Party activist Andrew Hemingway has launched a new venture: getting a Republican in the governor’s office.
Hemingway, who ran Newt Gingrich’s campaign in New Hampshire and has toyed in the past with running for congress, filed paperwork yesterday to form a political action committee called “4RG” — For a Republican Governor.
Hemingway will be both chairman and treasurer of the PAC, and will use his social-media savvy to help efforts to retake the governor’s office.”
State Rep hangs it up after many many years in NH House.
Rep. Read won’t seek re-election this fall | SeacoastOnline.com: PORTSMOUTH — State Rep. Robin Read said Tuesday he won’t run for re-election to the N.H. House of Representatives in the fall.
Read, a Democrat from District 16, which includes Portsmouth and Newington, has served four terms in the House. In announcing his decision, Read joins fellow Democrat Rich DiPentima on a growing list of local state representatives who are not seeking re-election this fall.
The longtime Democrat said he considers it a privilege to have worked with members of the local legislative delegation over the years. Read said he plans to stay active in politics, however.
“I’ll continue to be active in state and local Democratic Party organizations and will do all I can to help elect candidates this November who are opposed to the current extreme right-wing agenda of New Hampshire and national Republicans,” Read said.
John DiStaso’s Granite Status: Ovide boots Hikel from campaign for ‘pole dancer’ remark | New Hampshire NEWS0602
: “HIKEL FALLOUT. After allegedly calling former state Republican vice chair Pamela Manney a former “pole dancer” and “stripper” in front of a crowd at a GOP event last weekend, state Senate candidate and current Rep. John Hikel has been removed from gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne’s campaign steering committee.
Hikel was on the steering committee since last October, while Manney endorsed Lamontagne about a month ago after leaving the state GOP vice-chair post.
Manney, a Goffstown mother, grandmother and long-time GOP activist, told us yesterday afternoon that Lamontagne, who she said she’s known for 20 years, had just called her to offer support. She said that during the conversation, she “suggested” Hikel be removed from the steering committee.”