Flipping burgers at McDonald’s, steering the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, slinging cheap margaritas, and toning abs and pecs. That’s about the extent of Rep. Paul Ryan’s private sector experience.Politico’s Jonathan Martin • Discussing a glaring problem were Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate: He has little experience in the private sector, something Romney himself is pushing very hard. Ryan’s business experience? Limited to working at his family’s construction business only a few months. On the other hand, The Wall Street Journal just gave him some serious backing, noting that Ryan’s pick would give Romney a chance to win on big issues (with Ryan’s fiscal background offering up those big issues), rather than losing on small ones.
Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office.CIA Spokesman Preston Golson • Trying to tamp down the the rumor of the day — that his boss, CIA director David Petraeus, may be sought by the Romney campaign as a VP candidate. Petraeus has been resolute in past answers regarding a turn to elected office, insisting he has no intentions to do so. If Petraeus did end up as Romney’s running-mate, though, he’d have a recent resume similar to a past, winning vice president; George H.W. Bush was CIA director years prior to his 1980 election as Ronald Reagan’s number two. source (via • follow)
» Three months straight: With his July fundraising, Mitt Romney finished an entire quarter with a higher donation total than President Obama. Considering his continued ability to out-raise Obama, is it any wonder that the two remain virtually neck-and-neck in pre-election polling?
I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination.Harry Reid • “Doubling down,” as they say, on his allegation that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for ten years. Reid sourced this claim to an anonymous investor in Bain, Romney’s old company, and in a conference call with reporters today, said that he’s “had a number of people tell me that [Romney paid no taxes].” When asked to back up his claim, Reid replied: “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?” On the one hand, it’s easy to attribute an incendiary allegation to an anonymous source, as Reid has done. On the other hand, the only way to confirm or discredit this allegation is—you guessed it—for Romney to release his tax returns. source (via • follow)
It’s not that Romney struck out against a major league pitcher. I mean, here, he struck out playing t-ball. This should have been easy and it wasn’t for him apparently.Obama campaign aide Colin Kahl • Pulling out the dagger against Mitt Romney, who spent a week overseas, stretching out his foreign policy legs in other countries. Problem — he kept making headlines for doing stupid things. First, he criticized Britain for being unable to handle the Olympics. Then he made a negative comment about Palestinian culture. Finally, he bashed Obama for scrapping a missile defense system — a criticism which the Slovakian foreign minister didn’t like. So yeah, kinda rough — though he did score points with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, for what it’s worth.
Not one, but two planes I was on today had malfunctions. Second one forced to make emergency landing in New Mexico. I know how to take a hint!Sen. Marco Rubio • Took to Twitter to explain why he had to call into a Romney campaign event in Iowa from New Mexico. Rubio was supposed to make a speech on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa at a rally for Romney; his plane in Albuquerque had some kind of electrical problem. According to Atlantic Aviation, passengers “thought the battery was overheating and believed they saw smoke.” source (via • follow)