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Romney the Slow and Steady

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- In a presidential nominating contest dominated by shooting stars who burn bright but briefly, it may be the most consistent, if less thrilling, Mitt Romney who proves most resilient.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Michigan Republicans Want Rubio for Veep

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. -- It has taken Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., just nine months to transform from a freshman member of the World's Most Deliberative Body to the Republican many party activists want to become their vice presidential nominee.

According to the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll, a survey conducted this weekend here at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Rubio is the top choice to appear on the 2012 GOP ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney Trounces Perry in Michigan Straw Poll; Rubio the Pick for VP

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. - In a rout, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney trounced Rick Perry and the rest of the GOP field to win the National Journal Hotline/National Association of Home Builders Straw Poll of GOP activists attending a weekend conference in Michigan.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

GOP to Perry: Honeymoon Over

ORLANDO – After 43 days as a presidential candidate, Rick Perry’s honeymoon is officially over.

His lame second-place finish Saturday to the charismatic but little-known corporate executive Herman Cain in a straw poll of Florida Republicans, preceded by an equally lame appearance here in Thursday's GOP presidential candidates' debate, exposed the steep learning curve ahead for the brash Texas governor.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Returning to Michigan, Romney Ignores Perry to Blast Obama

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. – Mitt Romney brushed aside criticism from his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination Saturday night and accused President Obama of being too ignorant and naïve about the U.S. economy to lead it out of recession. “I just don’t think he’s equipped for what’s happening,” the former Massachusetts governor said.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Romney's Home Court Advantage

Michigan Republicans are taking note of a major contrast between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry: Attention.

Perry arrived to the conference's luncheon on Saturday during the official program, grabbing a few quick handshakes as he swept into the room. The Texas governor left the island shortly after his speech.

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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

What We Learned: Popular Opinion

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- Recent public polling has given President Obama's reelection team new cause for concern. Throughout much of his presidency, even as his job approval numbers declined, the president's personal favorability has held up. But new CBS/New York Times and ABC News/Washington Post polls show a drop even in his personal popularity -- yet another troubling sign for Obama's reelection prospects.

Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 1:50pm

Fitch Affirms U.S. AAA Credit Rating

Credit-rating agency Fitch affirmed the United States's AAA rating on Tuesday, saying that the cornerstones of America's "exceptional creditworthiness" are intact.

The announcement, first reported by Fox News, comes 11 days after Standard & Poor's downgraded U.S. credit from AAA status to AA+ and stands in stark contrast to S&P's explanation for the downgrade.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

New Home Construction Declines in July

Construction on new homes slowed in July, highlighting the continued weakness of the housing sector as the economy struggles to recover.

Housing starts fell to a 604,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate in July, down 1.5 percent from June but exceeding the 600,000 predicted by economists who were surveyed by Reuters. The number remained below the 1 million to 1.5 million level economists say would indicate a healthy market.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am

NRCC Hits 10 House Dems On The Economy

The National Republican Congressional Committee will be launching robocalls this week against 10 House Democrats, hitting them over the economy and rising prices for families.

Targeted calls will begin today against Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 10:36am