January 10th, 2012
08:34 PM ET

Who Said It: Republicans Take a Page from DNC Playbook


“He's deliberately bankrupted companies, dismantled them, shipped jobs overseas, fired people for profit.” Can you guess who lodged that attack against Mitt Romney? Was it DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz or Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich?

Maybe this one’s easier. “We know of one case for sure where they put in $30 million, they took out $180 million, six times as much, and the company went broke. Now what was the judgment and the character?….I think that is a legitimate question to ask somebody who wants to be President of the United States.”

Hard to tell? The first is indeed from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the head of the Democratic National Committee. The DNC, which expects Mitt Romney to become the Republican nominee, is working overtime to define him as a job killing Wall Street downsizer.

The second is from free market Republican Newt Gingrich appearing on John King USA.

When Democrats make such an attack they’re often accused by the GOP of being anti-business. But now it looks like they’ll have ground cover from the GOP – because Gingrich isn’t alone.

Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • Mitt Romney • The News
Morning Briefing for Tuesday January 10, 2012
January 10th, 2012
08:56 AM ET

Morning Briefing for Tuesday January 10, 2012

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

2012 New Hampshire:  The high horse primary (Politico)

Alabama wins national championship (isportsweb)

 Iran imposes death sentence on U.S. man accused of spying   (NYT)

Latest Syrian violence (CNN)

Mississippi Gov pardons killers (CNN)

IRS gives offshore tax cheats chance another chance to come clean (CNNMoney)

Obama campaign hopes to capture buzz in energized New Hampshire
January 10th, 2012
07:59 AM ET

Obama campaign hopes to capture buzz in energized New Hampshire

Chicago (CNN) - While the political world is focused on the Republican primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is also getting out the vote, quietly testing its organization in what promises to be a key swing state in November.

Just like in Iowa last week, Obama for America plans to use Tuesday as a kind of trial run, a chance to test the strength of the campaign's existing volunteer base and recruit new supporters who might be energized by the state's political mood.

"For us the goal of the primaries is the same as the goal of the caucuses, which is to expand upon the unrivaled organization that we've built this year," OFA press secretary Ben LaBolt told CNN during a recent visit to the campaign's headquarters in downtown Chicago. "And what makes this different from previous re-election campaigns is that the president never let his organization across the country go away."

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Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign
White House schedule Tuesday January 10, 2012
January 10th, 2012
07:49 AM ET

White House schedule Tuesday January 10, 2012

10:30AM         THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

                               Oval Office / Closed Press

11:00AM         THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors

                             Oval Office / Closed Press

2:45PM           THE PRESIDENT joins Administrator Lisa Jackson at an EPA event and makes brief remarks thanking the agency's staff

                              Washington,DC/ Pool Coverage

3:30PM           THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of Defense Panetta

                             Oval Office /Closed Press

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