CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 13, 2012
April 13th, 2012
05:03 PM ET
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CNN’s GUT CHECK for April 13, 2012

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 13, 2012 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING… THE CHOICE IS ON: Mitt Romney, speaking to the National Rifle Association: “We need a President who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen, and those seeking to protect their homes and their families. President Obama has not; I will. And if we are going to safeguard our Second Amendment, it is time to elect a president who will defend the rights President Obama ignores or minimizes. I will. We’ve seen enough of President Obama over the last three years to know that we don’t need another four.”

President Obama, in Tampa: “So this initiative is going to help our small businesses, Latino- owned businesses, women-owned businesses, African-American-owned businesses. We want every business to be able to access these new markets, start exporting to these countries… We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really, really well while a growing number are struggling to get by or we can build an economy where everybody gets a fair shot.”

(Answer below)
What former Rhodes Scholar and popular politician also played football at Stanford University?

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

On Fridays we at Gut Check like to reach out to the masters of the political class for their observations on the world of politics.

Still recovering from yesterday’s whipsaw news cycle that started with an utterance on CNN and exploded with Ann Romney’s Tweet, we reached out to Twitter’s political lead Adam Sharp to ask him how social media is transforming political campaigns.

“The shift from a 24-hour news cycle to a 140-character one has dramatically reshaped the rapid-response game. The whole action-reaction-response cycle is compressed to mere minutes, and Twitter users have a front row seat to a back-and-forth that used to be witnessed only by the ‘boys on the bus,’” Sharp says.

For proof, look at this staggering chart.


You can see the anatomy of a news cycle, and the spikes and amplifications that come with television appearances – first Hilary Rosen’s appearance on CNN, then Ann Romney’s appearance on Fox and Rosen’s apology later on CNN’s “Situation Room.”

We asked our ‘boy on the bus’ and social media star CNN’s Peter Hamby if he agreed with Sharp. He said, “It's absolutely true. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns watch reporter tweets like a hawk, not just to see what's happening at events but to weigh in and shape the 'narrative' as it develops in real time. Tweets are curated in Boston and Chicago and circulated in emails among top staffers, in the same way news clips are.”

Sharp explains the immediacy of the social media spike: "Twitter's a virtual return to watching TV on the couch with friends and family, talking about what you're watching but scaling that conversation up to include the millions of others sharing the same communal experience."

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Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Romney NRA speech marks general election kickoff, advisers say
Mitt Romney's speech Friday to the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting in St. Louis will be mark the launch of the general election campaign against President Barack Obama, his advisers said Friday.

Leading Drudge: Obama doesn't qualify for 'Buffett Rule'
President Obama earned $789,674 in 2011, the White House announced on Friday. However, with this income, he does not qualify for the so-called Buffett Rule on income taxes that he has promoted relentlessly and the Senate will take up on Monday.

Leading HuffPo: Allen West Fundraises After Calling House Democrats Communists
Rep. Allen West, R-Florida, is hoping to make some money off the fact that he said up to 81 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party.

Leading Politico: The Draperizing of Mitt Romney
The Draperizing of Mitt Romney is under way. He may not drink or cheat, and he lacks the fictional ad-maker’s charisma, but Democrats, despite the potential perils of such a strategy, remain determined to paint Romney as a throwback to the “Mad Men” era — a hopelessly retro figure who, on policy and in his personal life, is living in the past.

Leading New York Times: Obamas Paid 20.5% in Income Taxes, 2011 Returns Show
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, reported adjusted gross income of $789,674 in 2011 and paid just over 20 percent of it to the federal government in taxes.

The political bites of the day

- Gingrich goes positive -
NEWT GINGRICH SAID THIS AT A SPEECH TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: “Let me start and say I want to first of all speak two positive words about the Obama administration. I know this is an unusual place to come and be positive about the Obama administration but I think the words `good bye’ are very positive. And I think we need to focus our energy from now till November not just to say goodbye to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, but also to say goodbye to those liberals in the Senate who have been blocking passage of the right kind of legislation.”

- Santorum: Bella Santorum, age 3, now a member of NRA -
RICK SANTORUM SAID THIS AT A SPEECH TO THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: “Karen and I are life members of the NRA and we wanted to announce today that, I talked to Chris, now Bella is a life member of the NRA too and I hope it is a long life.”

- Cosby: Martin controversy was more gun than race -
BILL COSBY SAID THIS TO CNN’S CANDY CROWLEY: “How are you going to solve a race issue when it becomes he said/she said or he said/he said? And the other question is, what is solved by saying he is a racist, that's why he shot the boy? What solves that? This (pantomimes a gun in his hand) and what is he doing with it, and who taught him and told him how to behave with this?

- The Fox Mole speaks out to CNN -
JOE MUTO SAID THIS TO CNN’S HOWARD KURTZ: “I believe everyone is aware of that at this point, Howard, that, yes. That's true. I broke the code. I broke the code of omertá that was within FOX News and I went public. I think their legal accusations are completely baseless, and they're trying to intimidate me into silence because I'm revealing unflattering information about the inner workings of the company.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less






Mr. Cory Booker, the 42-year old mayor of Newark, New Jersey, is a man of many talents. He is athletic – Booker played football at Stanford University and was selected to the All-Pac 10 Academic team. He is smart - Booker received a Rhodes Scholarship after leaving Palo Alto and studied at The Queen's College in Oxford, England.

He campaigns effectively - Booker became the Newark mayor in 2006 after receiving 72 percent of the vote – the largest landslide victory in city history.

And, when he is not mayor, he moonlights as a firefighter – sort of.

Booker is in the news today because last night, after getting home from an interview, the mayor and his security detail came upon a burning house. Booker dashed into the building, helped save a trapped woman and was sent to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

The volunteer fireman described the rescue this morning to CNN’s Soledad O'Brien. “As we were ascending the stairs, the last woman coming out was screaming that her daughter was still in the building,” Booker said. “I ran up to the top of the steps with my security detail behind me. Something exploded and sent a lot of flames and my detail grabbed me and tried to drag me out of there. We got into a bit of an altercation. Unfortunately, I was able to convince them to let go of me and just jumped into the kitchen, which was on fire, and was able to make my way through there to a back bedroom where the woman was hiding, and it was a touch-and-go moment. I was able to grab her and get back through the kitchen. That's when she sustained some burns and I got some minor burns and got her out of the house.”

Booker has been released from the hospital and the woman he saved is in stable condition.

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  1. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Friday gut check... dang! STILL there!!

    April 13, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Now he is for guns and the NRA?
    Could somebody in the media grow a gigantic pair of cojones and ask him about all these senseless groundless accusations? How about a town hall meeting on You Tube where we can ask him the real tough questions to all the BS he is spewing forth!

    April 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    “We need a President who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen, and those seeking to protect their homes and their families. President Obama has not; I will."

    I can't imagine even Mitt believes half the tripe he spews. If he does, he's more delusion than I give him credit for being already. Hate to say this Mitt Romney, but I seriously doubt Santa will be "gifting" you the presidency under your tree this year. Better luck in 2016.

    April 13, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic idiot.

    April 13, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. 1twinsfan

    President Obama has increased gun rights but that would go against Romney's mantra of say anything to get elected.

    April 13, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. thomas

    Latter Day Bush

    Romney is out of touch.

    April 13, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Jrdz

    Mr Flip Flopper will say anything and kiss all kinds of right wing a$$ to get the GOP vote than when know one is looking he will try to head back to the center. Sorry mittens not this time.

    April 13, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Independent Jack

    Romney is slime,this guy will say and do anything to get into power so he can use his policies to destroy the middleclass.

    April 13, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Never believe anything a Mormon tells you. I learned the hard way many years ago when I worked with a group of them. They are not the innocent little things they display to others.

    April 13, 2012 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Woman In California

    We’ve seen enough of President Obama over the last three years to know that we don’t need another four.”

    Oh brother......

    The truth is Mormons ONLY like each other see Jon Huntsman endorsement for further proof.

    April 13, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Rick in Phx

    Until the Obama adminstration actually puts forth a bill to restrict gun rights, Romney's comments are ignornant at best. The Dems do seem to have this guys number though. Romney will say anything to please the group he's talking to. I hope his handlers are smart enough to keep him away from "The Gay Republicans" group. I shudder to think what else we as voters would find out he likes if he ever talks to that group.

    April 13, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. the Situation

    With Each passing day, Mitts keeps drifting further and further to the right side. He's nothing but a joke that will pandered to the needs of people to get a vote or 2.

    April 13, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. PennyB

    Hilary Rosen said nothing wrong, she just didnt say enough. Mrs Romney has never worked outside the home.
    Mrs Romney has never had to leave home two hours early to get kids to daycare, elementary school, fight traffic
    coming and going, and then get to her own job, most women do this on a daily basis. I grant you, she is financially
    positioned where she has the choice and luxury of staying at home, BUT...she cannot speak to women in a creditable
    way regarding anything about what it takes to work IN the home and OUTSIDE the home all at the same time, while juggling the acrobats of our fragile economy. Mrs Romney, please talk to us about your husband-Mr Romnay only
    thats the one thing you are an expert on.

    April 13, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. FED up

    Romney was at the NRA meeting then promptly lost the election in Missouri to RON PAUL. Romney is a flip flopper, Missouri knows it and voted accordingly (most of us here belong to the NRA). We will be sending our 52 delegates here to the national convention in favor of the one WE DO TRUST! RON PAUL!!! Interestingly enough CNN made it to the NRA meeting but failed to make it to the re-do of the St Charles county caucus (the largest voter block in Missouri). No suprise. Thank god we still have YouTube and FaceBook.

    April 13, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |

    look in the mirror

    April 13, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This smokescreen is getting real old. Obama has never said anything that would even resemble gun control. This is another lie from one of the hundreds of republican funded attack dog groups that have no credibility whatsoever.

    April 13, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Love that sign in the back . . . . three cheers for romney . . . . . flip / flop / flip

    April 13, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    The flip flopper is also wrong that most of the loss of jobs have been women (pandering much?). Women, the ones with the lower paying jobs in most cases, are the ones carrying to load but maybe he should have listen to WTOP in DC today and the new job reports and stats. People are actually quitting their jobs to go work in other companies (I personally know of at least three in the last month where I work who not only have left it all behind but they are making better money). Translation for you flip flopper, the one who loves to fire people (i.e., Americans workers) there seems to be a turn around in the economy and in the job market. You are wrong yet again.

    April 13, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. independent voter

    I know most politicians are full of bs but this guy really takes the cake. Most of his statements are baseless lies.

    April 13, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  20. dnick47

    Mitt Romney is nothing but a mouthpiece for the Mormon Church... he has to run everything by his elders and if they disapprove of his agenda, he has to change to fit their mold: case in point – His sliding up to the NRA was ost likely his church's idea cause Mormons have a long history of using violence to achieve their means.... don't believe me? Read your history of the Utah Territory before it became a State in 1912 I believe.

    April 14, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  21. w l jones

    The Marine need a few good young men.Bless.

    April 14, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  22. GI Joe

    People are laughing at all his lies - and he doesn't even know it.

    Boot the baggers out in 2012. Especially Ryan, Cantor, and that lying Cuban from Florida.

    April 14, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Pandering to an extremist orgainization like the NRA is not a smart move to open a campaign. Doesn't look like the Romney, the severely conservative, is interested in moving towards the center to attract moderates and independents in November.

    April 14, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. gg

    she,s got that do i have to touch them look,got to get my rubber gloves

    April 14, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |