CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 14, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: ROMNEY GOES ON THE MEDICARE OFFENSIVE: Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday that it is going up with a new TV ad that claims President Barack Obama has cut more than $700 billion from Medicare. The Romney campaign says the new 30-second spot will start running on Wednesday and describes the ad buy as "significant."
AD SCRIPT: "You paid in to Medicare for years. Every paycheck. Now, when you need it Obama has cut $716 billion from Medicare. Why? To pay for Obamacare. So now the money you paid for your guaranteed health care is going to a massive new government program that's not for you. The Romney-Ryan plan protects Medicare benefits for today's seniors and strengthens the plan for the next generation."
CHICAGO CALLS THE AD HYPOCRITICAL, DISHONEST: Lis Smith, Obama campaign spokeswoman: “The savings his ad attacks do not cut a single guaranteed Medicare benefit, and Mitt Romney embraced the very same savings when he promised he’d sign Paul Ryan’s budget. … The truth is that the Romney-Ryan budget would end Medicare as we know it: People with Medicare would be left with nothing but a voucher in place of the guaranteed benefits they rely on today. And they do it all to pay for massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires – the very same top-down economic scheme that crashed our economy and devastated the middle class in the first place.”
The Japanese surrendered to the United States on August 10, 1945, but the surrender was not made public until this day in history. What two U.S. ships were attacked between the two dates?
“Shock and Awe.” This is how we describe the upcoming Chris Christie and Marco Rubio prime time speeches at the Republican National Convention.
Christie is the “shock,” a street fighter who is willing to challenge his political enemies and is about as blunt as any politician we have seen in recent time. He’ll deliver red meat - we only wish we knew now what he is going to say.
Rubio provides the “awe” because he bucks the stereotype that Latinos only support the Democratic Party. Yes, we know and you know that he is a Cuban-American and Florida Cubans tend to be conservative. But not everybody in America knows that and the optics on Thursday night as he introduces Mitt Romney will be striking. Rubio embodies the American dream. He is reminiscent of John Kerry’s keynote speaker in 2004: a state legislator from Illinois. Four years later that legislator would become president.
We have to wonder if the timing of these announcements was a strategic move to help steer the conversation away whether Romney fully embraces Paul Ryan’s budget-cutting plan, including his controversial proposal to make sweeping changes to Medicare.
To us, it is apparent that Republicans will focus their convention on two basic messages: straight talk and the future, themes the Romney campaign has yet to master.
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Candidates blanket battleground states
Iowa. Ohio. Colorado. Virginia. Nevada. All are battleground states crucial to both sides' chances for victory in November, and all host campaign events Tuesday by the presidential and vice-presidential contenders. – Tom Cohen
Leading Drudge: 'They Gonna Put Y'all Back In Chains'
Vice President Joe Biden told supporters that Republicans would “put y’all back in chains,” during a campaign speech Tuesday in Danville, Va.
Leading HuffPo: Paul Ryan Budget Forces Some Republican Candidates Into Awkward Position
Since Paul Ryan was chosen as Mitt Romney’s running mate, Republicans in competitive congressional races have tried to strike a balance between praising the ticket, and emphasizing that they disagree with the fundamental premise of Ryan’s budget. – Sabrina Siddiqui
Leading Politico: GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan
You’ve heard them on television and read them on POLITICO — cheerful, defiant statements from Republican political professionals about Mitt Romney’s bold masterstroke in tapping Paul Ryan as his running mate, and turning the 2012 presidential race into a serious, far-reaching debate about budgets and the nation’s future. – Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin
Leading The New York Times: Bloomberg, in Chicago, Urges Campaigns to Discuss Immigration Reform
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appeared with William M. Daley, a former White House chief of staff, for breakfast here on Tuesday, united in their belief that immigration reform is one of the best and cheapest ways to revive the nation’s economy. – Karen Ann Cullotta
The political bites of the day
- Ryan relishes regular guy role, says he is ‘the American dream’ -
PAUL RYAN AT A CAMPAIGN RALLY IN DENVER: “You know, I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, you know when I was flipping burgers at McDonalds, when I was standing in front of that big Hobart machine washing dishes or waiting tables, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I thought to myself, I’m the American dream.”
- Biden gets hyperbolic -
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN VIRGINA: “Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they are proposing. Romney wants to let – he said in the first 100 days – he is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. He is going to put you all back in chains.”
- CNN's John King on the ground In Iowa, catches up with David Axelrod -
KING: Does Paul Ryan change the map at all?
AXELROD: I think what Paul Ryan does is furhter clarifies the choice. There's absolutly no doubt that there are two distinct views about how we should move forward as a country. I would argue that this takes us back. He was a supporter of all the Bush policies in the last decade. Now he wants to double down on them- trillions and trillions of dollars in new tax cuts- just as Gov. Romney does, skewed to the wealthy that would raise burdens on the middle class. That would end in deep deep cuts on things like college aid, healthcare, medicare, on a range of things that are fundamental. And would make us, I think, less competitive, because we won't be investing in education, research and development, energy, infrastructure- the very things we need to grow our economy. So I don't think its a good vision for the country, but its a distinct vision, and its more distinct than it was a few days ago...
KING: When you look at the map is there a reasonable scenario... IA, NH, ... could decide this one, could come down to one state?
AXELROD: John my philosophy is always to plan for the worst and hope for the best. And so we're planning for 270 electoral votes. And in that scenario, even a smaller state like IA can be a pivotal state. And that's why we're spending 3 days here. We're not leaving anything to chance. We're fighting for every vote and every electoral vote.
- In 2012, a female moderator was a must, says Simpson -
CAROLE SIMPSON, THE LAST WOMAN TO MODERATE A PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, IN 1992, ON CNN’S “STARTING POINT”: “Men and women are different. We see things differently. We have different concerns and particularly in this 2012 election, where there is talk among the candidates about Roe v. Wade and contraception and reproductive rights and (a) personhood amendment, there are a lot of issues that concern women in a way that don't concern men. And so I thought it was particularly important that this year there be a woman that would be able to ask some of those questions that men might not find as important as we do.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Even though the Japanese surrendered to the United States on August 10, 1945, it wasn’t until August 14 that the Japanese people were notified that they, in fact, had lost the war and surrendered.
Because of this four-day lag, fighting between the Japanese and the Russians in Manchuria and the Japanese and the United States in the South Pacific continued after the Japanese had submitted a formal declaration of surrender.
In fact, two ships – the Oak Hill and the Thomas F. Nickel – were attacked by Japanese submarine I-58. The two ships were en route from Okinawa when they sighted the submarine and began to make evasive maneuvers. The submarine, reportedly, fired a manned, suicide torpedo, named a Kaiten, that missed its mark and exploded near the Oak Hill.
Though they saw combat after the Japanese surrendered, both ships safely made it back to the port of Leyte in the Philippines.
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