Welcome to ‘The War Room!’ Here are the stories we are following today, Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012:
It’s primary day in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington D.C. ABC News has the breakdown on the 98 total delegates on the table: Wis. is the big prize with 42, Md. offers up 37 and D.C., where Santorum isn’t even on the ballot, has 19 that will certainly go to Romney. In fact, Nate Silver projects that Romney will pick-up 50 delegates between Md. and D.C. alone. With the candidates practically ignoring Md. to spend their time and money in the Badger state, all eyes will be on Wis. today. Will Santorum buckle under the pressure and bow out with a poor showing? He says no. Also on the docket, the unsinkable Molly Ball at the Atlantic points out the “Five Things More Interesting Than the GOP Primary Happening in Wisconsin,” centering on the Walker recall and all the fall-out surrounding that. Give it a read.
Mitt Romney is already counting on a big victory and has turned his attention to the general election. Not only has his rhetoric shifted to attacking Obama and ignoring the other GOP candidates, rumors are starting to swirl that his bromance with Paul Ryan is actually an audition for the V.P. slot on the ticket. Another sign: Romney will team up with the RNC to start raising money, a move that will allow donors to give up to $75,000 to the Republican effort.
Game on! President Obama comes out swinging at the Romney-Ryan budget today, calling it “radical” and “thinly-veiled social Darwinism” in pre-released excerpts on the speech. He also called out the Supreme Court, warning them not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning health care reform. Spokesman extraordinaire David Axelrod is already on the case, pointing out this pertinent fact about Mitt Romney: “I think he must watch ‘Mad Men’ and think it’s the evening news. He’s just in time warp.” Watch what he had to say on CBS this morning: