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Monday, January 23, 2012

George Wenschhof

Florida GOP Debate Tonight -
aired beginning at 9:00 PM ET by NBC News and moderated by Brian Williams and Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith. You can read more here.

This should be interesting to watch after three separate winners in the first three contests. After, reluctantly agreeing to participate in two debates this week, Mitt Romney has signaled he will no longer be Mr. Nice Guy and will attack Newt Gingrich on his many shortcomings. Romney will also release his tax returns.

Gingrich, on the other hand will continue to attack Romney on his actions as head of Bain and for being too "liberal".

Rick Santorum, who came in a weak third in S. Carolina, has to hope he can have a moment similar to Gingrich's response to CNN John King's question about his ex-wife. It remains very doubtful Ron Paul could make it four separate winners in the first four state caucuses and primaries.

Meanwhile, the Obama reelection campaign is smiling.


Gingrich Leads in Florida in Latest Poll -
a poll released by Insider Advantage shows Newt Gingrich in front of Mitt Romney by 8 points; 34%-26%. Rep. Ron Paul has 13% and Rick Santorum 11%. You can read more here.


State of The Union - Obama's Turn -
the Republican presidential candidate primary campaign has made it easier in some ways for the President to clearly delineate the differences.

In a preview video sent to supporters, president Obama said “We can go in two directions. One is toward less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.”

43-52 million viewers will tune in to listen to what President Obama has to say tomorrow evening. has more here. And, The Washington Post has a good read here.


Giffords Resignation Triggers Special Election -
the resignation by Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). announced yesterday, will trigger a special election for the seat as well as the general election this year.

Governor Jan Brewer (R) will likely set the primary election to be held in April, followed by the general election in June. Afterward, the district will be reconfigured for the 2012 election with the primary scheduled in August. You can read more here.


Egypt Parliament Holds Session -
the opening session of the first elected parliament following the ouster of President Mubarak was held today. The first matter of business is to elect a 100 member commission to write a constitution to be put before voters in a referendum. presidential elections are scheduled to take place in June, when the Generals are expected to step down. You can read more here.


Arab League Says Syrian President Assad Should Step Down -
the Arab League will keep monitors in Syria for another month and would like to see Assad step down in favor of a unity government. has more here.


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