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Yarmuth: Obama Has Right to Politicize bin Laden Death

For most of the week Republicans have been critical of an attack ad by President Obama’s re-election campaign highlighting the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. But Democratic Congress John Yarmuth believes its proper for the president to politicize the issue.

The ad released earlier this month features former President Bill Clinton, who says Mr. Obama made a tough but important decision. The ad also suggests—without naming him—that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would had failed to go after the al-Qaeda leader.

Watch it below:

Yarmuth says that the president should rightfully take credit for bin Laden’s downfall and has been restrained in using the killing for the re-election campaign.

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TIME Analyzes Daniels for Possible VP Pick

In an ongoing series, TIME Magazine is reviewing the pros and cons of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selecting potential running mates with a focus on Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels for this installment.

According to TIME, the best quality Daniels brings to the table is that he’s a impressively credentialed fiscal wonk who has some qualities that Romney sorely lacks—he connects with people.

From TIME Magazine:

By eschewing the strident tone of his counterparts and embracing an everyman persona—an avid motorcycle rider, he rode a tattered RV around the state in his first campaign and embraced the slogan “My Man Mitch”—Daniels managed to implement a conservative agenda without arousing the ire of independents.

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Daniels Reprimands Romney for Negative Campaigning

In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Governor Mitch Daniels admonished Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for running a negative campaign during the GOP primary and advised the presumptive nominee against using the tactic in the general election.

Earlier this week, Daniels endorsed Romney for president in the race against President Barack Obama. Republican opponents complained that much of Romney’s message was more about crushing his GOP rivals than promoting his own agenda.

Daniels warned against using a “slash-and-burn” strategy.

From Indianapolis Star:

“You have to campaign to govern, not just to win,” he said. “. . . Spend the precious time and dollars explaining what’s at stake and a constructive program to make life better. And as I say, look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve.”

After a pause, Daniels added with disappointment: “Romney doesn’t talk that way.”

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Ron Paul Downplays Rand Paul VP Rumors

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rejected a suggestion that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney would ask his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to serve as his running mate.

There has been growing speculation that the Romney and Paul campaigns have been cooperating with a possible offer of the vice presidency to Kentucky’s junior Senator down the road. When WFPL asked Sen. Paul about the prospect, he said “it would be an honor to be considered” and didn’t shut the door the the rumors.

But Congressman Paul dismissed the speculation after GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum suggested Paul and Romney were colluding.

“I think the media has fed on that because they keep saying ‘Is there a deal, is there a deal?’” Paul told Politico. “Obviously not. He wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t’ do it.”

In a recent interview, Romney has also downplayed the rumors.

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Bachmann Signs Controversial Marriage Pledge

Living up to her staunch conservative marquee, Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann was the first Republican presidential candidate to sign a controversial pledge that calls homosexuality a choice and a health risk in addition to supporting a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning same-sex marriage.

The oath is part of a strict moral platform being pushed by The Family Leader, a conservative group in Iowa that supports banning all pornography and “divorce reform”, among other things. Candidates who sign the pledge are in effect supporting the organization’s so-called “marriage vow.”

From The Des Moines Register:

In addition, candidates are asked to recognize that “robust childrearing and reproduction is beneficial to U.S. demographic, economic, strategic and actuarial health and security.”

Alice Stewart, a Bachmann aide, said the congresswoman had no qualms about signing the Family Leader’s pledge. “She has been married for over 30 years and has a strong marriage and faith.”

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Former state Sen. Jeff Angelo of Ames, who recently established a group known as Iowa Republicans for Freedom, which supports same-sex marriage, issued a statement criticizing the marriage pledge.

“Iowans are having a very important dialogue about ensuring that all residents are treated fairly by their government–a long-standing and central principle of our state. This pledge is an attempt to shut down dialogue between voters and the people vying to represent them,” Angelo said.

For the full pledge, go here.

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Daniels Unlikely To Ride Into Sunset, Says Analyst

An Indiana political analyst says he expects Governor Mitch Daniels will remain active in public service after his term ends next year. Daniels announced over the weekend he would not run for president in 2012.

Indiana Legislative Review Publisher Ed Feigenbaum says he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Republican accept a presidential appointment in 2013, even if the call were to come from a re-elected President Obama.

“Saying, ‘You know, Mitch, we’ve got some real problems in this country. You’ve spoken out about them when you were governor. I’d like you to head up a commission to address the deficit, or a commission to address entitlements.’ I think Governor Daniels would say, ‘Yeah, I would do that for you, Mr. President,'” he said.

Feigenbaum says Daniels can also focus now on the rest of his Indiana legislative agenda, which includes an overhaul of the way local governments are structured.