Newt Gingrich says he won’t drop out tonight
Newt Gingrich not dropping out tonight, Issa thinks administration is the most corrupt, Scott Brown issues a tax return challenge, and voters are voting tonight.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is not ending his campaign in his primary night speech tonight, no matter what happens, spokesman R.C. Hammond told Yahoo News. If he loses Delaware, Gingrich will “reassess” but keep up his current campaign schedule. (Of course, candidates often break such promises when ending their bids.) Gingrich himself said today that it’s “a little insulting” for former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to speak in New Hampshire tonight while primaries take place in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York.
* Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) claimed in a Bloomberg TV interview today that President Obama’s administration is “proving to be” the “most corrupt government in history,” in light of the Solyndra and GSA scandals. In October of 2010, Issa called Obama “one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times,” but he walked back his words and said he meant “one of the most corrupt administrations.”
* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is releasing six years of tax returns, putting pressure on Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) to do the same. Warren has committed to releasing four years of returns (her time in public service.) But the campaigns are sparring over the release date. Meanwhile, Brown’s move could put pressure on Romney, who has refused to release his pre-2010 returns. Brown and Romney share a senior adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom.
* Missouri Senate candidate John Brunner’s business record is facing scrutiny after Moody’s downgraded his company’s credit rating from B2 to B1. Brunner serves as chairman emeritus at pharmaceutical firm Vi-Jon. He faces former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Rep. Todd Akin in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* President Obama slow-jammed the news with NBC’s Jimmy Fallon in an interview airing tonight; if you don’t know what that means, you should really watch, because it’s hilarious. He also discussed the Secret Service “knuckleheads,” saying “What they were thinking, I don't know.”
* Both leading Democratic candidates in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall are out with new ads. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk focuses on the primary, noting that she’s the “only one” in the primary who filed a lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett focuses on Walker, saying the governor has launched a “war on women.”
* Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) is out with a new Senate campaign ad. The spot highlights Bruning’s eleven lawsuits against President Obama , especially his opposition to the health-care law. Bruning faces state Treasurer Don Stenberg in a primary for retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat. The Lincoln Journal-Star just endorsed Bruning in the primary, calling him “smart, capable ... conservative.”
* Rick Santorum and his wife Karen will be interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN tonight at 9 PM ET, in their first joint interview since the former Pennsylvania senator dropped his presidential bid. He is not planning on endorsing Romney.
* Voters are voting tonight! Gingrich’s performance in Delaware could be the beginning of the end. Pennsylvania Democratic Reps. Jason Altimire and Mark Critz will face off after weeks of sniping. Blue Dog Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.) might go down too. And Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) will get a challenger. So stay with us! Here’s what you need to know for now.
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