Chad’s Morning Brief: Michigan & Arizona Vote Today, Ted Cruz in Lubbock, & More
Here is your Morning Brief for the morning of February 28th, 2012. Give us your feedback below and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty for these and many more topics from 6-9 am.
1. The Michigan and Arizona Primaries
It's a two man race (for now) in the Republican Primary and tonight voters in Michigan and Arizona will have their say. I believe you will see Romney win both states, but not by very much. In fact, he could be embarrassed in Michigan if he doesn't win by more than 10 points. Romney considers Michigan his home state and if he looses it will be really bad for him. The fact that he has even had to spend much time in Michigan is bad enough. The Santorum camp is acting like no matter the results, they won in Michigan. They might be right.
Romney has had to outspend Santorum to even compete in the primary. Santorum wasn't helped by the bad debate performance, but Romney really hasn't done anything other than bombard Michigan voters with ads.
As for Arizona, look for Romney to win but he couldn't do it alone. Governor Jan Brewer endorsed Romney over the weekend and that could propel him going forward.
No matter what happens tonight, we will be heading into Super Tuesday with a lot of uncertainty. Some are predicting that everything will be wrapped up by next week. I don't think I buy that. Romney still can't seal the deal with conservatives and that worries me. If Santorum can keep tonight's results close and even win a couple of states on Super Tuesday, he won't be going anywhere.
2. Gov. Chris Christie for VP? (link)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he'd consider it if Romney asked him to be his VP.
Christian Heinze of the website GOP12 notes that Christie, the popular sharp-tongued Republican who endorsed Mitt Romney’s candidacy for president, is now singing a different tune when asked about being on the GOP ticket in 2012.
“If Gov. Romney were to come and talk to me about it, I would listen because I love my party enough and I love my country enough to listen,” Christie said on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
As Heinze reported on Monday, Christie last year said, “Can you see me as somebody’s vice president? I mean, who would be that poor guy? You know, I just don’t think that my personality is necessarily suited to being No. 2.”
I can't see this happening. IF Romney is the nominee there is no way he could pick Christie. Why? Because voters will wish the ticket was flipped. Easy. If Christie was to jump in right now people would love it. Another reason Romney won't select Christie is the fact that Romney will need Marco Rubio or another Tea Party favorite to balance the ticket. I like Chris Christie, but if Romney is the nominee Rubio should be his first call.
3. Ted Cruz in Lubbock (link)
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz is in Lubbock today. If you get the chance, go listen to him speak. I think you will like what you hear.
There will be multiple opportunities to meet a candidate for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, February 28th.
Ted Cruz will attend a luncheon at the 50 Yard Line Steakhouse from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
He will also attend a meeting held by the South Plains Eagle Forum from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Science Spectrum, located at 2579 South Loop 289. The special guest speaker at that meeting will be Texas State Comptroller Susan Combs.
Finally, Cruz will be the featured guest at the home of Maura and Kevin Crawford from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The reception for Cruz at the Crawford’s home will be located at 4401 11th Street.
If you go to any of the events, let us know on Wednesday's LFN.
4. Rich Pay Their Fair Share (link)
This is actually somewhat refreshing news.
The big majority opted for a lower tax bill when asked to choose specific rates; precisely 75 percent said the right level for top earners was 30 percent or below.
The current rate for top earners is 35 percent. Only 4 percent thought it was appropriate to take 40 percent, which is approximately the level that President Obama is seeking from January 2013 onward.
The Hill poll also found that 73 percent of likely voters believe corporations should pay a lower rate than the current 35 percent, as both the White House and Republicans push plans to lower rates.
What do you think?
5. Dumb story of the morning (link)
Tattoos have long served as fashion statements, but a small number of Americans are now relying on them for a more practical, potentially lifesaving purpose: to warn first responders about important medical conditions.
Some medical tattoos are being used to take the place of bracelets that commonly list a person's allergies, chronic diseases or even end-of-life wishes.
"Bracelets are nice, but something as strong as a tattoo ... that is a strong statement," said Dr. Ed Friedlander, a Kansas City pathologist who has "No CPR" tattooed in the center of his chest, where a paramedic would see it.
Friedlander, 60, got the tattoo to emphasize his decision to forgo CPR if his heart stops.
Medical tattoos don't appear to carry much legal weight. It's unclear whether an ambulance crew racing to treat a gravely ill patient could honor a request such as Friedlander's based on the tattoo alone.
But the markings do offer a simple and permanent way to give rescuers important health details.
Melissa Boyer, of Nashville, Mich., wore bracelets for years to identify her as a diabetic, but she kept losing or breaking them. The 31-year-old decided months ago to get a 3 1/2-inch tattoo on her left forearm that includes the medical symbol and identifies her as a Type 1 diabetic. It also declares her allergies to penicillin and aspirin.
"It's been 29 years that I've had (diabetes), and I went through I-don't-know-how-many bracelets," she said. "I went and got the tattoo, and it made life easier."
I don't like the idea of medical tattoos. Of course, I'm not a huge fan of tattoos anyway.
Other Top Stories:
Guests Appearing on LFN Today:
Nancy Sharp, LISD Director of Communications 7:05am
Matt Mackowiack, GOP Strategist & Founder of MustReadTexas.com at 7:37am
These and many more topics coming up on today’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App. All guest interviews can be heard online in our podcast section after the show at kfyo.com.