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Weekend Politcal Wrap-Up

By on 4.1.12 | 4:28PM

1. In separate Sunday talk show appearances, Newt Gingrich affirmed that he would vote for the Republican nominee in the general election while Ron Paul was noncomittal. Paul said that he liked Mitt Romney personally and described him as a "dignified" person, they still had significant differences on important issues.

2. Paul also described his young supporters as the future of the party while his opponents were the past. Whether past or present, Romney would like to win those voters in November if he is the Republican nominee. A Reason-Rupe poll found that Paul could win a Ross Perot-like 17 percent of the vote as an independent. That's unlikely, but there's no guarantee Paul will endorse Romney and a slight chance he could back a third party candidate like Libertarian Party frontrunner Gary Johnson.

3. The Miami Herald has an interesting story suggesting that Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Paul Ryan have teamed up to stop Rick Santorum. The beneficiary would be Romney, who they worry will be weakened in the fall by continuing the primary campaign.

4. On Friday, I suggested that Ryan's endorsement will give Romney a conservative agenda -- in the form of the Ryan plan -- to run on. Judging from the comments and subsequent posts, maybe it won't help much among conservatives.

5. Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum have agreed to a Texas debate before the state's Republican primary. Romney has yet to confirm whether he will attend.

6. A new USA Today/Gallup poll of voters in 12 swing states shows Obama beating Romney by 51 percent to 42 percent. The survey samples registered voters and shows women under 50 increasingly gravitating toward the president.

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