Why Santorum Needs A Win In Illinois

If Rick Santorum is to have a realistic shot at unseating Mitt Romney as the potential 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Santorum really needs to win on Tueday in Illinois. ABC News' Rick Klein has more:

Yes, a Romney loss in Illinois tomorrow would be an embarrassment of epic proportions. Yes, Romney simply must win the state to keep intact his argument that he’s a shoo-in for the nomination.

But that’s the point. Santorum is down too far in the delegate count to win only the states he’s expected to win.

Santorum needs an upset. He needs it to come in a big state, and fast, for him to change the dynamics of the race sufficiently for him to actually win.

Why Illinois? For starters, it’s next on a calendar that isn’t particularly friendly to Santorum these next few weeks. After Louisiana votes this weekend, Maryland, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia (where Santorum isn’t even on the ballot) are up next, and will be tough for Santorum to break through in.

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High Gasoline Prices Could Cripple Obama's 2012 Re-Election Chances

Ford O'Connell and Democratic strategist Alexis McGill Johnson join Fox News' Rick Folbaum on America's News HQ to discuss whether high gasoline prices will hurt President Obama's re-election chances in 2012.

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Obama's Out Of Control Debt Problem

From USA Today's David Jackson:

The debt has grown more under President Obama in less than one term than it did under President George W. Bush in two terms.

Since taking office on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt under Obama has increased by $4,937,932,854.90, according to Treasury Department figures.

During the Bush years, the national debt went up by $4,899,100,310,608.44.

The total federal debt now exceeds $15.5 trillion.

Obama and aides will no doubt argue that some of that debt stemmed from Bush policies, including tax cuts and the Troubled Asset Relief Program bailout passed in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

 

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PPP: Romney Headed For Big Victory In Illinois GOP Primary

The Land of Lincoln's suburban electorate should give Romney a statement win over Santorum in the Midwest on Tuesday, says Dem polling firm Public Policy Polling (PPP)

Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory in Illinois on Tuesday. He leads with 45% to 30% for Rick Santorum, 12% for Newt Gingrich, and 10% for Ron Paul.

Romney's particularly strong among voters who live in suburban areas (50-29) and with those who live in urban areas (46-23). But he's even running slightly ahead of Santorum, 38-36, with folks who identify as living in rural parts and that strength with a group of voters he hasn't tended to do that well with is why he's looking at such a lopsided margin of victory.

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Two-Thirds Say Ditch ObamaCare's Individual Mandate

Does ObamaCare know best? Apparently not. From ABC News' Greg Holyk:

Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate  in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety,  signaling the depth of public disagreement with that  element of  the Affordable Care Act.

This ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that Americans oppose the law overall by 52-41 percent. And 67 percent believe  the high court should either ditch the  law or at least the portion that requires nearly all Americans to have coverage.

The high court opens hearings on the law’s constitutionality a week from today.

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Obama Loves Regulations

This chart says it all. From Alison Meyer at Heritage's The Foundary:

 

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U.S. To Have Highest Corporate Tax Rate In World On April 1

If you want to boost job growth in America, we will need to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate. Unfortunately President Obama and the Democratically controlled Senate seem to ignore this fact that corporate tax rates do matter (just ask Japan). On April 1, America will have the dubious distinction of being home to the highest corporate tax rate in the world, according to The Wall Street Journal.

April 1 is a date that every politician and business executive in America should circle on the calendar. That's when Japan cuts its corporate tax rate to 36.8% from 39.5%. The United States will then hold the title of highest corporate tax rate, with average combined federal and state profit levies of 39.2%.

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Obama's Oil Problem

When it comes to oil (particularly domestic drilling), President Obama's energy approach is anything BUT "all of the above." Charles Krauthammer explains at The Washington Post:

Obama boasts that, on his watch, production is up and imports down. True, but truly deceptive. These increases have occurred in spite of his restrictive policies. They are the result of Clinton- and Bush-era permitting. This has been accompanied by a gold rush of natural gas production resulting from new fracking technology that has nothing at all to do with Obama.

Obama says of drilling: “That’s not a plan.” Of course it’s a plan. We import nearly half of our oil, thereby exporting enormous amounts of U.S. wealth. Almost 60 percent of our trade deficit — $332 billion out of $560 billion — is shipped overseas to buy crude.

Drill here and you stanch the hemorrhage. You keep those dollars within the U.S. economy, repatriating not just wealth but jobs and denying them to foreign unfriendlies. Drilling is the single most important thing we can do to spur growth at home while strengthening our hand abroad.

High gasoline prices are a major political problem for Obama. They are not just a pain at the pump, however. They are a constant reminder of three years of a rigid, fatuous, fantasy-driven energy policy that has rendered us scandalously dependent and excessively vulnerable.

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GOP Delegate Math Growing Bleak For Romney

While Mitt Romney may have the clearest path to the magical 1,144 delegates needed to sew up the GOP nomination, some experts are now imagining another scenario — one where neither Romney, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich feel the magic.

"If Romney cannot accumulate the magic number of delegates for the nomination, it’s possible that none of the candidates will get there before their national convention,” Obama's delegate counter, Jeff Berman, acknowledged to Buzzfeed.

GOP strategist Ford O'Connell, from the McCain-Palin campaign, told The Hill that "The biggest stumbling block for Romney is that he's using an atomic bomb to kill an ant, and Santorum just isn't going away."

Read more from Paul Scicchitano at NewsMax

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Can The GOP Win The Senate And Hold The House In 2012?

Ford O'Connell and Democratic strategist Doug Thornell join Fox News' Chris Stirewalt on Fox News Live's "Power Play" to discuss the Republican Party's chances of winning control of the U.S. Senate and retaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

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