TPMDC Morning Roundup


Michael Steele: I Am Pro-Life
Michael Steele is sharply walking back a statement in his GQ interview that seemed to indicate he agreed abortion is an individual choice, and that it should be left to the states. “I support our platform and its call for a Human Life Amendment,” said Steele. “It is important that we stand up for the defenseless and that we continue to work to change the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen so that we can welcome all children and protect them under the law.”

Obama And Biden Addressing Stimulus Implementation Today
President Obama and Vice President Biden are both speaking at the Recovery Act Implementation Conference, held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 11 a.m. ET. At 1:10 p.m. ET, Obama will speak at the dedication of Abraham Lincoln Hall at the National Defense University. At 2:30 p.m. ET, Obama and Biden will be meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. President Obama will be speaking to the Business Roundtable at 4 p.m., and then he and Biden will meet with Hillary Clinton at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Geithner To Defend Obama Budget In Senate Committee
Tim Geithner will be speaking at 10 a.m. ET before the Senate Budget Committee, promoting President Obama’s plan. Geithner is expected to get tough questions on several topics, most notably Obama’s proposal to restrict deductions for top-earners.

Rove Blasts White House For Attacking Limbaugh
In his latest Wall St. Journal column, Karl Rove lambastes the Obama White House for attacking Rush Limbaugh. “In the face of our enormous economic challenges, top White House aides decided to pee on Mr. Limbaugh’s leg,” writes Rove. “This is a political luxury the country cannot afford, and which Mr. Obama would be wise to forbid. Or did he not mean it when he ran promising to “turn the page” on the “old” politics?”

New DNC Slogan: “Americans Didn’t Vote For A Rush To Failure”
The Democratic National Committee will be rolling out a new slogan today: “Americans didn’t vote for a Rush to failure.” The slogan was the winner of an online contest, and will be displayed on a billboard in Limbaugh’s hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida.

TSA Reviewing Vitter’s Alleged Airport Rage Incident
The Transportation Security Administration is reviewing the reported airport rage incident by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA). Vitter has admitted that he opened the gateway door to his plane after it had been closed, and that he had a “conversation” with an airline employee, but denies it having been the angry confrontation reported by Roll Call.

Lieberman: I’m Supporting Dodd’s Re-Election
Joe Lieberman told The Hill that he is supporting Chris Dodd’s re-election campaign, and has gotten over his disappointment at Dodd’s active campaigning for Ned Lamont in the 2006 general election. “We have a long relationship that goes back 40 years,” said Lieberman. “That’s over. I’m going forward.”

Poll: Corzine Trails By Nine In New Jersey
A new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) trailing former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie for this November’s election, the likely Republican nominee, by a margin of 46%-37%. Democrats normally have the edge in New Jersey, but Corzine’s numbers are currently dragged down with an approval rating of only 40%, and disapproval of 50% — though on the other hand, Christie has yet to face the inevitable political attacks that he was a Bush Administration appointee.