Here is video of GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann campaigning in Iowa today where she accused President Obama of showing some “insecurity” by trying to upstage the GOP Presidential Debate on Wednesday, September 7, by asking for a Joint Session of Congress at the same time to give his new “Jobs Plan.”

Obama caved in tonight and moved the speech to Thursday, September 8, after House Speaker John Boehner refused Obama’s request.

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann Says Obama Showed “Insecurity” with Failed Attempt to Upstage GOP Presidential Debate with Joint Session of Congress Speech – Video 8/31/11

(MSNBC) — President Barack Obama agreed late Wednesday to delay a planned jobs speech to a joint session of Congress by one day after House Speaker John Boehner objected to the date the White House originally sought.

Obama had asked to address Congress with his much-anticipated jobs proposal at 8 p.m. EDT next Wednesday, a time that would have overlapped with a previously scheduled Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, sponsored by NBC News and POLITICO.

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Obama Caves; Will Reschedule Jobs Speech After Objection by John Boehner – Report 8/31/11

Oh my.

It appears Gov. Sarah Palin is back on the program to speak at a Tea Party Rally in Indianola, Iowa this coming Saturday, September 3. CNN reports she agreed to speak after Christine O’Donnell was once again “dis-invited” from the program at the request of “Palin’s camp”:

CNN POLITICAL TICKER: She’s in again.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is set to appear at a tea party rally in Iowa Saturday, a source close to Palin told CNN. And Christine O’Donnell is out (again), the source said.

Palin had initially accepted an invitation to speak at the Saturday’s “Restoring America Event” in Indianola, an event that generated national buzz as Palin approaches a final decision about whether to run for president.

But members of Palin’s staff indicated Wednesday that her appearance was being put “on hold” due to “planning issues” and concerns that the group behind the event, Tea Party of America, was being “dishonest” about the speaking program.

After the confusion, rally organizers “stepped up their game today” and “sorted out” various logistical issues that had concerned the governor’s aides, the Palin source told CNN Wednesday afternoon.

The source said event organizers had been sending them “mixed messages” about the program – including the question of whether O’Donnell, the former Delaware Senate candidate whom Palin endorsed in 2010, would participate.

O’Donnell was, for the second time in 48 hours, removed from the program Wednesday afternoon.

Representatives for O’Donnell did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment Wednesday, but Ken Crow, one of the rally organizers, told the Des Moines Register that he dis-invited O’Donnell at the Palin camp’s request.

The Palin source said O’Donnell’s representatives misled the tea party group about the extent of the governor’s relationship with O’Donnell. . . . Read More

Report: Sarah Palin Confirmed Back on Tea Party Rally Program in Iowa for Saturday; Christine O’Donnell Off Again

House Speaker John Boehner has responded to President Obama’s request for a Joint Session of Congress to hear him unveil his new “Jobs Plan” – at the same time GOP Presidential Candidates are to debate at the Reagan Library – with a letter telling him it won’t work. Boehner instead invited Obama to come Thursday night, September 8, one day after the Presidential Debate.

Way to go, John!

House Speaker John Boehner Sends Letter to Obama Telling Him GOP Debate Night, September 7, Won’t Work for a Joint Session of Congress

BREAKING: President Obama is reportedly asking for a Joint Session of Congress next Wednesday, September 7, at 8 PM ET to set forth his vaunted new “jobs plan.” It just so happens, that is at the exact time Republican Presidential Candidates have long been scheduled for a Presidential Debate at the Reagan Library in California on NBC.

Fox News’ Ed Henry asks if the President is perhaps trying “overshadow” the GOP Candidates? Obama wouldn’t be that small, would he?

UPDATE: Here’s the PDF of Obama’s Letter requesting the Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, September 7, at 8:00 PM.

BREAKING: President Obama Asks for Joint Session of Congress to Lay Out “Jobs Plan” Wednesday, September 7 – at the Same Time GOP Presidential Debate Scheduled

Wow.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning that Gov. Sarah Palin has “put on hold” her appearance at a Tea Party Rally in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday because of “continual lying” by event organizers. There was a bizarre mixup two days ago over whether Christine O’Donnell would also speak at the rally, which many believe Palin will use to announce she is – or is not – running for President. At first it was reported O’Donnell would speak, having asked if there was a slot for her to do so. But then, organizers said she would not, after reportedly getting many emails from people complaining she had been scheduled to speak. Now this:

WALL STREET JOURNAL (WASHINGTON WIRE): Sarah Palin’s Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.

The person said Ms. Palin’s appearance was “no longer confirmed” and cited “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak.

Ms. Palin is known for last-minute schedule changes that whipsaw supporters and media across the country. But the latest decision is puzzling. Ms. Palin’s speech at the rally was viewed as her most high-profile appearance of the summer, fueling speculation she was indeed plotting to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

Attendees were reportedly traveling from across the U.S. to attend the rally in Iowa, which holds the nation’s first nominating contest next year.

The former governor will now appear at a Friday event in Des Moines sponsored by the group Conservatives4Palin. It is currently scheduled for 8 p.m. at The Machine Shed Restaurant, though the location will probably have to be changed, the person close to Ms. Palin said. Ms. Palin is still scheduled to appear at a Tea Party Express tour stop Monday in New Hampshire.

Ms. Palin may still hold an event Saturday, the person said, though she has no firm plans. It’s also possible she could still attend the Indianola tea party rally, the person said. . . . Read More

It’s hard to know what is going on here. But if Sarah Palin intends to run for President, she had better get on top of this mess now.

WSJ Reports that Sarah Palin has “Put on Hold” Her Appearance at an Iowa Tea Party Event Saturday

New Poll – 2012 GOP Nomination – National

8/16-27/11

Quinnipiac

Perry

24

Romney

18

Palin

11

Bachmann

10

Paul

9

Cain

5

Gingrich

3

Santorum

1

McCotter

1

Huntsman

1

 

New Poll – 2012 GOP Nomination – National

8/25-29/11

Zogby Interactive

Perry

41

Romney

12

Paul

11

Bachmann

9

Cain

8

Gingrich

3

Santorum

3

Huntsman

3

Johnson

<1

Karger

<1

 

Two new national polls are out on the 2012 GOP Presidential Nomination race. Both show Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading the GOP Field.

Quinnipiac has Perry leading Mitt Romney 24%-18%, with Sarah Palin third at 11%.

A new Zogby Interactive Poll has Perry moving out to a huge lead over Mitt Romney at 41%-12%.

I don’t think there’s any doubt now that Rick Perry has become the clear GOP front-runner. While I’m sure he’s not leading by 29-points, as Zogby shows, he has had quite a month. The real question now is whether he can maintain it once the GOP Debates take place in September.

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Two More National Polls Show Texas Gov. Rick Perry as the GOP Presidential Front-Runner

Here is video of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker telling CNN’s Piers Morgan that he thinks a Rick Perry – Mitt Romney (or vice versa) Presidential ticket would be a strong one against President Obama.

Walker said he would urge them to focus on “fixing the economy,” because right now, “everything else is a sideshow.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a Possible “Rick Perry – Mitt Romney” Presidential Ticket – Video 8/30/11

It appears Mitt Romney has decided to reverse himself and attend Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Candidate Forum” in South Carolina on Labor Day. He had previously said he would not attend. But with Rick Perry moving to a large lead in South Carolina, he has now found time in his schedule. The event will be held on Labor Day, September 5, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina, at 3 PM ET. At this point, the other candidates expected to attend are Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Ron Paul, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and Herman Cain:

WASHINGTON POST (RIGHT TURN): Right Turn has learned that, after several weeks of schedule adjustment, Mitt Romney will now appear at the candidate forum hosted by Sen. Jim DeMint in South Carolina. The Romney camp dismisses the suggestion that this is in response to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s rise in the polls. Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tells me: “We’re pleased we were able to arrange our schedule so that Gov. Romney can attend Labor Day events in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.” . . . Read More

The Candidate Forum will be broadcast live on South Carolina Educational Television.

Mitt Romney Reverses Himself; Decides to Attend Sen. Jim DeMint’s “Candidate Forum” in South Carolina on Labor Day

Here is video of Charles Krauthammer on with Bill O’Reilly saying President Obama is trying to use regulations imposed by Federal Agencies to make good on his promise to radically “transform America.”

Krauthammer: Obama Using Regulations Imposed by Federal Agencies to Radically Transform America – Video 8/30/11

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Here is audio of Gov. Rick Perry being interviewed on the Sean Hannity Radio Program today.

Perry said the media is using the same kind of attacks against him as what they used against Ronald Reagan. But he said what Americans care about is getting America working again.

He said about President Obama:

“What’s dumb is to oversee an economy that has lost that many millions of jobs – to put unemployment numbers that over his four years will stay probably at 9% – to download the credit of this great country – to put fiscal policies in place that were a disaster back in the 30’s and try ’em again in the 2000’s – that’s what I consider to be the definition of dumb.”

Perry went on to say he has encountered two powerful emotions in his campaigning around the country thus far. One is palpable fear that he sees in the eyes of people, in addition to the excitement of seeing a Presidential Candidate.

Perry said Obama has made a big mistake by surrounding himself with a bunch of intellectuals who “are not wise.” He has a lot of “smart people” around him, but not people who have “wisdom” when it comes to the economy in particular.

“There is a way to spread the wealth around,” Perry said, “and that’s by creating jobs.”

Perry said there is no rift between himself and either former President Bush – 41, 43.

Via HotAirPundit

Gov. Rick Perry Interview on Sean Hannity Radio Program; Calls Obama’s Economic Policies “Dumb” – Audio 8/30/11

New Poll – 2012 GOP Nomination – South Carolina

8/25-28/11

PPP

Perry

36

Romney

13

Palin

10

Cain

9

Bachmann

7

Gingrich

7

Paul

5

Santorum

4

Huntsman

2

 

A new Public Policy Polling poll out of South Carolina shows Gov. Rick Perry opening up a 23-point lead over Gov. Mitt Romney, 36%-13%.

Gov. Sarah Palin runs third in the poll with 10%, followed by Herman Cain at 9%. Michele Bachmann has dropped back to 7%, tied with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Perry has had a great month, but it is still too early to tell whether he is just enjoying a great bounce from his entry into the race, or whether a more fundamental and lasting shift has taken place.

Check the latest averages from the first five early-voting states, and check for all the latest polls and national averages.

Poll: Gov. Rick Perry Surges to 23-Point Lead in South Carolina over GOP Presidential Field – 8/30/11

(Fox News) — Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

Melson’s step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson.

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ATF Director Reassigned Over ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal – Report 8/30/11


Vice President Dick Cheney talks with Rush Limbaugh about his new book, “In My Time,” and his years of service to the country. Limbaugh told Cheney that he is “a great man” for devoting his life to serve his country.

H/t: Daily Rushbo

Dick Cheney Talks with Rush Limbaugh About His New Book – Audio 8/30/11

Though it does not appear anyone is ready to challenge Barack Obama for the 2012 Democrat Presidential Nomination, a new poll indicates more than 1 in 4 Democrats want to throw Obama over the side and find a different nominee for their party:

WASHINGTON EXAMINER: A new poll by CNN and ORC International finds that 27 percent of Democrats would like to see their party nominate a candidate other than Barack Obama for president in 2012.

In response to the question, “Do you think the Democratic party should renominate Barack Obama as the party’s candidate for president in 2012, or do you think the Democratic party should nominate a different candidate for president in 2012?” — 72 percent said they wanted to see Obama renominated. But 27 percent, slightly more than one in every four, said they wanted to see Democrats nominate a different candidate. One percent had no opinion. . . . Read More

Poll: More than 1 in 4 Democrats Ready to Throw Obama Over the Side for Someone Else – 8/29/11

This Saturday, September 3, both Gov. Sarah Palin and former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will speak to a Tea Party Event in Iowa. CNN is reporting that O’Donnell yesterday essentially invited herself to the event, and Palin is expected to make a “major statement” during her speech, which will close the event:

CNN POLITICAL TICKER: Former Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will join Sarah Palin as a speaker at a tea party rally this weekend in Iowa, one of the event’s organizers told CNN. A representative of O’Donnell, who is traveling the country to promote her book “Troublemaker,” approached the rally’s representatives Monday to ask if there was room for her to speak, Charlie Gruschow, national co-chairman of the Iowa-based Tea Party of America, said. And there was.

No other national leaders will address the rally, Gruschow said. Palin, who is considering a presidential run, is slated as the event’s closing speaker on Saturday afternoon.

Palin’s address is drawing interest from around the nation, according to Gruschow, who said he has not been given any additional information on what the former Alaska governor may discuss at the event.

“She will make a major statement at the event,” Gruschow said last week. “Whether it be an announcement to run, not to run, or lay a marker in the sand for other candidates.” . . . . Read More

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that O’Donnell will NOT speak at the event after all. They say Tea Party Organizers withdrew the invitation to O’Donnell “after receiving numerous emails” from Tea Party folks “disappointed” that O’Donnell would be speaking:

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell will not speak at a tea party event featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Indianola, Iowa, this weekend, an organizer told Washington Wire.

“I made a mistake,” said Ken Crow, president of Tea Party of America. “I assumed there was an open slot and there wasn’t.”

Tea Party of America’s cofounder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s after receiving numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”

“We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.” . . . Read More

CNN: Christine O’Donnell Invites Herself to Speak at Iowa Tea Party Event with Sarah Palin; “Major Statement” Coming from Palin UPDATE: WSJ Says O’Donnell Won’t Speak After All

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