Weekly roundup: BU experts on Ann Romney, MA House race, Mitt Romney, & GOP VP prospects

April 20th, 2012

Below is a sampling of quotes by BU experts on the road to power:

7 surprising facts about Ann Romney (This Week): “She definitely hurt him in that race [MA Senate race 1994]. Now, she seems much better at retail politics than her husband.” Tom Whalen, College of General Studies

After ruling, public broadcasters ponder political ads (Boston Globe): “This opens a family-sized can of worms for public broadcasting stations. There’s a ton of political money out there. They want some of that. But they have to weigh that revenue against the potential fallout.’’ John Carroll, College of Communication

Sean Bielat open to super PAC $upport (Boston Herald): “They (the Bielat camp) need every resource they can command in this fight, because it’s going to be quite an effort to take on a Kennedy in Massachusetts.” Tom Whalen

Ann Romney in the spotlight (PoliticoArena): “Given Mitt Romney’s problems with women voters in the most recent polls, I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a lot more of Ann Romney on the campaign trail from here on in.” Tom Whalen

Why the GOP loves to hate the Democrats’ Buffett rule (Christian Science Monitor): “Just by calling it the ‘Buffett rule’ that’s sort of puts the ball more in the Democrats’ court. The rule itself, he adds, is a policy puff ball, but the fairness argument will be front and center for both parties this election cycle. Fairness will be further defined as we get out of the summer and into the fall. Right now, the frame is more successful for the Democrats.” Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication

Can Romney campaign shrug off Nugent tirade? (PoliticoArena): “Ted Nugent? Didn’t he go the way of pet rocks, platform shoes, and mood rings?” Tom Whalen

Will Romney lurch to the center? (CNN.com): “With the inevitability of Mitt Romney’s GOP presidential nomination now assured, the next question looming in this long, twisted election cycle is likely to be this: Which Mitt Romney will be running against President Barack Obama?” Fred Bayles, College of Communication

Broadside: Who will be Mitt’s running mate? (NECN): John Carroll analyzes prospective VP candidates for Mitt Romney.

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