Arizona rekindles the national immigration debate, Missouri Senate candidate Robin Carnahan (D) will finally appear with President Obama and Gov. Charlie Crist (R) has three days to decided his future.
Take 'em away boys
The passage of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law has dragged the issue of immigration reform back into the national spotlight. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) suggested last week that he'll prioritize an immigration bill before energy reform. A best case scenario for Democrats' chances in November may be to appear to be working on the issue, while refraining from passing actual legislation.
President Obama acknowledged in a web video Monday that Latino voters were a key party of the coalition "who powered our victory in 2008," so giving them something to vote for in the midterms could help his party.
The Arizona bill may also be a wedge issue to corner Republicans on. The Florida Democratic Party sent out a release Tuesday that asked, "What do Crist and Rubio think of the AZ immigration law?" Put another way the question is, do Republicans support racial profiling? GOP candidates better get familiar with Arizona's new statute.
No longer ships in the night
Carnahan, the likely Democratic nominee for Senate in Missouri, will appear with Obama Wednesday when he stops in Macon as part of his "Main Street Tour," according to the Kansas City Star. It may be a sign that the president's numbers are improving in the Midwest. Earlier this year, Carnahan opted to be in DC for a fundraiser instead of joining Obama at an event for Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in St. Louis.
Fancy meeting you here
Crist showed up at the ribbon cutting for a road construction project near the Miami International Airport Monday. Asked why he was at an event for a project funded by the stimulus program, Crist said: "Because it creates jobs for the people of Florida that I work for and that is first and foremost in my mind."
He maintains he hasn't made up his mind about an Independent run for Senate, but he certainly appears to be positioning himself that way. One concern, though, is would he refund the donations he received from people who thought of him as a Republican?
Crist: "You know, I think that's a decision that you have to make if you made a decision to go independent. I haven't made that decision yet."
Florida's filing deadline is Friday.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) wishes he could make it a trilogy.
"I'm one of those governors that actually, you know, wouldn't mind staying in another term as governor," Schwarzenegger said Monday at a press conference in Beverly Hills with Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) and Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R)
"I totally agree what you say, Gov. Doyle, that after two terms you should get out and you should have a new breed of people come in and all that," Schwarzenegger said, according to the Sacramento Bee. "But there is also, you must admit, there's things that you see that you have started and you see movement, and all of a sudden you feel like it needs the follow through. You know, to go all the way, just like in the golf stroke, follow through, or in the tennis stroke, follow through. And now all of a sudden you're not there to follow through."