(A Super Tuesday Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know)
Rick Santorum cooks fancy Italian meals– Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum‘s usually quiet wife, Karen, is out trying to show a softer side of the candidate. In an interview with CBS News, Karen attested to his domestic capabilities, saying he’s good at cooking “Chicken Marsala, Pasta Arrabiata – and pancakes with the kids.” She says it was a “love-at-first-sight kind of thing” when she met Rick. And to neutralize any idea that he might be a little anti-women, Karen said, “He completely supports well-educated career women. If I wanted to work full-time as a lawyer, he would have been 100 percent behind me.”
Ann Romney doesn’t even notice her millions– Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney‘s wife Ann is a lot more out front than Santorum’s wife, which inevitably leads to more scrutiny. Speaking with FNC’s Neil Cavuto on Monday, Ann said, “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” adding, “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.” In the full context, the quote is innocuous but the part about her not considering herself wealthy feeds into Mitt’s image of being out-of-touch. Therefore those are the comments making headlines.
Newt Gingrich: He’s absolutely fundamental! – Newt has acknowledged that in order for him to continue in the Republican presidential primary, he needs to win his home state of Georgia. While campaigning there today and differentiating himself from the other candidates, he resorted to using that time-tested Newt word we’ve come to know and love: fundamental. He said he’s the only GOP candidate who can “bring fundamental change” to the country. Talking on foreign policy regarding the Middle East yesterday, he said, “We need a fundamental conversation about the entire nature of our role in that entire region and we need to rethink what we’re doing across the whole region.”
Ron Paul will definitely come in second place in Virginia– Disorganization in their campaigns has left Gingrich and Santorum off the ballot in Virginia. That leaves Romney and Republican rival Ron Paul as the only two competing for the state’s 46 delegates. Over the weekend an NBC News/Marist poll has Romney at 69 percent and Paul at 26 percent. Sounds like a real nail biter.