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SUNDAY STUDY GUIDE - RNC and DNC Chairs, Santorum, roundtable

RNC Chair Reince Priebus & DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz

  • After he was elected to chair the RNC in January of this year, the New York Times wrote this piece on Priebus. It said humility was, "a key selling point," for Mr. Priebus during his campaign to replace former RNC chair Michael Steele
  • When Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected to head the DNC, Politico described her as, "as a sharp partisan with an outspoken style."
  • The New York Times cites Wasserman Schultz's years spent on the House's Democratic Campaign Committee as good preparation for her job as DNC chair where she'll have to "rally Democrats to give money and time, swatting away Republican barbs and defending President Obama at every turn." 
  • The Hill reports that Priebus criticized Wasserman Schultz's reaction to the recent scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY). The article cited this tweet

Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) - Republican Presidential Candidate

  • After Santorum announced his candidacy, The New York Times wrote this piece on Santorum. It said he is widely known for his strong stance on social issues despite a record of foreign policy work in the Senate. 
  • The Washington Post says Santorum is offering himself "as the tried-and-true candidate conservatives can count on — like an old shoe that fits better than anything new." This article also looks at the former Senator's faith and family. 
  • Santorum lost his Senate seat to Bob Casey in 2006. The Washington Post reported that when he called Casey to congratulate him, Casey said, "He talked about one thing, he talked about the future, and I appreciate that because American politics more than ever ... has to be as much about healing as it is about debates on issues." 
  • In this interview with Real Clear Politics after announcing his candidacy, Santorum said he supported Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal. He also said the president handled Libya poorly, but has done a good job in Iraq.

Roundtable - Reed, Murphy, Wolffe, Strassel

  • In charge of the ninth largest metropolitan area in the U.S., Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed juggles a national and a local profile. The Associated Press writes in this article that Reed wants to be a hands-on manager of local issues while simultaneously "selling the city" to the world as "the most important city in the South."
  • In his latest column for Time Magazine, GOP strategist Mike Murphy said demographics could play a key role in the 2012 election. "The 2012 election is shaping up as a battle between economics and demographics. The economy is threatening to end the President's political career. The demographics of a changing America might just re-elect him," Murphy said.
  • Richard Wolffe's best-selling book on President Obama, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House is getting an update. Publisher's Weekly is reporting that Revival 2.0: How the Obama White House Is Making Its Political Comeback was released Friday as an e-book. The report says Revival 2.0 will include, "the president’s reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden; the inside story of the overhaul of senior White House staff; the contentious internal debate over the response to the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya; and the campaign strategy for the 2012 election."
  • In this recent article for The Wall Street Journal, columnist Kim Strassel writes, "The stakes in 2012 are high. Mr. Obama is a sitting president. It will take a mighty GOP nominee (not to mention a lot of luck) to knock him off."