Politics Today: Breitbart's Last TV Appearance, Birth Control Amendment Rejected, And More
Breitbart's Last Television Appearance: Andrew Breitbart, the conservative activist, author and blogger, made what turned out to be his last television appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Tuesday. Breitbart was on the show to discuss the upcoming Super Tuesday primaries. He died suddenly Wednesday night of natural causes. He was 43 years old. Here's video from his appearance on "Piers Morgan":
Senate Rejects Blunt Amendment: The U.S. Senate voted 51-48 on Thursday to reject the controversial Blunt Amendment. The amendment, if passed, would have overridden President Obama's new birth control rule, while allowing employers to deny contraceptive coverage on the basis they objected for "moral reasons." Three Democrats - Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia - voted with Republicans in favor of the amendment. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - who announced earlier this week that she would not seek re-election - was the only Republican to break party ranks and vote with the Democrats.
Romney wins Another Primary: Mitt Romney's having a good week. In addition to the Arizona and Michigan primaries, Romney has also been declared the winner of the Wyoming caucuses. Romney won with 39 percent of the vote, while Rick Santorum finished second with 32 percent. Ron Paul was third with 20 percent, while Gingrich finished last with 8 percent. According to CNN: "Of the 26 delegates at stake, CNN estimates Romney will pick up 10, while Santorum will take in nine delegates, Paul will receive six and Gingrich one."
Romney Wins Michigan Delegate Count: Michigan Republicans are breaking party rules and are voting to allocate two at-large delegates to Mitt Romney. According to the Detroit Free-Press, the GOP is supposed to award the delegates on a proportional basis. Romney bested Rick Santorum in the Tuesday primary 41% to 38%. The rest of the delegates, however, were awarded proportionally. The final delegate tally in Michigan: Romney, 16; Santorum, 14.
Gingrich Says He Must Win Georgia: Newt Gingrich, who has fared poorly in the most recent GOP presidential nominating contests, on Thursday acknowledged he must win his home state of George in next week's Super Tuesday primary in order to stay "credible" in the Republican White House race. So far, the only primary Gingrich has won has been in neighboring South Carolina.
Palin Calls Lashes Out At "Game Change" Portrayal: Sarah Palin is fighting back against in how she is portrayed in the upcoming HBO movie based on the best-selling book, "Game Change." Palin released a web video in which she calls the portrayal fiction, despite the fact that she hasn't even seen the movie. Here's the video: