Want to know what's popping in campaign news? Meet our column "Trail Mix" -- your guide to the fun, the quirky, and, oh yeah, the news from the 2012 campaign trail.
I was born here
At a campaign event Friday in Michigan, Mitt Romney told the crowd:
"Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital. I was born in Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised (cheers from the crowd)."
Was that a dig at Obama, or just crowd-pleaser line? You decide. (By the way, Obama has also joked about the whole birth certificate controversy).
Mitt Romney's wife Ann was supposed to speak on the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. That was the plan.
Well, plans change.
The RNC confirmed late Friday afternoon that she will speak Tuesday night.
The early bird gets the worm
The New York Times' Jeff Zeleny reports that Romney's "quest to formally win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination is coming two days earlier than expected."
In other words: He will be nominated as the party's presidential candidate on Monday -- not Wednesday as it usually is -- in order to "keep the official business of the roll call delegate vote from competing with broader themes of introducing Mr. Romney."
Speaking of Mr. Paul
Politico puts it this way: "The Republican establishment has quelled the Ron Paul Revolution, at least for 2012. Using a mix of charm and procedural hardball, Mitt Romney's campaign and his allies who control the Republican National Committee have ensured that the Texas congressman will neither speak nor be formally nominated at next week’s convention. It’s a significant victory for Romney, who could have been faced with a raucous rebellion from the Paul crowd if he hadn’t extended an early, and diplomatic, olive branch to what’s become a key constituency."
But Paul will get a tribute video during the convention, the Washington Post reports.
“Congressman Paul’s people came to us and said we’d like to do a short tribute to him, and we said absolutely,” Romney campaign strategist Russ Schriefer said.
Now about you little guys ...
At a fundraiser in Minnesota Thursday night, Romney said big businesses are "doing fine."
“I’m going to champion small business. We’ve got to make it easier for small businesses. Big business is doing fine in many places -- they get the loans they need, they can deal with all the regulation,” he said. “They know how to find ways to get through the tax code, save money by putting various things in the places where there are low tax havens around the world for their businesses, but small business is getting crushed.”
Photo of the day: The stage is set!
Wall Street Journal: Mitt Romney: What I Learned at Bain Capital
New York Observer: Booker tells chairs he's weighing 2013 gubernatorial run
The Daily Beast: When did the GOP get so white?
Former Vice President Dan Quayle to Time magazine: "Most people say, 'Gosh, you don't look like you do on TV.' And I say, 'When's the last time you saw me on TV?'"
GOP consultant Mark McKinnon to the Washington Post on George W. Bush: "He is completely unfazed by any criticism."