Koch brother breaks from GOP, supports gay marriage – Fox News

Billionaire businessman David Koch has helped direct millions to Republican candidates but he disagrees with the party on gay marriage.

The Libertarian-minded Koch — whose brother, Charlie, also is a big GOP supporter — made the remarks Thursday on the sidelines of the Republican National Convention.

“I believe in gay marriage,” the 72-year-old Koch told Politico. He was in Tampa as a New York delegate and to attend an event held by Americans for Prosperity — the political advocacy group he helps fund and lead.

He also told the newspaper the U.S. military should withdraw from the Middle East and that the federal government should consider tax increases and defense-spending cuts to improve fiscal woes.

via Koch brother breaks from GOP, supports gay marriage – Fox News.

Obama’s Odds of Reelection Increased After Romney’s Acceptance Speech

How bad was Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech? According to Intrade, the odds of Obama being reelected have increased from 55.7% before the speech to 56.8% after.

Bloomberg reported that, “The odds that President Barack Obama will be re-elected on Nov. 6 rose to 56.8 percent after the Republicans concluded their nominating convention, according to online prediction market Intrade. Obama’s odds, at 10:21 a.m. New York time, compared with a 43.3 percent chance for a victory by Republican nominee Mitt Romney, according to bets made at the Dublin-based bookmaker. Obama’s chances increased from 55.7 percent yesterday, while Romney’s dropped slightly from 43.4 percent.”

via Obama's Odds of Reelection Increased After Romney's Acceptance Speech.

Romney Trails Clint Eastwood’s Empty Chair After Convention : The New Yorker

Romney Trails Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair After Convention : The New Yorker.

GOP Convention 2012: MSNBC hosts jump on Gov. Scott Walker – Tim Mak – POLITICO.com

Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) was confronted on-air Wednesday evening by a group of progressive MSNBC hosts, including Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton.

Speaking with NBC’s Ron Mott on the convention floor after Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Fla., Walker said he was moved by a reference to a GM plant in Wisconsin that was closed despite President Barack Obama’s promise to the contrary.

“Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: ‘I believe that if our government is there to support you… this plant will be here for another hundred years.’ That’s what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day,” said Ryan during his convention speech.

But then a group of MSNBC hosts jumped into the conversation, including Maddow, Schultz and Sharpton. Maddow questioned the veracity of Ryan and Walker’s claims, pointing out that the plant in question was closed in December 2008, before Obama took office.

via GOP Convention 2012: MSNBC hosts jump on Gov. Scott Walker – Tim Mak – POLITICO.com.

Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech – PostPartisan – The Washington Post

Yesterday, at an ABC News panel, Mitt Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.” Wednesday’s speech from Paul Ryan certainly took that disdain for truth to heart, as his address was filled with falsehoods from start to finish.

via Paul Ryan’s breathtakingly dishonest speech – PostPartisan – The Washington Post.

An evolving GOP platform – The Washington Post

An evolving GOP platform – The Washington Post.

Obama Goes After Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney Pollster, Over Controversial Comment

At a campaign event on Wednesday, President Barack Obama latched onto remarks made by Neil Newhouse, a pollster for Mitt Romney, who said this week the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign would not “be dictated by fact-checkers.”

Speaking to a crowd in Virginia, Obama brought up the Romney camp’s sustained attacks on his welfare waiver policy. The ads have been widely panned for being factually inaccurate.

“I mean, somebody was challenging one of their ads — they made it up — about work and welfare. And every outlet said, this is just not true. And they were asked about it and they said — one of their campaign people said, we won’t have the fact-checkers dictate our campaign,” Obama said. “We will not let the truth get in the way.”

Obama was referencing comments Newhouse made at a panel organized by ABC News on Tuesday.

via Obama Goes After Neil Newhouse, Mitt Romney Pollster, Over Controversial Comment.