Last man standing

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

April 25, 2012 1:16:04 PM PDT
Last night he vowed to keep fighting for the nomination till the Republicans meet in Tampa in late August.

Today Newt Gingrich told Mitt Romney and said he would endorse the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee next week - as he suspends his own star-crossed campaign for the White House.

So much for vows from politicians.

I know we shouldn't be surprised by the sudden about-face, but - and call me naïve - I still harbor a sliver of belief that what we hear someone say is what they believe.

Silly me?

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney has entered a new phase of his campaign, trying to bring together the various factions that made the GOP primary such a fascinating thing to watch these past few months.

His hope, clearly, is that the arch conservatives who vilified him dislike Pres. Obama more than Romney - and that they'll work hard on the Romney campaign.

We'll see.

As for Mr. Gingrich, there's all kind of speculation he'll end up at CNN, which raises all sorts of interesting questions. The former Speaker of the House was a Fox News contributor, but that relationship apparently soured. Gingrich has long slammed the "liberal lame stream media" - so if he ends up working for one of the networks perceived by conservatives as fitting that category - well, it'll be interesting to see how he plays it on air.

I'm just sayin'.

Meanwhile, the Romney VEEP sweeps are heating up. And one of those mentioned is U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. To quote the late Eldridge Cleaver in affairs of speculation: Those who know don't say, and those who say don't know.

That said, it should be noted that Sen. Rubio today delivered a "major" foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute - an attempt, some are saying, to highlight his "foreign policy credentials."

Why would he need to do that?

We'll have the latest from the campaign trail, tonight at 11.

There's been much discussion about our story last night - the man in Harlem who shot and killed his 13-year-old sister while she slept, and shot and wounded his mother. He then got in a shootout with two cops - he fired one shot, they fired 84 shots.

The shooting, say experts we talked to, was justified, given that the man was a murder suspect. And not your run-of-the-mill murder suspect to be sure.

But there's also debate about 84 shots being fired by two cops - who managed to hit the suspect at the most 14 times. That's a 16 percent marksmanship rate, and in the country's busiest city with so many people on the streets, it's a disturbing stat.

We're told the NYPD requires just once-a-year gun training of its officers. Is that enough? It's a question worth looking into.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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