Mitt Romney made his presidential candidacy "official" today. We hear what he said, why he said it in New Hampshire, and look at the rest of a sprawling Republican field. Also, troubling signs of a slowing recovery, and the food pyramid morphs into a plate.
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The federal government's food pyramid has been refined for decades, most recently in 2005, when colored bars and a stick figure were adopted. One prominent nutritionist called it "foodless and useless." In the midst of an obesity epidemic, First Lady Michelle Obama stood in her White House garden today to officially unveil the new symbol, a plate divided into four sections with one-word labels. James Painter, Chair of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, has studied government food icons from 66 countries.
James Painter, Eastern Illinois University
Mitt Romney's second campaign for President is old news, so today's "official" announcement at Bittersweet Farm in Strathum, New Hampshire was supposed to show the media it's time to get serious. But Sarah Palin gets massive news coverage just by riding a Harley or eating pizza with Donald Trump on a trip she insists is not really political. In Iowa, Tim Pawlenty does it the old fashioned way — meeting with small groups of voters — while candidates who aren't even running get the attention. Can Romney maintain his Republican front-runner status? Can the GOP agree on a message against incumbent Democrat, Barack Obama?
Andrew E. Smith, University of New Hampshire (@smithanh)
Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News
Ryan Lizza, New Yorker magazine (@RyanLizza)
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
Susan Milligan, US News and World Report (@MilliganSusan)