OBAMA: Obama countered a charge from Romney that he's been weak in projecting American power abroad, but he skipped a chance to blast Romney and the rest of the GOP presidential field. Speaking in the White House Rose Garden alongside leaders of Mexico and Canada, Obama played the statesman's role. He said he's cutting his GOP critics "some slack" because they're still having a primary. But Obama did take exception to Romney's weekend remark that the president doesn't believe in "American exceptionalism," a reference to the unique role of the world's only superpower. Obama reminded listeners that the 2004 Democratic convention speech that thrust him into the national spotlight was all about "American exceptionalism."
WHERE THEY'LL BE TUESDAY:
— Gingrich: Delaware
— Paul: California
— Romney: Wisconsin
— Santorum: Pennsylvania
IN HIS WORDS
— "We're going to have a strong showing, maybe even sneak in and have an upset." — Santorum, on his showing in Wisconsin.
— "Gov. Romney doesn't have it locked down. And we have no obligation to back off and concede anything until he does." — Gingrich.
— "I will cut folks some slack for now, because they're still trying to get their nomination." — Obama, on Romney's criticism of him.
— "I'm still passionately in love with that woman." — Romney, referring to his wife, Ann.