Political news in brief
Jobs report leaves campaigns wary
WASHINGTON ó The nationís steady-but-modest job growth presents political challenges for both of Novemberís all-but-certain presidential rivals.
Republican Mitt Romney needs an ailing economy to fully exploit his image as a ďMr. Fix-ItĒ who can heal the nationís financial health.
President Barack Obama needs job-creation momentum to persuade voters that things are moving in the right direction even if millions of people remain unemployed.
Fridayís neither-hot-nor-cold jobs report leaves both campaigns unsure of whether they can sell their narratives.
Employers added 120,000 jobs last month. Thatís half the December-February pace and well short of the 210,000 economists were expecting.
The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in February to 8.2 percent. Thatís the lowest level since about the time Obama took office.
Santorumís daughter hospitalized again
Rick Santorumís youngest daughter, Bella, who suffers from a severe genetic disorder, has been hospitalized, the presidential candidateís campaign announced Friday.
ďRick and his wife Karen have taken their daughter Bella to the hospital. The family requests prayers and privacy as Bella works her way to recovery,Ē spokesman Hogan Gidley said.
Bella was born in 2008 with Trisomy 18, a rare defect in which a baby has an extra chromosome that results in abnormal development of the brain and major organs. Only one in 10 babies born with the disorder survive the first year of life.
Santorum was celebrating the Easter holiday weekend with his family in Virginia when Bella, 3, was taken to the hospital. Earlier this year, Bella was hospitalized with pneumonia, prompting Santorum to leave the campaign trail before the Florida primary.