Washington (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by Kansas billionaires Charles and David Koch plans to "essentially own the front page of YouTube" on Thursday, when Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney officially accepts the nomination in Tampa, according to Levi Russell the groups director of public affairs.
The group is buying the large banner space at the top of YouTube's main page. "We'll be running a poll on how visitors feel about President Obama and they'll have the ability to cycle through 3 of our most recent national TV spots," Russell said.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum, who at one point was Mitt Romney's top rival for the GOP presidential nomination, officially released his delegates Friday and encouraged them to back Romney at next week's Republican National Convention.
"I am pleased to share the news with my supporters that I am releasing my delegates in support of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan so we can go in to next week's convention united and committed to defeating Barack Obama in November," Santorum said in a Friday statement. "This is our opportunity to energize our party with a strong, conservative ticket. I look forward to making the case on Tuesday night for Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan, because I believe their conservative policies will put our country back on a path to prosperity."
Commerce, Michigan (CNN) - Mitt Romney denied in an interview Friday that his reference to a highly charged political symbol - a birth certificate – was anything more than simply of homecoming humor.
"No, no, not a swipe," Romney said in the CBS interview referring to President Obama and the conspiracy theories over whether he was born in the United States. "I've said throughout the campaign that and before, there's no question about where he was born."
Washington (CNN) - In the TV ad wars in the battle for the White House, the big question is when to spend.
And advertising patterns point out two very different philosophies between the campaigns of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - Mitt Romney's presidential campaign said Friday that they plan to air a video tribute to Rep. Ron Paul, his former Republican primary rival, during the second night of the Republican National Convention.
The olive branch from the Romney team comes after months of grassroots organizing by Paul's fiercely loyal supporters, some of whom had hoped to nominate the libertarian-leaning congressman on the convention floor.
(CNN) – A major conservative group said Friday it would continue its ad campaign featuring voters who supported President Barack Obama in 2008 but who are now critical of how he's handled the economy.
Americans for Prosperity, which is partially funded by the influential brothers Charles and David Koch, said it would spend $6 million to run the latest ad, which is the second this month that uses Obama supporters from four years ago to spotlight the president's economic record.
(CNN) – A super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates say they're going up with a TV ad Friday comparing Republican Rep. Connie Mack of Florida to Charlie Sheen, citing the congressman's past run-ins with the law.
"Republicans call him the Charlie Sheen on Florida politics," a narrator in the ad says. "Congressman Connie Mack IV. His record includes bar brawls, road rage, and resisting arrest. A past of debts and liens. An overdrawn checking account while in Congress. A loan from dad to pay his taxes. His yacht club sued him. The condo association took him to court. Now he's running for Senate. But Florida families can't afford Connie Mack's party tab."
(CNN) – Newark Mayor Cory Booker will help reveal his party's platform at the upcoming Democratic National Convention, the event's organizers announced Friday.
Booker will join retired Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy, who opposed Don't Ask Don't Tell, the military policy banning gays and lesbians that was ended by President Barack Obama. The platform will be unveiled on Tuesday, September 4, the first day of the Democratic Convention.
(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan will campaign together Friday, holding a joint event at a family farm in Commerce, Michigan - just a half hour from where Romney grew up in Bloomfield Hills. Following the event, Romney will head to Ohio for the evening. Ryan will remain in Detroit for a fund-raiser.
President Barack Obama will attend meetings at the White House Friday. He will leave for Camp David in the evening. Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden will head to the Hamptons Friday evening to raise some campaign cash with the likes of actors Nathan Lane, Julianne Moore and Edie Falco.
See the full schedule after the jump.
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CNN: Reporter: Romney campaign didn't allow abortion questions
While the campaign did not deny the restriction was given, a spokesman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign pushed back Thursday against a report that a television reporter was instructed not to ask Romney certain questions in an interview. In response to the charge, a Romney campaign official told CNN, "This is not how we operate. The matter is being addressed."
CNN: Capitol Police, FBI investigating threat against Akin
U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI are investigating a reported threat against Rep. Todd Akin, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. There is "an active, open investigation, Lt. Kimberly Schneider said, without revealing further details, citing a policy against discussing the security of members of Congress.