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CNN: Obama holds advantage in three swing states
A poll of voters in the key battleground states of Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin released Thursday shows President Obama with an advantage over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey indicates Obama pulling ahead among likely voters by five points in both Wisconsin and Colorado with 50% to Romney's 45%, a margin that is within the poll's sampling error. But in Iowa the president holds an eight point lead with 50% to Romney's 42%, which is outside the poll's sampling error.
CNN: Romney opens new line of attack against Obama
GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney launched a new line of attack against President Barack Obama on Thursday, seizing on comments Obama made about change in Washington earlier in the day. "The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside," Obama said Thursday afternoon. "The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can't change Washington from inside, he can only change it from outside," Romney thundered to an audience of several thousand in Sarasota. "Well, we're going to give him that chance in November. He's going outside!"
(CNN) – Republican nominee Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comment will put "a heavier burden on him in the debates," former President Bill Clinton said Thursday.
Fresh off a rousing speech to the Democratic National Convention, the popular Democrat told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Romney will have to further explain comments captured on a secretly recorded video at a private fund-raising event in May, where the GOP nominee said nearly half of Americans will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government and consider themselves "victims."
(CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has key billing in a new ad running in Florida.
The spot, produced by the independent group Secure America Now, shows Netanyahu voicing his concern about what he and other world leaders suspect is a nuclear program being pursued by Iran.
(CNN) – Ann Romney has a message for her husband's conservative critics: try walking a mile in her husband's shoes.
"Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring," she said in a Thursday interview with Radio Iowa.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his allies raised nearly $85 million in August, outpacing Romney's haul in the month which saw both parties’ national conventions, campaign finance paperwork filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission showed.
Obama's campaign spent heavily in the month, too, with their haul of $84.8 million just surpassing their $83.7 million in August spending.