(CNN) – Sen. Claire McCaskill is using her rival Todd Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" in a new television ad, part of a statewide buy in Missouri for the incumbent Democrat.
The ad frames Akin as out of touch with Missouri voters, also hitting the Republican congressman for his stance on social security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans.
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - If there's one thing we learned from Mitt Romney during the course of CNN's interview with the GOP nominee in Ohio Tuesday, it's that he plans to aggressively stay on the attack against President Barack Obama in the final six weeks of the campaign.
Consider his comments on the diplomatic attack that left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead in Libya. Romney has criticized the president for calling recent events in the Middle East "bumps in the road" and suggested Obama had labeled Stevens' death one of those "bumps."
Washington (CNN) - Instead giving in to fellow Republicans desperate for him to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, a defiant Todd Akin gathered conservative supporters and launched a campaign bus tour.
"I have one purpose going into November and that's replacing [Democratic Senator] Claire McCaskill," the congressman said to an applauding crowd in St. Louis on Tuesday, the last day state law permitted him to remove his name from the ballot.
Vandalia, Ohio (CNN) – It’s a state that went for President Barack Obama in 2008, but Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are hoping Ohio will vote Republican this time around – after all, no Republican has advanced to the White House without winning the Buckeye State.
“I got my lucky Buckeye. My buddy Rob Portman gave me this lucky Buckeye. It means we are going to win Ohio,” Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee, said on Tuesday as he shared the stage with Romney and Portman, a U.S. Senator from Ohio.
(CNN) – Even the president is ready for the replacement refs to go.
On Twitter Tuesday, President Barack Obama wrote:
Washington (CNN) – The nation's highest ranking Mormon in elected office said Monday that Republican presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the remarks in a conference call Monday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Vandalia, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney defended his campaign's television ads Tuesday, saying they've been "absolutely spot on," including ads deemed false by independent fact checkers.
"Anytime there's been anything that's amiss we correct it or remove it," Romney told CNN.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad Tuesday in eight key battleground states, capitalizing on comments made by Mitt Romney at a private fund-raiser in May.
The ad is running in eight of the nine states CNN considers "toss ups"–New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada. The Obama campaign is not airing the ad in Wisconsin, a swing state where Obama has an advantage over Romney 52%-43%, according to a CNN Poll of Polls.
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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? REPLACEMENT REF DEBACLE GETS POLITICAL … After two blown calls snatched a victory from the Green Bay Packers, the fiasco with the National Football League and the replacement officials standing in for locked-out NFL regulars has begun to make its way into politics.
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NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs' lockout is settled soon. –bo
On the trail:
- Ryan compares NFL ref debacle to Obama administration –
REP. PAUL RYAN IN A CAMPAIGN SPEECH IN CINCINNATI: “I got to start off on something that was really troubling that occurred last night. Did you guys watch that Packers game last night? I mean, give me a break. It is time to get the real refs. And you know what it reminds me of - President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I have to think that these refs work part time for the Obama administration in the budget office. They see the national debt clock staring them in the face, they see a debt crisis and they just ignore and pretend it didn’t even happen. They’re trying to pick the winners and losers, and they don’t even do that very well.”