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Romney points to restored bridge as Obama failure

May 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney on Friday criticized a restored 19th century bridge as another "Bridge to Nowhere" and a fresh symbol of the waste he says is rampant in President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan.

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AdWatch: Romney "day one" vows are missing caveats

May 18, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — TITLE: "Day One"

LENGTH: 30 seconds

AIRING: Romney is spending roughly $1.3 million to run the ad in Iowa, North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio

KEY IMAGES: Romney does not speak in the ad, which shows video and still photos of him speaking to ...

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With cookies and conversations, Romney tries charm

May 18, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney is on a charm offensive.

He took reporters' questions after a campaign rally Thursday instead of keeping them at bay. He brought them warm chocolate chip cookies for the flight from Jacksonville to Palm Beach, Fla. After he ...

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Once an Obama coup, Indiana less a battleground

May 18, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama was the first Democrat in 44 years to win Indiana in the 2008 presidential race. A repeat coup seems doubtful this year.

Even Democrats see the current political environment in this conservative-leaning state as far more ...

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Senator wants parties to refund convention money

May 18, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator has asked both political parties to refund the millions of federal dollars each has received to help pay for this summer's presidential nominating conventions.

In a letter to leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said the ...

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Romney, GOP guvs have differing takes on economy

May 18, 2012

By BOB LEWIS and PHILLIP RAWLS, Associated Press

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell runs TV ads hailing the state's business growth. Ohio Gov. John Kasich tells anyone who will listen that 100,000 jobs have been created or retained on his watch. And Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ...

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House OKs $642 billion defense bill

May 18, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a $642 billion defense bill despite a White House veto threat.

The vote Friday was 299-120. The bill breaks the deficit-cutting agreement that President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans backed last summer, instead ...

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THE RACE: Obama, Romney working to stay on message

May 18, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are being buffeted by crosswinds as Obama fights to keep his job and Romney works to wrest it from him. Both know where they want to go, but getting there is something else.

Romney is trying to pivot from ...

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Romney Releases First General Election TV Ad

May 18, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's first general-election TV commercial promises he would introduce tax cuts and approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline on the first day of his presidency.

The Republican candidate released the ad Friday, coupling it with a fundraising ...

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Expert: Election 2012 is 'Going to Be Rough'

May 18, 2012

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early border skirmishes of Campaign 2012 are reviving questions about one candidate's former pastor and shining a spotlight on the other's high school hijinks. Can a fresh round of questions about President Barack Obama's birth certificate be ...

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Romney denounces idea of Obama-Wright campaign ads

May 17, 2012

By BETH FOUHY and PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Mitt Romney swiftly and firmly distanced himself Thursday from a group exploring plans to target President Barack Obama's relationship with a controversial former pastor. But the revival of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as a ...

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Romney's April money suggests GOP rallying for him

May 17, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney and his Republican Party raised $40 million in April, an unexpectedly strong haul in the first month of the general campaign that illustrates enthusiasm within the GOP and threatens President Barack Obama's overwhelming cash ...

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AP Interview: Walker not afraid to lose recall

May 17, 2012

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

HARTLAND, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday he's not afraid to lose the historic recall election he faces in less than three weeks, but if he wins he intends to govern in a more inclusive, consensus-building way.

Walker, the 44-year-old son of ...

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Billionaire tied to Wright ad blitz a rising force

May 17, 2012

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wealthy executive who considered and then dropped a proposal to revive controversy over the relationship between President Barack Obama and his former pastor is a rising conservative maverick with ties to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He's ...

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Romney to run first general election TV ad

May 17, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he'll run his first TV ad of the general campaign in a couple of days.

Romney told reporters Thursday that it will be a positive spot introducing him to voters.

Separately, sources ...

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Pot Groups Hope Ore. Race Sends Feds a Message

May 17, 2012

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates have a message for Democratic leaders and federal prosecutors with an eye on political office: Don't mess with pot.

Pushing back against a federal effort to stem the proliferation of medical marijuana ...

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Obama's home-turf summits will test his leverage

May 17, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will find his diplomatic clout tested at twin summits on his own turf beginning Friday. The big global problems are the economic mess in Europe and finding scarce money to boost a postwar Afghanistan — and in both cases the ...

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Biden: Running company not same as leading country

May 17, 2012

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says the business background that Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney touts on the campaign trail doesn't necessarily make him fit to run a country.

Campaigning in Ohio for his boss, President ...

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Romney, Republican Party Raise $40M in April

May 17, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney and his party together raised $40.1 million in April.

The figures put the likely GOP nominee's fundraising haul closer to the $43.6 million that President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party raised ...

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THE RACE: Politics a factor in weekend summits

May 17, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is taking a break from active campaigning for a few days to host back-to-back world summits. Yet U.S. presidential politics will be lurking just offstage at both.

First, leaders of eight wealthy democracies gather at Camp David on Friday and ...

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