“Don’t forget, he’s been president for three and a half years,” Romney said. “Talk is cheap.”
TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: Mitt Romney will hold a campaign event at Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H. He will then hold an ice cream social at the Milford Oval in Milford, N.H.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "There's a process. We don't talk about the process." — Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) to USA Today on the GOP VP vetting process
President Obama holds a slight edge over Mitt Romney in Michigan, 46.9 percent to 45.5, but that’s within the poll’s 2.3 percent margin of error. The poll was conducted by Michigan-based political consultants Foster, McCollum, White & Associates.
Obama leads Romney in Nevada, 48 percent to 42, according to the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.
Americans are more likely to blame former President George W. Bush than Obama for the country’s economic woes, according to a Gallup poll.
Priorities USA Action, a super-PAC supporting President Obama’s reelection, will go on the air in New Hampshire with an ad targeting Mitt Romney on his record at Bain Capital. The super-PAC said the spot will run on Friday — the same day that Romney will be in New Hampshire for the start of a five-day bus tour that will take him through six key states.
Romney released a television ad on Thursday hitting Obama over his comment that the private sector is “doing fine.”
BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:
Arizona: Republican Jesse Kelly, who lost Tuesday’s special election to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), will not run again in the general election against Rep.-elect Ron Barber (D-Ariz.).
Illinois: Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is deep in the red with a minimum net worth close to negative $21,000, disclosure records released Thursday show.
Pennsylvania: President Obama's big economic speech in Cleveland failed to impress one endangered House Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), who took him to task for his economic and energy policies.
Florida: Former Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.), who announced a late-entrance bid for Senate in May, picked up the endorsement of Citizens United. The conservative group's political action committee maxed out to Weldon with a $5,000 contribution for the primary and another $5,000 to be used in the general election against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Weldon faces Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) and Mike McCalister in the GOP primary.
Indiana: The Indiana Democratic Party is going up with a $250,000 ad buy attacking Senate nominee Richard Mourdock (R) for opposing bipartisanship and calling Social Security "unconstitutional."
Massachusetts: Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) accused his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, of failing the truth test as the Massachusetts Senate candidates traded shots Thursday in dueling television appearances.
Massachusetts Part Deux: Brown’s minimum net worth decreased nearly 42 percent from 2010 to 2011, disclosure forms released Thursday show. The forms also show the freshman senator, who faces a tough reelection bid this year, received a $1 million advance on his biography, Against All Odds.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), two vice presidential favorites for the 2012 race, took very different tacks during their speeches at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's lunch on Thursday. Portman focused on intensely personal anecdotes that underlined his faith, including how he quit a job in the first Bush White House to be with his mother after she was diagnosed with cancer, while Rubio delivered a sweeping speech about faith and American exceptionalism that had the religious, conservative audience on its feet on a half-dozen occasions.
Financial disclosure reports released on Thursday offer a peek at the personal fortunes of lawmakers who could be potential running mates for Mitt Romney. Portman, Rubio, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) all released their yearly listing of assets and liabilities. Some of the VP contenders have lingering debts, while others are firmly ensconced in the millionaires’ club.
A new study of Facebook engagement released Thursday by Socialbakers, a social media analytics company, found that President Obama is dominating Romney when it comes to Facebook engagement.
Romney will make his first Sunday show appearance on a network other than Fox News this weekend, agreeing to appear on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter blasted Romney in a Web video on Thursday, accusing the presumptive GOP nominee of “constant distortions” when talking about the president’s record and not telling “the truth” about his own.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina went to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to learn how to take the president’s reelection campaign viral.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) wants Ryan to be Romney's running mate, and said Romney needs to emulate Ryan's bold policy proposals in order to win in the fall.
Romney’s bus tour will include three VP hopefuls.
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