OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN: Eyeing the immigration issue

The conference call was set up to focus on the economy and knock Obama's comment that the private sector was "doing fine." But reporters wanted to ask about immigration, so officials ended the call.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will deliver remarks in the East Room of the White House, where he will ask Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling on July 1.

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Mitt Romney addresses the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials's Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Vice President Biden
will be joined by senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett and others to release a new public service announcement that will air on various television and Internet platforms this summer. The PSA features Obama, Biden, professional athletes and role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “Hey look, ‪#fastandfurious‬ is trending. ‪#Itsnotwhatyouthink” — actor Paul Walker of the “Fast and Furious” film franchise


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement?” — Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), on President Obama exerting executive privilege on Fast and Furious documents requested by Republicans


POLL POSITION:

President Obama and Mitt Romney are neck-and-neck in Michigan and Iowa, two critical swing states that have swung reliably Democratic in recent elections. According to a We Ask America poll, Romney edges Obama in Michigan, 45 percent to 43. 

In Iowa, Obama holds a small lead over Romney, 45 to 44. Both results are within the poll's 3 percent margin of error.

Obama leads Romney in Wisconsin, 49 percent to 43, according to a Marquette Law School poll.

A majority of voters pick Romney as being more "out of touch" than Obama, according to a Bloomberg National Poll that shows 55 percent picked Romney over Obama, at 36 percent, when asked who is more "out of touch." 


AD WATCH:

Concerned Women for America (CWA), a conservative women's advocacy group, has launched a multimillion-dollar ad buy in several swing states targeting President Obama's healthcare law.

Restore Our Future, a super-PAC backing Mitt Romney, is up with a new ad in nine states blasting Obama for his recent remarks that the private sector is "doing fine."

Obama's campaign released two new television ads accusing Romney of implementing policies that were harmful to workers and his constituents as CEO at Bain Capital and then as governor of Massachusetts.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) unveiled a new ad targeting Hispanic voters on the economy, which comes as the party is struggling to fine-tune its message to the fast-growing demographic days after the White House announced a shift on immigration policy. 


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the fifth straight month in May, bringing in $5.6 million for the month to the NRSC's $3.9 million.

Republicans hope to translate a legislative defeat into a political victory by bashing vulnerable Senate Democrats who voted Wednesday to uphold Environmental Protection Agency rules that force pollution cuts from coal-fired power plants. GOP candidates gunning to take down Democrats — including Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) — quickly took aim at the lawmakers’ votes to maintain rules that Republicans call economically harmful.

Florida: Former Sen. George LeMieux (R-Fla.) dropped his bid for Senate on Wednesday and reluctantly endorsed Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), essentially ending the GOP primary in Florida.

Missouri: An outside-spending group is planning to back up Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-Mo.) by jumping into the hotly contested Missouri Senate race. 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

GOP Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) said he has not met with Mitt Romney to discuss immigration policy since President Obama announced more lenient deportation rules last week.

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, the anti-incumbent super-PAC, spent more than $640,000 and received nearly $439,000 in May, according to recent filings.

Restore our Future, the super-PAC aiding Romney's presidential campaign, raised just short of $5 million in May, and has brought in more than $31 million over the first five months of 2012.

Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) won't attend the Democratic National Convention, a sign of growing discontent with Obama from coal-country Democrats.

Actress Olivia Wilde was very clear that she is no fan of Romney, prominently wearing a "Dogs against Romney" pin during an appearance on "The Colbert Report."

Chirpify opened up its platform to political campaigns on Tuesday in a move that would allow campaigns to accept donations through the microblogging website. 

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