“President Obama’s campaign hit a new low today when one of its senior advisers made a reckless and unsubstantiated charge to reporters about Mitt Romney that was so over the top that it calls into question the integrity of their entire campaign," said Rhodes in a statement to reporters. "President Obama ought to apologize for the out-of-control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office he holds. Campaigns are supposed to be hard fought, but statements like those made by Stephanie Cutter belittle the process and the candidate on whose behalf she works.”

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Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said the president would not apologize.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama begins a two-day bus tour in Virginia, campaigning in Roanoke and Hampton.


TWEET OF THE DAY:Scott Brown & Gail are also celebrating their anniversary! I've sent flowers to wish them a happy anniversary & many more years of happiness.” — Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren: Trump is a 'racist bully' Poll: Oprah would outperform Warren, Harris against Trump in California Democrats continue to dismiss positive impacts of tax reform MORE


POLL POSITION:

President Obama has widened his lead to 7 percentage points over Mitt Romney nationally, 50 percent to 43, according to a Pew Research survey


AD WATCH:

The outside spending group Crossroads GPS launched a new television ad accusing President Obama of supporting failed economic policies and calling on him to reduce the federal debt. The commercial from the GOP-affiliated group, "Tried," is being used in an $8 million ad buy set to run in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia over the next week.

Mitt Romney is using Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE to lash out at Obama over his charges on outsourcing in a new ad.


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

The National Republican Congressional Committee has announced seven new “Young Gun” candidates, which could help them raise more money. They are Adam Hasner in Florida, Ben Lange and John Archer in Iowa, Kevin Raye in Maine, Kevin Cramer in North Dakota, Danny Tarkanian in Nevada and Chris Collins in New York.

Florida: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorsed Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) in her member-versus-member primary campaign against House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.).

Illinois: Freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling (R) raised $350,000 and has $950,000 cash on hand for his tough race against East Moline City Councilwoman Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Dem hopefuls flock to Iowa Bill Press: Unequal on sex charges MORE (D). Bustos outraised him with a $470,000 quarter; she didn't announce how much money she had in the bank, though she had $470,000 at the end of March.

Massachusetts: Republican Richard Tisei raised $570,000 for his race against Rep. John Tierney (D), who is vulnerable because of a gambling scandal that has ensnared his wife and her family.

Minnesota: Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota US ambassador repeated debunked claim that Abedin has 'egregious' ties to Muslim Brotherhood Bachmann considering running for Franken's seat MORE (R-Minn.) raised more than $1.7 million in the second quarter, her campaign announced. 


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

Florida: Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Week ahead: Tech giants to testify on extremist content Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds MORE (D) outraised his presumed GOP challenger, Rep. Connie Mack, in the second quarter. Nelson reported raising $1.8 million, giving him nearly $11 million in the bank, while Mack reported raising $839,000, with just under $1.4 million in the bank. Mack is favored to win the August GOP primary.

Hawaii: An internal poll from Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: Trump 'made clear' that he wants 'white people to come to our country' Hawaii false alarm sparks panic, confusion Dem senator working to ensure Hawaii false alarm ‘never happens again’ MORE (D) shows her leading former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in their Senate race by 53 to 41 percent. The poll was released in response to one from Lingle's campaign that showed her leading Hirono by 45 to 40 percent. Lingle also announced she'd raised $1.1 million the quarter, but did not say how much cash on hand she has.

Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in Dems search for winning playbook MORE (D) raised $2.6 million in the past three months, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

Montana: Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterEMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Reforming veterans health care for all generations of veterans Trump and Republicans deliver gift that keeps on giving for Americans MORE (D) raised $2 million in the second quarter and has $3.6 million cash on hand.

New Jersey: Both Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezCongress must provide flexible funding for owners of repeatedly flooded properties Senate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case MORE (D) and his GOP challenger, Joe Kyrillos, banked more than $1 million in the second quarter, but the incumbent Democrat retains a large cash-on-hand lead in their contest. Menendez's $1.7 million haul brought his total cash on hand to $10.3 million, while Kryillos raised $1.3 million and had $2 million in the bank at the end of June.

Nevada: Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) raised more than $1.5 million in the second quarter for her Senate bid and has more than $4 million cash on hand. Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDemocrats search for 51st net neutrality vote Nevada Dems unveil 2018 campaign mascot: 'Mitch McTurtle' Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in MORE (R), meanwhile, raised $1.2 million with nearly $4.5 million cash on hand, according to reports. And Berkley went on air with two ads, one counter-attacking the ethics charges she faces by pointing out the House Ethics Committee's investigation stems from a complaint filed by the state GOP and slamming Heller for voting "twice to end Medicare as we know it." The other focuses exclusively on Heller's support of the Republican House Budget.

North Dakota: Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota GOP's Cramer won't run for ND Senate seat GOP Rep. Cramer 'trending' toward ND Senate run MORE (D) raised just shy of $1 million in the last three months for her Senate bid.

Ohio: Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Commerce sends Trump long-awaited steel report GOP Rep. Jim Renacci announces Ohio Senate bid MORE (D) raised $3 million in the second quarter and has $6.5 million cash on hand.

Texas: Tea Party star Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE could be poised for an upset victory in the GOP primary, leading state Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by nine points, 47 percent to 38, in a survey released Thursday. The poll was commissioned by Citizens United, an outside group supporting Cruz’s candidacy. The runoff election is set for July 31.

Meanwhile, a proposal to outlaw airport security pat-downs from the Transportation Security Administration has emerged as an issue in the race. And the deep-pocketed, fiscally conservative Club for Growth launched a $1.5 million statewide ad buy against Dewhurst.

Wisconsin: Rep. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Listen: EMILY’s List upbeat about Dem House in '19 Bolton to spend M boosting Wisconsin Senate candidate MORE (D-Wis.) raised $2.2 million for her Senate campaign, her strongest quarter yet — and one that came while she was competing with the state's gubernatorial recall race for time and resources. 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle MORE (D-Nev.) said Mitt Romney could not win Senate confirmation for the lowly government job of dogcatcher. “He only couldn’t be confirmed as a Cabinet secretary, he could be confirmed as a dogcatcher,” Reid said.

Vice President Biden rallied black voters to President Obama’s cause during an address to the NAACP.

Reflecting on his first term in office, Obama said the biggest gaffe he's made was in putting policy before giving Americans a sense of "unity and purpose and optimism."

Top labor leaders met with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) Thursday morning and said she told them she'd fight to include their priorities in the Democratic Party platform. The meeting — and her offer — are signs that the DNC is trying to placate those in organized labor who are still angry the party's convention is being held in North Carolina, a state hostile to unions.


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