Romney snapped back in a statement.

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“President Obama confirmed today that he will continue his attacks on the free enterprise system,” he said. “What this election is about is the 23 million Americans who are still struggling to find work and the millions who have lost their homes and have fallen into poverty. President Obama refuses to accept moral responsibility for his failed policies. My campaign is offering a positive agenda to help America get back to work.”

Team Obama found itself in a tough spot with Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D), who defended Bain Capital on NBC's "Meet the Press" and criticized the Obama campaign's tactics in attacking Romney's record there.

“It’s nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough. Stop attacking private equity," he said on Sunday. “If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.”

Booker on Monday said he was criticizing negative campaigning on both sides. But Republicans used his words to attack Obama.

Obama senior adviser David Axelrod gently chastised Booker on Monday, telling MSNBC that the Newark mayor “was just wrong.”

“I love Cory Booker,” Axelrod added. “He’s a great mayor. If my house was on fire, I’d hope he was my next-door neighbor.”

Meanwhile, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom went on MSNBC to note Romney created “well in excess of 100,000” jobs as an executive at Bain Capital, and an additional “30,000 to 40,000” in his time as governor of Massachusetts.

“With respect to Mitt Romney’s period of time as the governor of Massachusetts — in that four years as governor he created between 30k and 40k jobs,” Fehrnstrom said. “That is more than president Obama has created for the entire nation.”


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: Vice President Biden is in Keene, N.H., on Tuesday for a campaign rally at the Young Student Center at Keene State College. Then he heads to Boston for a fundraiser.

TWEET OF THE DAY: @Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama praises marathon runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei for 'remarkable examples of humanity's ability' Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide Why calls for impeachment have become commonplace MORE, the president’s campaign Twitter account, tweeted a photo of Obama throwing a football in Chicago’s Soldier field with the line from “Friday Night Lights”: “Clear eyes, full hearts.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "It's especially tone-deaf to plan a pricey conference after the GSA debacle.” — Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP braces for impeachment brawl PhRMA CEO warns Pelosi bill to lower drug prices would be 'devastating' for industry GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe MORE (R-Iowa), in a letter to a 9Th Circuit Court of Appeals judge about the circuit’s plan to hold a conference in Hawaii this August that could run up a tab of $1 million or more and includes a schedule of sport fishing, yoga, surfing lessons and Zumba dancing lessons. 


AD WATCH:

The Obama campaign released a video attacking Mitt Romney's former company Bain Capital for killing jobs at an Indiana office supply company.

Romney's campaign released a Web video showing clips of Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and former Democratic congressman Harold Ford Jr. hitting Obama's campaign for its Bain attacks.


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

Arizona: The Democrat and Republican vying to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) took their battle over taxes to the Arizona airwaves, with each side unveiling a new attack ad accusing the other of wanting to raise taxes.

Arizona Part II: Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertEthics Committee releases new details on allegations against Arizona GOP lawmaker GOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped Bipartisan resolution aims to protect lawmakers amid heightened threats of violence MORE (R-Ariz.) is out with a new ad portraying himself as a leader in the fight against reckless government spending. His primary opponent, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), isn't mentioned by name, but a remark by the narrator that some politicians have rubber-stamped the GOP leadership agenda is a clear swipe at Quayle.

New Jersey: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a television figure running for the House as a Republican, used the occasion of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's death to blast Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) for saying in 2009 that Boteach and others should be good neighbors to Moammar Gadhafi. The former Libyan leader owned tax-exempt land next door to Boteach's home and famously tried to set up his tent there in 2009 for a visit to the United Nations.

Rothman will be formally endorsed by top Obama aide David Axelrod on Wednesday at a banquet hall in Wood-Ridge, N.J. Rothman's primary opponent, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), has already secured the endorsement of former President Clinton.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

Connecticut: Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, in her second bid for the Senate in Connecticut, is calling on her Republican opponent to bow out and support her after winning the GOP endorsement at the state party convention.

Indiana: The Indiana Democratic Party is up with its first ad of the election cycle against Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), who beat Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) in a primary two weeks ago. The ad compares Mourdock to a "schoolyard bully" for his opposition to bipartisan compromise.

Missouri: Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillIranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest MORE (D-Mo.) missed the deadline to pay her property taxes on her Washington condo by three weeks, incurring a nominal penalty for filing late.

Montana: Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterRed-state Democrats worry impeachment may spin out of control Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group Senate Democrats hesitant to go all-in on impeachment probe MORE (D-Mont.) released his seventh ad already of the cycle — he's been debuting a new positive ad every Monday for the last seven weeks.

New Jersey: Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter Senators ask Treasury to probe Brazilian meatpacker with major US footprint Top Foreign Relations Democrat calls on Pompeo to recuse himself from Ukraine matters MORE (D-N.J.) officially began his reelection campaign Monday with a rally in Union City, N.J. Menendez told a crowd of high-school students that life for the middle class in the United States is like needing 20 yards for a first down, while the other team needs just five. Menendez didn't mention his likely GOP opponent, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos.

Ohio: Majority PAC, a super-PAC backing Democratic candidates, has doubled its spending in Ohio's Senate race, according to an independent expenditure report filed with the Federal Election Commission. Majority PAC is now up to $600,000 in its efforts to support Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownBlood cancer patients deserve equal access to the cure Trump admin abruptly delays funding for human trafficking victims: report Overnight Energy: Lawmakers show irritation over withheld Interior documents | Republican offers bipartisan carbon tax bill | Scientists booted from EPA panel form new group MORE (D-Ohio) and attack his opponent, state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R).


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Bringing in Cheney: Former Vice President Cheney and his wife, Lynne Cheney, will host a fundraiser for Romney at their Jackson Hole, Wyo., home on July 12.

Religion is sacred: Priorities USA, a super-PAC that supports President Obama, won't touch on Mitt Romney's Mormonism in its attacks. "We are ruling that out," Priorities USA senior strategist Bill Burton said.

Money, money: Priorities USA also saw its fundraising plummet in April to $1.6 million, down from $2.5 million that raised in March.

Bringing in the feds: The Justice Department has launched a probe into an unusual pattern of maxed-out contributions to Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, the Republican Senate nominee. 


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