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Romney Launches Blitz of 15 New Ads
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 07:56 AM)

Mitt Romney campaign "is putting out word that they'll launch 15 ads in eight swing states, targeting a range of local and national issues in the battlegrounds that will decide the election," Politico reports.

The ads will be available on Romney's YouTube channel.

"The intensity and geographic spread of Romney's advertising is a show of force for the GOP nominee, and the state-specific targeting is also a shift from Romney's ultra-nationalized message, so far. If Romney's financial advantage is going to move the dial against Barack Obama, this is the moment for that to happen: between the huge earned-media opportunity and the huge earned-media opportunity of the debates, when money and traditional political advertising has the best chance of breaking through."

Most interesting: Romney is still not running ads in Pennsylvania, Michigan or Wisconsin. The battleground did not expand.

Debates Loom Larger
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 07:44 AM)

Mark Halperin: "Given the political cult of personality that exists around the Obama brand and the man himself, it is ironic that he was the weak link in Charlotte, even though the President might well receive a bigger convention bounce than Romney because of the overall program. The Democrats end this fortnight with a chance to widen their lead and it is unlikely they lost anything. For all the sound and fury in Tampa and Charlotte, Romney still has about the same amount of ground to make up as before. Now, the debates loom even larger, especially for the challenger."

Romney Team Announces Major Ad Campaign
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ September 7, 2012, 07:43 AM)

The ads will run in eight battleground states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Illinois State Court Puts Candidates on Ballot; Election Board Had Rejected Them Because they Used Paper Clips Instead of a Staple
(from: Ballot Access News @ September 7, 2012, 12:19 AM)

On September 6, an Illinois state court put three candidates on the ballot in Jackson County, Illinois. The Jackson County Election Board had kept them off the ballot because their nomination documents had been fastened together with a paper clip. The Board said they should have used staples, but the judge disagreed. See this story. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.

President Obama Accepts the Democratic Nomination
(from: Political Wire @ September 7, 2012, 12:07 AM)

President Obama's acceptance speech sounded more like a State of the Union address than the soaring rhetoric he used to rally the Democratic conventions in 2004 and 2008. But it was exactly what polls suggest people wanted: Specific plans and proposals for a second term.

Obama also made a persuasive case that things are better today than they were four years ago. It's not an easy one to make but he was helped tremendously last night by Bill Clinton and tonight by Joe Biden. 

The Obama campaign wanted this election to be a stark choice between two different governing philosophies and not a referendum on the president's tenure. With this beautifully orchestrated convention -- and with poor strategic decisions and unforced errors by Mitt Romney and the Republicans -- they have succeeded.

Democrats decisively won the battle of the party conventions. It wasn't even close really. And they continue to hold the upper hand in this election.

I'm really looking forward to the debates.

Romney Faces Own Challenge on Jobs Message
(from: Washington Wire @ September 7, 2012, 12:04 AM)

When Mitt Romney remarks on the jobs numbers Friday morning he?ll do so from one of the states with the lowest unemployment rates in the country. And therein lies one of Mr. Romney?s hurdles.

Al Gore Takes a Pass on Charlotte
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ September 6, 2012, 11:39 PM)

The Democratic National Convention was without Mr. Gore, one of the party's biggest stars, who was instead doling out commentary for his network, Current TV.

Democratic Convention Night Three
(from: Political Wire @ September 6, 2012, 11:00 PM)

President Obama accepts the Democratic presidential nomination and makes the case for why he should be re-elected.

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Text of Obama?s Address to the Democratic National Convention
(from: Washington Wire @ September 6, 2012, 10:25 PM)

Text of President Barack Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery.

Montana Gov. Schweitzer Slams Romney With Folksy Speech
(from: Washington Wire @ September 6, 2012, 10:14 PM)

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer offered a folksy speech that slammed Mitt Romney's tax increases as governor of Massachusetts.

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