Obama hitting the airwaves in Michigan

October 30, 2012

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED: 

* Mitt Romney launched an ad buy in Pennsylvania for a 30-second contrast spot that portrays President Obama as unfriendly to the coal industry. Romney's campaign argues that Pennsylvania is in play, while the Obama team called the play a desperation move

* Obama is going on the air in Michigan, where the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future recently placed a $1.6 million buy. “We’re matching states where they go up,” an Obama aide said. 

* Elizabeth Warren (D) leads Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) 53 percent to 46 percent in a new Suffolk University survey of those likeliest to to vote in Massachusetts. Warren is now seen as more popular than Brown in the poll. Meanwhile, the Democrat wants to reschedule the debate both she and Brown agreed should not be be held Tuesday because of storm concerns. Warren wants to debate on Thursday, but Brown wouldn't immediately say whether he'd participate. 

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with a rough new TV ad against Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) featuring a woman who says she's been fighting breast cancer for 14 years. "I’ve had a double mastectomy and I’m on my fourth round of chemotherapy. [Flake] voted to let insurance companies kick women like me out of the hospital on the same day we had our breasts removed," the woman says. The reference is to Flake's vote against the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007. Meanwhile, Mark Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, sent his first fundraising email for Democratic nominee Richard Carmona on Tuesday. 

* In addition to Nebraska, the conservative super PAC American Crossroads is going up with new TV ads in three other Senate races: Indiana, Montana and Wisconsin. The Montana spot hits Sen. Jon Tester (D), the Wisconsin commercial contrasts former governor Tommy Thompson (R) with Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), and the Indiana ad was not immediately released. 

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS: 

* Obama will travel to New Jersey on Wednesday to survey the impact of Hurricane Sandy with Gov. Chris Christie (R). 

* Obama leads Romney by just six points in Oregon, according to a new Oregonian newspaper poll of those likeliest to vote in the state conducted by Elway Research last Thursday through Sunday. The president's 47 percent to 41 percent advantage is modest, considering the tilt of the reliably blue state. 

* Romney repeatedly ignored questions about eliminating FEMA at an event for storm victims on Tuesday. During a primary debate, he supported the idea of curtailing federal disaster response and letting states and the private sector take on a larger role. Campaign aides said Monday he would not abolish FEMA if elected. 

* At a stop in Ohio billed as a "storm relief and volunteer appreciation" event, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped Obama's handling of a the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans. "This president is either engaged in a massive cover-up deceiving the American people or he is so grossly incompetent that he is not qualified to be the commander in chief of our armed forces. It's either one of them," McCain told Romney volunteers. 

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Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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