Romney not planning on watching Obama’s convention speech

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* A new ad from Mitt Romney seeks to play Bill Clinton against President Obama by pointing to comments Clinton made during the 2008 Democratic primary casting doubt on Obama's contention that he consistently opposed the Iraq War. "As the economy gets worse, Barack Obama calls on Bill Clinton to help his failing campaign. …But what did Bill Clinton say about Barack Obama in 2008?" the narrator of the ad asks.

* Ratings are in for Wednesday night: According to Nielsen, the opening game of the NFL season between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants Wednesday night averaged about 23 million viewers in the 10:30-11:30 p.m. hour. During the same hour, about 22.8 million viewers tuned in for the Democratic National Convention (Clinton's speech took place during this time) on commercial networks. Taking Current TV and PBS into account,  Clinton's speech comes out on top.

* On a conference call, Obama reached out to supporters who are now unable to attend his convention speech because it was moved to a smaller, indoor venue amid weather concerns. “We can’t let a little thunder and lightning get us down,” Obama said. “We’re going to have to roll with it.”

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with a new contrast TV ad hitting Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) for voting for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget plan (that would revamp Medicare as a voucher system for those currently under 55) and arguing that Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp "will protect Medicare."


* Romney doesn't plan on tuning in for Obama's convention speech tonight, saying “[If] I heard, or from the excerpts that are put out, I hear that the president is going to report on the promises he made and how he has performed in those promises, I’d love to watch it. But if it’s another series of new promises that he’s not going to keep, I have no interest in seeing him because I saw the promises last time."

* Clinton is hitting the campaign trail for Obama next week in Ohio and Florida.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching eight new independent expenditure ads. Six of the ads target Republican-held seats, one goes after Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) in his merged district member-versus-member race against Rep. Betty Sutton (D), and one targets Republican nominee Jason Plummer in Illinois's 12th District, where Rep. Jerry Costello (D) is retiring.

* According to a strategist tracking ad buys, the Government Integrity Fund, an outside group aiming to boost Republican nominee Josh Mandel against Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), is up with a current ad buy valued at about $1.4 million.

* Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will deliver the nominating speech for his father, Vice President Biden, on Thursday night.


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



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