Jon Huntsman Sr. calls on Mitt Romney to release more taxes, YG Action spends nearly $6 million on fall ad time, and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) hits Rep. Todd Akin (R) in her first ads of the general election.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* While he says he is not Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s source on Mitt Romney’s taxes, Jon Huntsman Sr. (father of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman Jr.) called on the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to release more of his taxes. Huntsman Sr. is a longtime Romney ally.
* Reid aide Jose Parra is backing off his comment that Reid’s source on Romney’s taxes is “an investor in Bain Capital, a Republican also, and somebody who has been dealing with Romney's company for a long, long time and he has direct knowledge of this.” Parra now says, "I do not know the party affiliation of the source, how long he invested with Bain, or his relationship to Romney beyond the fact that he was an investor with Bain Capital, as Senator Reid has previously stated.”
* President Obama adviser David Axelrod says if he were Romney, he would pick former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty as his running mate. Pawlenty will be stumping for Romney in New Hampshire on Saturday.
* The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA, which has taken a lot of criticism this week for an ad that aims to tie Romney to a woman’s death, has released a new spot tying Romney to the closure of a steel mill. The new commercial features an employee from the same mill referenced in the controversial spot.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* YG Action, a super PAC run by former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, has bought $5.5 million worth of fall ad time in 12 House races, including two in North Carolina, where vulnerable Democratic Reps. Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre are trying to hold onto their jobs.
* Following a report that Democratic convention planners are working to include Republicans in the program, former Republican senator John Warner has ended any possibility that he will speak, and says he will only be watching both conventions “from the sidelines.”
* Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has endorsed 11th District Republican nominee Kerry Bentivolio. On Tuesday, Bentivolio won the GOP nomination for the seat formerly held by Thaddeus McCotter, despite local Republican efforts to help a write-in candidate defeat him.
* Herb Rule, the Democratic nominee against Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), has been arrested on DWI charges.
* The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is polling visitors who want to use the airport wireless network about which presidential candidate they prefer.
* Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) is going positive/negative on the air in his campaign against Republican nominee Tom Smith. Casey is following up the release of a positive ad with a negative one seizing on comments Smith has made about trade. Casey is not considered to be terribly vulnerable, so the negative ad is interesting.
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