President Obama courts the support of women in Colorado, Romney’s motorcade upstages a wedding party, the DCCC adds 13 more “Red-to-Blue” races, and Tommy Thompson proves he can do a lot of push-ups.
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EARLIER ON THE FIX:
* Stumping in Colorado today, President Obama made a push for support from women voters, telling a Denver crowd, “When it comes to a women's health care coverage (Republicans) want to take us back to the 1950s.” Sandra Fluke, the woman who earlier this year was the target of controversial remarks from Rush Limbaugh , introduced the president.
* Wikipedia has locked the page of potential GOP vice presidential selection Tim Pawlenty, and restricted access to the pages of other possibilities, following Stephen Colbert’s suggestion that viewers “make as many edits as possible to your favorite VP contender.”
* The presidential race has become quite the ‘90s party lately. Mitt Romney dispatched Newt Gingrich to argue that Obama is gutting welfare reform. On Tuesday, Bill Clinton gave Obama some backup on the issue.
* According to a pool report, Romney’s motorcade in New Jersey passed an Orthodox Jewish wedding party, whereupon “the family abandoned the bride and groom and began chasing Romney's car in the parking lot, waving cameras. The candidate's SUV drove around a corner to a back entrance, followed by at least 10 members of the wedding party who tried to run up to Romney's car.”
* A new Marquette Law School poll shows that former governor Tommy Thompson remains the frontrunner ahead of next Tuesday’s Wisconsin GOP Senate primary. Thompson leads businessman Eric Hovde, 33 percent to 24 percent, with former congressman Mark Neumann running third, with 21 percent. Oh, and Thompson can also do 50 push-ups in under a minute.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Vice President Joe Biden is stumping in North Carolina and Virginia next week. He’ll hit the road from Aug. 13-15, when Obama will be in Iowa.
* Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Steve Israel announced the addition of 13 new “Red to Blue” races House Democrats believe present the most competitive opportunities for challengers and open race candidates. Washington’s 1st District race, where Suzan DelBene advanced from a blanket primary on Tuesday, is one of the new additions.
* The GOP-aligned Crossroads GPS released new Senate race TV ads in Virginia, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, and Nevada. With one exception, the spots hit Democratic candidates over tax hikes. The one exception? The Nevada ad, which targets Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley’s ethics woes.
* Meanwhile, American Crossroads President Steven Law tells CBS News his super PAC will raise $300 million this cycle, roughly two thirds of which will be spent on the presidential race.
* Mark Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, has announced his support for Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona.
* Montana Democratic gubernatorial nominee Steve Bullock released his first TV ad. In the 30-second spot, the attorney general appears outdoors with his children and says he “worked across party lines to preserve their right to hunt and fish in places like this.” Bullock faces former GOP congressman Rick Hill in one of the cycle’s most competitive governor’s races.
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