Mitt Romney talks Medicare in Florida, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) makes his solo debut in Iowa, and Bill Clinton enters the fray in Connecticut's 5th District.

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* In his first solo campaign stop since being named Mitt Romney’s running mate on Saturday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), stumping in Iowa, said “President Obama has given us four years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits. He’s making matters worse, and he’s spending our children into a diminished future.” Ryan faced hecklers, who had to be removed from the stage.

Romney was campaigning in Florida, where he praised Ryan and went on offense against President Obama on Medicare, saying, "the president’s idea for Medicare was to cut it by $700 billion. That’s not the right answer. We need to make sure we can preserve and protect Medicare."

* The pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future is spending nearly $10.5 million on an 11-state ad buy against Obama. The ad, which will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin, hits the president over the economy, and says that his lack of a record to run on has prompted his allies to attack Romney.

* One day before voters head to the polls in Connecticut’s 5th District, Bill Clinton endorsed Democratic candidate Dan Roberti in the primary campaign to replace Rep. Chris Murphy (D), who is running for the Senate.


* Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume has landed the first one-on-one interview with Ryan since he was named Romney’s running mate on Saturday. The interview will air on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

* Following a report citing instances in which former congressman Pete Hoekstra advocated for repeal of the 17th amendment (which allows the direct election of senators) Democrats are pouncing, in an attempt to cast the Michigan Republican Senate nominee as outside the mainstream.

* For the third time this year, Obama will travel to New Hampshire this upcoming Saturday. He will be in the Granite State for campaign events.

* On Friday, the National Republican Congressional Committee will begin airing ads against four vulnerable incumbents: Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Ben Chandler (D-Ky.), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), and Mark Critz (D-Pa.).


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