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* In an interview with Telemundo, Mitt Romney sought to downplay a report about campaign turmoil, saying "I've got a terrific campaign. My senior campaign people work extraordinarily well together. I work well with them." Romney added: "frankly -- these process stories" detract "from what's really of concern to the American people."

* Video has surfaced of Romney at a fundraiser saying, "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them. ... "[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

* At a speech to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Romney said he is "convinced that the Republican Party is the rightful home of Hispanic Americans."

* Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) said in an interview that he won't campaign for Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), who defeated him in a May primary.

* The subject of Sen. Debbie Stabenow's (D-Mich.) first TV ad is China, and her effort to curb currency manipulation and unfair trade violations. Stabenow's opponent, former congressman Pete Hoekstra (R), released an ad that appeared to reference China during the Super Bowl. That spot was widely panned for its use of Asian stereotypes.


* Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) regularly slams Obama for dreaming up automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon next year. But Ryan himself proposed in 2010 to enforce spending caps with automatic cuts that would have affected the Pentagon.

* An internal poll conducted for former congresswoman Heather Wilson's (R) New Mexico Senate campaign shows Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) leading her, 46 percent to 41 percent. It's never a good sign when a campaign releases a poll showing that it is behind.

* Democrats are slamming a new ad from former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle (R) which is meant to improve the Republican's cross-party appeal. The ad features Democrats who support Lingle -- though Rep. Mazie Hirono's (D) campaign said that the commercial includes seven out of eight people with "established Republican ties."

* A new Pew Research Center poll offers fresh evidence that Mitt Romney's criticism of the Obama administration following violent protests at diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt didn't help his cause. Among Americans who have followed the overseas developments, just 26 percent approve of Romney's comments on the situation, while 45 percent approve of President Obama's handling of the situation. Among independents, the situation is similar -- 44 percent approved of Obama's handling while just 23 percent approved of Romney's comments.

* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine is up with a new Spanish language TV ad touting his positions on jobs, immigration reform, and education.


When life gives you lemons...!

With Aaron Blake