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* At a campaign event in Miami, President Obama continued his effort to portray Mitt Romney as a political shapeshifter, saying: “He’s trying to go through an extreme makeover: After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney is trying to convince you that he was severely kidding." Romney called himself a "severely conservative" governor once at CPAC earlier this year

* Romney and the Rev. Billy Graham met for 30 minutes in North Carolina on Thursday. As the meeting was wrapping up, campaign aides said Graham told Romney, “I’ll do all I can to help you. And you can quote me on that." 

* Obama has a 3-1 advantage among Hispanic voters, a new national poll from the Pew Hispanic Center shows. Obama leads Romney 69 percent to 21 percent, according to the survey. Obama won 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008, according to exit poll data

* Republican Tom Smith is running about even with Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), according to an internal poll conducted for Smith's campaign. Casey is at 46 percent while Smith is at 44 percent in the survey, which was conducted Sunday and Monday by John McLaughlin. Meanwhile, Casey released a new 60-second TV ad with a woman whose son was electrocuted in a shower while serving in Iraq. The woman says she reached out to Casey, who helped spur defense contractors to fix faulty wiring. 


* Here's how the Obama campaign is framing tonight's debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.): Biden will tell the truth, and Ryan likely won't. “Joe Biden, as he always does, will speak the truth,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters Thursday. Messina added that Ryan, “from his fact-free convention speech to his exaggerated marathon time … isn’t afraid to stretch the truth.” 

Romney called a Philadelphia high school student who says she was mocked by her teacher for wearing a Romney t-shirt. The 16-year-old girl wasn't home at the time, but her mom took the call and relayed Romney's message, which was to thank her for standing up for herself. 

* A new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee TV ad slams Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) for voting "against bulletproof vests for local police, against funding for child abuse prevention," among other things.  

* The Republican Governors Association has released a new TV ad that says former Washington congressman Jay Inslee (D) "keeps making bad decisions that hurt our small businesses."


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