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Mitt Romney is campaigning in Pennsylvania today seeking to shift attention away from his business tenure and his tax returns, which have both been targets for being shrouded in secrecy.  As a welcoming present, President Obama rolled out a new ad suggesting that Romney insists on keeping his finances private because he may not have paid any taxes at all.  To keep that ad company, both the DNC and the American Bridge PAC released their own ads hitting the same message:  Romney must have something to hide. 

 

Yesterday Vice President Biden railed against the Ryan budget telling a group of senior citizens at the White House that the plan would basically get rid of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.  Could this be foreshadowing a new attack strategy that links Romney to the Ryan budget, as John Heilemann pointed out today on Morning Joe?

 

Plus, more dirty, angry money.  Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) joins us tonight to talk about facing millions of dollars in attacks from some very wealthy attack dogs, like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity. 

 

And while everyone has been focusing on whether Romney was still attached to Bain during an outsourcing spike that took place between 1999 and 2002, it turns out Romney was wrapped up in another outsourcing scandal completely unrelated to Bain.  During the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, which Romney so proudly ran, it was revealed that the torchbearer uniforms were actually manufactured in Burma, a country then dominated by a military dictatorship and a legacy of human rights atrocities.  And to top it all off, when answering to human rights groups, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee claimed the uniforms were not made in Burma at all, but in Myanmar.  Let’s hope Romney has since learned that Burma and Myanmar are the same country!

 

 

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