Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* The Obama campaign released a new video over the weekend, featuring the president arguing, “We’ve come too far to turn back now.” What I found interesting about the video is that Obama isn’t shying away from touting the benefits of health care reform, which is supposed to be a toxic issue for him.
* Mitt Romney has released his tax returns for 2010, and promised to disclose the returns for 2011. When might we see the most recent year? Ed Gillespie told Fox News we’ll probably get them by Oct. 15 – still two months away.
* Romney’s super PAC is investing another $10.5 million in ads that lie about the Recovery Act. The ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
* The Obama campaign is launching seven radio ads today, going after the Romney-Ryan budget plan in battleground states, but with tailored messages. In Virginia, the focus will be on infrastructure; in North Carolina, the ads will focus on veterans’ benefits; in New Hampshire, the audience will hear about cuts to Pell Grants; in Nevada, voters will hear about opposition to foreclosure relief; etc.
* Romney picked up another $7 million through high-priced fundraisers over the weekend.
* Louisiana has six U.S. House seats, but Democrats are only fielding candidates in three of them. That’s fewer than the Libertarians.
* And the National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved additional time for fall TV advertising in 12 congressional districts totaling over $9.6 million. Most intend to protect vulnerable freshmen.