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:
* President Obama will kick off a bus tour today, hitting stops in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
* Following the recent pattern, Mitt Romney’s campaign will respond by sending Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on a bus tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania at the same time.
* The Obama campaign is now hitting Romney over his offshore finances, including his Swiss bank account and cash in the Caymans. More on this issue later today.
* Romney campaigned in New Hampshire on the 4th of July, appearing in a parade alongside Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who’s rumored to be under consideration for the party’s V.P. nomination.
* In Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh (R) isn’t done complaining about double-amputee combat veteran Tammy Duckworth (D), and her willingness to talk to voters about her military service.
* Opponents of abortion rights in Ohio needed about 385,000 signatures to get a “personhood” measure on the statewide ballot. Personhood Ohio failed miserably, managing to only get about 30,000.
* Why did Rep. Thad McCotter (R) fail to collect the necessary ballot signatures in his Michigan district? Perhaps because he was busy working on drafting a television pilot in which the congressman would host “a crude variety show cast with characters bearing the nicknames of his congressional staffers and his brother.”