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:
* After Mitt Romney made a more aggressive effort to make U.S. policy towards China a more important campaign issue, President Obama’s campaign responds today with a new ad on Romney outsourcing American jobs to China. The spot is set to air in New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.
* The new CNN poll shows Obama leading Romney at the national level by three points, 50% to 47%.
* A new Quinnipiac poll shows a similar national landscape, with Obama up by four, 49% to 45%, thanks in large part to an enormous gender gap.
* Karl Rove’s attack operations, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, are launching their biggest media push of the cycle this week: a $16 million one-week buy. Most of the money will go to anti-Obama spots in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, though $4 million will be spent on anti-Democratic Senate ads in North Dakota, Virginia, Montana, and Florida.
* In New Hampshire, a new UNH poll shows Obama with a 15-point lead over Romney, 52% to 37%.
* In Massachusetts, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is raking in huge contributions from Wall Street. No other industry is supporting Brown so enthusiastically, and no other candidate is benefiting more from the financial industry’s campaign contributions.
* As of yesterday, the Latino Decisions shows Obama’s support among Latino voters reaching 73%, the highest of the year.
* And keep a close eye on the Senate race in Arizona – the DSCC is so confident that former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona can win that the national party has begun investing in the race for the first time.