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Ads Bite Back, Michele vs. Music and Occupy Independence (Ave)

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ROMNEY ADS BITE BACK

Mitt Romney debuted his TV attack ads on President Obama Tuesday and they’re doing some damage, but not necessarily to whom you might think.

Romney is under fire from many directions, accused of taking Obama’s words out of context. Watch below and judge for yourself.

Obama’s comment about the economy was from a 2008 speech where he was paraphrasing then-opponent Sen. John McCain.

The ad makes it appear as though Obama is trying to avoid talking economics and fearful of the pitfalls.

While campaigning in Iowa Wednesday, Romney said the spirit of the ad is accurate because Obama does not want to talk about the dismal jobs and debt situation.

The former Governor, according to the AP, also pointed out that the ad was sent out with press releases indicating the true origin of the quote.

A LITTLE PRIMARY PUSH

Following a relatively uninspired but hardly problematic performance on the debate stage last night, Romney is getting a nice boost.

Sen. John Thune, considered an influential player in GOP politics, has become the latest high-ranking Republican to endorse Romney.

"Mitt Romney has shown throughout his life in the private sector, as leader of the Olympics, as governor and in this campaign that he will not back down from difficult challenges," Thune said in a statement. "His plans to revitalize the private sector and restore our country's fiscal health are drawn from his 25-year career as a conservative businessman." -Associated Press

MICHELE VS THE MUSIC

Rep. Michele Bachmann is holding NBC’s feet to the fire after a subtle (but upon further review) scandalous welcome Monday night on the Jimmy Fallon show.

Here’s a clip:

The song played for her entrance is called “Lyin’ Ass B----.” While the lyrics were not sung aloud, the Fishbone creation would hardly be considered flattering. Bachmann is now demanding NBC apologize and take disciplinary action against the band for playing the song.

The band’s drummer tweeted out a tease before the song was played, letting fans know that The Roots were about to play a real zinger.

Fallon tweeted an apology for the “intro mess”. “This wouldn’t happen if it was Michelle Obama," Bachmann said.

OCCUPY INDEPENDENCE (AVENUE)

Protesters in D.C. Wednesday. (Photo: Scott Thuman)

Need a workout? Walk with the “occupiers.” The group put in a hearty march around D.C. Wednesday while taking aim at members of the so-called Super Committee.

Participants from Key West, Fla., Rock Island, Ill., Memphis, Tenn., and Minneapolis, Mn., had harsh words for the 12 members who couldn’t come up with a deal to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit. They marched through the Hart Senate office building, past the Capitol and outside the Rayburn building.

“For me to be in Washington D.C. is incredibly important and with the failure of the super committee to come to any reasonable …. anything, it’s disgusting! And that is why I’m here this particular week,” one woman told me. The group chanted its way down Independence Ave., over to McPherson Square, Freedom Plaza and eventually the White House where one man threw down a tent in front of the White House fence, jumped inside and screamed, “Occupy everywhere!”

DEBATE TAKEAWAYS

While in the 24-hour-news cycle the debate is almost old news, here are a couple of quick notes from last night’s arguing and back stage happenings at DAR Constitution Hall.

-Wolf Blizter, or “Blitz” as Herman Cain more than once referred to him, did a fine job of keeping the candidates focused and forced to give specifics. (Watch it here.)

-It was a virtual ‘who’s who’ for a D.C. event: Gen. Wesley Clark, Sec. Tom Ridge and Sec. Ed Meese were roaming the halls and speaking out - acting as surrogates for their respective candidates.

-Newt Gingrich made the biggest waves suggesting amnesty for long-time illegal immigrants living in the U.S. and his spokesperson in the “Spin Room” afterward was besieged with questions by reporters trying to hammer down specifics on Gingrich’s stance.

-Romney looked to bolster more support on Israeli issues by saying a trip to Tel Aviv would be his first as President - clearly a dig at President Obama who has not yet recorded that passport stamp since taking the White House.

-Rick Santorum was the only candidate to show up in the “Spin Room” but clearly had the most ground to gain. I talked to him about his stance supporting added scrutiny for Muslim Americans by TSA and other law enforcement. He called it “terrorist profiling,” not racial profiling.

***Alas my good readers, I have plenty to be thankful for this holiday…including my parents, brother, ever-loyal dog, Olive and good friends and neighbors. I hope you do too and I’ll be back with more of Thuman’s CAPITOL Thoughts soon!***

Happy Thanksgiving!

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