Presidential Campaign Taking Shape

By: AP
By: AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is telling supporters that he'll be offering "a better path forward" when he speaks at his party's convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Speaking today in Iowa, Obama told voters that "the good news is, you get to choose which path we take."
Starting Tuesday, a parade of high-profile speakers will vouch for Obama's economic agenda. They'll include former president Bill Clinton, who will remind voters of the flush economy during his administration and make the case that Obama's policies will lead to similar results.
The convention opens Tuesday with Michelle Obama as featured speaker. She is expected to say Obama is the best candidate to advocate on behalf of the middle class because he has experienced their struggles himself.
Obama isn't expected to outline any new policy proposals. Instead, he plans to make the case for continuing what he has started. Aides say he won't ignore the economic woes that have defined his four years in the White House. But they say he plans to focus largely on the future, and why he believes his policies will succeed in a second term.
Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry -- who is seen as a potential second-term secretary of state under Obama -- will address a large stadium crowd Thursday night before Obama speaks.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- After two campaign appearances on Saturday, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney plans to spend a few days in New England preparing for three debates planned in October with President Barack Obama.
A Romney spokesman says the campaign currently has no public events planned for the most competitive states during the Democratic National Convention that starts Tuesday. He says Romney will be sequestered with Ohio Sen. Rob Portman preparing for the debates.
Obama campaigned in three battleground states last week during Romney's Republican National Convention.
Romney's running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, will campaign in Greenville, N.C., on Monday. Other Romney allies also will make appearances on his behalf.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Listening to Republicans, a vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is imperative to save the nation.
In just days, Democrats will present a starkly different vision at their convention. They'll sketch out a portrait of a nation on the rebound after the worst financial crisis since the Depression.
The election offers the parties' sharply different visions of the state of America, as well as of the government's role and reach.
Republicans envision a smaller government, with fewer social safety net programs and regulations, increased defense spending and more tax cuts. Democrats see a government able to lift those who need help and a nation where the wealthy pay more of their share.
Which vision stays with people on Nov. 6 will determine which candidate wins.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is reaching out to the thousands of military voters who live in and around Jacksonville, Fla. He told a crowd in Jacksonville today that the world "is not a safer place right now," partly because of Iran's nuclear efforts.
During the Republican National Convention earlier this week, Romney accused President Barack Obama of not taking Iran's threat seriously enough, and not showing enough support for Iran's arch-enemy, Israel.
Romney campaigned in Jacksonville with running mate Paul Ryan.
Both had been in Ohio earlier in the day. Ryan attended the Ohio State University game in Columbus against his alma mater, Miami University of Ohio. And Romney also had football on his mind, telling a crowd in Cincinnati that he would lead America to a "winning season."
He vowed to "cut the deficit and get us on track to a balanced budget."

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Mitt Romney is promoting an agenda that he says will bring "a winning season" back to the country.
The Republican presidential nominee wants to develop natural resources that will help make the U.S. energy independent. He wants to open new markets for American products and crack down on unfair trade practices by competitors.
Romney, back campaigning after the GOP convention, tells a Cincinnati crowd that workers and schoolchildren will get the skills they need to succeed in a global economy.
He promises to cut the deficit and work toward balancing the budget, and help businesses by abolishing President Barack Obama's health law and burdensome federal regulations. Lower taxes for companies also are on the agenda.
He's promising to unite the country and accuses Obama's campaign of "divisiveness and bitterness."

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