WASHINGTON (AP) -- Independent Republican groups are heavily outspending their cross-party counterparts on television advertising in the campaigns for the White House and control of the Senate.
That's eating into President Barack Obama's financial advantage over Mitt Romney and prompting expressions of alarm from top Democrats.
The disparity is most evident in the race for the White House.
Crossroads GPS, Restore Our Future and other organizations aligned with the Republicans spent nearly $37 million on TV ads through the first few days of June, most of it attacking Obama. That compares with about $11 million by groups supporting the president.
Senate campaigns have been affected, notably in Ohio, where Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown's commanding lead in the polls began to erode after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others started a televised attack.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Stands up to unions? Check. Not afraid to chop government budgets? You bet. Cut taxes? Done that.
With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker a GOP hero after his recall election triumph, prominent Republicans seen as possible vice presidential picks are taking pains to remind conservatives they're working from a similar playbook.
A mere mention of Walker's name drew cheers Friday in Chicago during the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Potential vice presidential picks -- among them New Jersey's Chris Christie, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal and Virginia's Bob McDonnell -- paid visits to the C-PAC conference in President Barack Obama's back yard, where they eagerly boasted of their own accomplishments.
The presumptive GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, is expected to give those three and others a look before choosing his running mate this summer.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) -- Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama's statement that the "private sector is doing fine" will "go down in history" as an extraordinary miscalculation by an out-of-touch president.
In Iowa, Romney pounced on the comments Obama made during a White House news conference on Friday. Romney says Obama's remarks led him to ask: "Is he really that out of touch?"
Romney says Obama is "defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people."
Romney's aides say his campaign will continue to give Obama grief on the matter.
The comment revived memories of a statement Republican nominee John McCain made in 2008, during the economic turmoil, that the economy's fundamentals were sound.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans who tried to strip Bill Clinton of his presidency are now eagerly embracing the Democrat. They're using Clinton's words on taxes and decisions on military intervention to pound President Barack Obama.
In conflict with the Obama White House, Clinton says that broad tax cuts that expire in January should be temporarily renewed, including for the wealthiest Americans, to give lawmakers time to reach a deal on a longer-term extension that should exclude the rich.
House Republicans are highlighting the former president's comments and urging Obama to follow his advice.
Republican Sen. John McCain points to Clinton's actions regarding Bosnia as he criticizes Obama's response to the violence in Syria.
Democratic congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts says Republicans have always liked Democrats who are no longer eligible for election.
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