Romney on the Offensive; Clint Eastwood Endorses Romney; Congress Takes 5-week Vacation

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney says the Federal Reserve shouldn't use new stimulus measures to boost the still-sluggish economy.
The Republican presidential hopeful says he doesn't think another round of stimulus would help the economy, arguing that previous measures didn't work.
Romney tells CNN's "State of the Union" in an interview scheduled to air Sunday morning that business incentives are preferable to more government intervention.
The Fed held off last week on taking further action to boost economic growth, but indicated those measures could be announced in the near future. The Fed also opted to keep interest rates near zero in an attempt to keep borrowing costs low.
Romney also doubled down on his vow to create 12 million new jobs during his first term, calling that goal realistic and achievable.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' performance matches its approval rating -- abysmal.
Lawmakers headed home for a five-week break with a lengthy list of uncompleted work and little to show for the past year and a half except an eye-popping amount of dissatisfaction.
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are unhappy with them.
Partisanship and election-year politics have left a drought-stricken nation wondering if new help will ever come and the U.S. Postal Service uncertain about its solvency.
Some $110 billion in automatic, across-the-board cuts are due to hit military and domestic programs on Jan. 2, yet no bipartisan solution is in sight or even under discussion by those who really matter.
The standoff is what happens when a bitterly divided government mixes with election-year politics to throw sand in the gears of official Washington.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Mitt Romney is attacking what he calls "an extraordinary series of policy failures" from President Barack Obama, but says America is "poised to take off economically."
The Republican presidential contender campaigned briefly in Indiana on Saturday. He told dozens of supporters gathered in a local barbecue restaurant that the latest jobs report is evidence Obama's economic policies aren't working.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the American economy added 163,000 jobs in July, the best pace of hiring in five months. The jobless rate ticked up to 8.3 percent.
Obama narrowly won Indiana four years ago, becoming the first Democrat to carry the state in more than 40 years.
During comments that lasted about 10 minutes, Romney says good times are coming to America, but only if Obama is defeated.

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (AP) -- Clint Eastwood just made Mitt Romney's day.
The Oscar-winning director and longtime movie star says he's endorsing the Republican presidential candidate.
Eastwood tells The Associated Press that he's backing Romney because, in Eastwood's words, "I think the country needs a boost."
Eastwood was among those attending a Romney fundraiser Friday night in Sun Valley, Idaho.
In February, Eastwood told Fox News that he wasn't supporting any politician at that time. Some saw the "halftime in America" ad he made for the Super Bowl as a nod toward President Barack Obama. Eastwood responded then by saying he was not "politically affiliated" with the president.
Eastwood won Academy Awards for directing and producing "Unforgiven" and "Million Dollar Baby" and starred in those films as well as the Dirty Harry movies.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- Mitt Romney says Congress and the president should delay looming cuts in military and domestic spending for at least one year.
The Republican presidential contender said Friday during a campaign trip to Las Vegas that the cuts would be "terrible," particularly for the military.
Congress approved the cuts as part of a deal to reduce the deficit. They were designed to help lawmakers come up with a better plan. But that didn't happen -- so the cuts are scheduled to go into effect next year.
Romney says he wants President Barack Obama and lawmakers to work together to put, in his words, "a year's runway," in place to give the next president time to reform the tax system and ensure the military's needs are met.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is playing a round of golf on his 51st birthday, kicking off a quiet birthday weekend away from re-election campaigning.
Obama was playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday before heading to Camp David, the private presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin (kuh-TAHK'-tin) Mountains.
Obama got some early birthday wishes on Thursday during a campaign rally in Florida, where supporters sang "Happy Birthday" to the president.
Obama joked that his birthday wishes "probably would have to do with electoral votes. Winning Florida wouldn't be a bad birthday present."
The president returns to campaigning next week with fundraisers in Connecticut and rallies in Colorado.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Russ Carnahan and William Lacy Clay Jr. are colleagues in Congress and members of prominent political families.
They've cordially represented St. Louis for several years.
But now the Democratic congressmen are accusing one another of lying as they get ready to face one another in a primary Tuesday.
That's what can happen when two incumbents are thrown together in the same district because of redistricting.
In St. Louis and Detroit, a decades-long exodus of residents has forced the combination of districts, resulting in Tuesday's primaries.
Later this month, Republican incumbents will face off in Florida and Arizona. Those states gained seats after the 2010 census, but congressmen are competing in the most politically advantageous areas.
Nationwide, House incumbents are matched up in 11 elections this year.

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