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Romney: Defending the record

GOP 12’s Heinze on Romney’s new ad: “One ad isn't going to sufficiently beat back attacks on his record, but it's smart to get a jump on defending it.”

“Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is planning a trio of major fundraising events in the Washington area later in June, including a $50,000-per-person private dinner in Georgetown with the presumptive Republican nominee,” the Washington Post reports.

“When it comes to bunking down in hotels, Mitt Romney's campaign is giving some of its business to the company founded by a family friend,” USA Today writes. “The presumptive GOP presidential nominee's campaign has spent more than $475,000 on travel expenses at Marriott hotels, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis.”

According to his financial disclosure, released last week, Romney sits on Marriott’s board.

“Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino owner, is reportedly ready to support Mitt Romney for president with a $1 million donation to a super PAC,” USA Today writes.

As First Read did this week, the AP also notes the irony of the GOP praising Bill Clinton: “Republicans who tried to strip Bill Clinton of his presidency have eagerly embraced the Democrat, taking his words on taxes and decisions on Bosnia and using them to pound another Democratic president, Barack Obama.”