‘Dirty Liar’ Harry… “The Mitt Romney camp raged Sunday over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's incendiary — and unsubstantiated — accusation that the presumed Republican presidential nominee may not have paid taxes for the past decade,” USA Today writes. “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus went so far as to call Reid a "dirty liar" in an interview on ABC's This Week….”
Politico’s Mahtesian: “[T]he actual term ‘liar’ crosses a line that’s seldom breached, signaling a widespread GOP belief that, even by the diminished standards of contemporary political debate, Reid has violated a code. … the GOP has indicated it plans to make it personal. Between the loaded language and Priebus’s pointed reference to Reid’s Ritz-Carlton abode – an issue that surfaced in the senator’s 2010 re-election campaign – Republicans just sent the clearest signal to Reid yet that he needs to either produce the evidence, stand down or prepare for an extended public discussion of his own finances.”
Yet part of Reid’s calculation has to be that he’s happy to take the slings and arrows for his party, considering the consequences for Democrats if President Obama is defeated and Republicans take over the Senate. Reid’s not up for reelection until 2016 and that he’s 71 years old.
“President Obama's campaign has sued the state of Ohio over new rules for early voting designed to benefit members of the military, saying the extra hours should be available to all voters,” USA Today writes. “That lawsuit prompted claims by Mitt Romney and aides that the Obama campaign is targeting military voters -- a false claim, Obama's team quickly responded.”
More: “Obama political adviser David Axelrod, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said Romney's claims are ‘false and misleading,’ and that the lawsuit is about ‘whether the rest of Ohio should have the same right’ to early voting as members of the military.”
“The debut of a public database charting political ad buys has revealed … not much,” USA Today writes. “Broadcast TV stations in the top 50 markets are now required to post information about their political ad sales on a Federal Communications Commission website. The online database, which went live Thursday, is intended to provide easier public access to stations' political files, which until now could only be viewed by going to the TV stations. But under the FCC rule, which was opposed by the National Association of Broadcasters, stations don't have to post information about ad sales prior to Thursday. So anyone looking for information about the hundreds of millions of dollars that candidates and outside expenditure groups have already spent on advertising this election season will find nothing.”
Still, this is a step in the right direction.
Obama’s campaign continues to focus on women with a new ad running in swing states on contraception. It includes this line: “This is not the 1950s. Contraception is so important to women.”