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Obama: The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

Six-column, large-font, front page Des Moines Register headline: “Wind credit likely to stay: Obama promotes its extension; Iowa delegation cautiously optimistic.”

The story’s lead: “All the huff and puff on the campaign trail in Iowa aside, it’s likely that the wind energy tax credit will pass this fall, Iowans who follow the issue say. It’s a topic that Iowa voters typically don’t bring up. But President Barack Obama loves to talk about it because it gives him an opening to bash GOP rival Mitt Romney for being opposed to an incentive that all of Iowa’s top politicians consider important.”

Note: The entire Iowa delegation, including Republicans, supports it. Romney is not, and his staff doubled down on that in the story: “Romney’s Iowa campaign aide, Shawn McCoy, said Tuesday that Romney is a strong supporter of wind power. The distinction is that Romney draws the line at government subsidies, contending that all sources of energy should compete on their own merits. The tax credit cost the federal government $1.6 billion this year.”

The New York Times: “When Charlotte first emerged as the top contender to host the Democratic convention, its lead cheerleader was James E. Rogers, the outspoken chief executive of the hometown utility, Duke Energy. He promised to be a public face and a private fund-raiser for the effort.  Mr. Rogers has not only solicited donations but has also arranged for his company to donate office space and guarantee a loan to the convention committee.”

But: “The intersection of Duke Energy’s interests and its support for the convention is testing Mr. Obama’s pledge to free the party’s gathering from business and lobbyist support. The situation is a microcosm of a larger issue that Mr. Obama’s campaign has faced. It has tried to balance the president’s longtime pledge to reduce the influence of special interests in politics with his real-world need to raise the huge amounts of money that modern campaigns require, at times in ways that seem to contradict those pledges.”

The Romney campaign called Joe Biden’s “chains” comments a “new low.” Andrea Saul statement: “In case anyone was wondering just how low President Obama could go in his campaign for re-election, we now know he’s willing to say that Governor Romney wants to put people back in chains. Whether its accusing Mitt Romney of being a felon, having been responsible for a woman’s tragic death or now wanting to put people in chains, there’s no question that because of the President’s failed record he’s been reduced to a desperate campaign based on division and demonization.”

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) said on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports yesterday that Biden’s comments were "code word that the Republicans are trying to be racial in their programs. That’s ridiculous."

Obama spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said on the show that the campaign agrees with Biden’s sentiment. “The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments.” Biden’s team pushed back saying Republicans on Capitol Hill have been using the word “unshackling” when it comes to regulations on business. “The Vice President has often used a similar metaphor to describe the need to ‘unshackle’ the middle class. Today’s comments were a derivative of those remarks, describing the devastating impact letting Wall Street write its own rules again would have on middle class families. We find the Romney campaign’s outrage over the Vice President’s comments today hypocritical, particularly in light of their own candidate’s stump speech questioning the President’s patriotism. Now, let’s return to that ‘substantive’ debate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan promised 72 hours ago, but quickly abandoned.”

Of course, there was also President Obama invoking Mitt Romney’s dog-on-roof story. He was hitting Romney on the wind tax credit in Iowa and cited Romney saying, “You can't drive a car with a windmill on it." Then Obama then ad-libbed: "I don't know he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car."

The Des Moines Register: “Romney has gotten much ribbing since he shared an anecdote about how the family dog, Seamus, rode happily in a carrier attached to the roof of the car during a vacation.”

The White House has a brewery? “In perhaps the most startling revelation so far in Obama’s three-day bus tour across Iowa, it was revealed Tuesday that the White House brews its own beer, and that the presidential bus is stocked with bottles of that beer,” the Des Moines Register notes.