“Romney senior adviser Ed Gillespie told CNN that he did not know when his candidate would balance the federal budget, the day after Rep. Paul Ryan said the campaign had not yet ‘run the numbers,’” Political Wire writes.
What’s a million here, a million there? “While being vetted by Mitt Romney's campaign, GOP vice presidential hopeful Rep. Paul Ryan amended two years of his financial disclosure statements to add an income-producing trust worth between $1 million and $5 million that he had previously neglected to report,” USA Today writes. “The filings, however, left unanswered how and why family income of such significant size initially went unreported. Ethics specialists differed on the issue's significance. Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, said ‘the amount and timing of this new disclosure suggests that Ryan had not sought to be fully transparent about his income and investments until he felt compelled to do so.’
“But Rob Walker, former chief counsel and staff director for both the Senate and House ethics committees, said the omission was not a serious matter. ‘It certainly doesn't appear on the face of anything that's been filed, including the forms and the letters, that this was anything other than inadvertent,’ Walker said, noting that many members of Congress file amendments to their annual financial disclosure filings.”
“GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to be ‘dogged’ by the now legendary 1983 incident when he strapped the family’s Irish setter to the roof of his car during a road trip,” the Boston Globe writes. “Tuesday it was President Obama himself in a stump speech criticizing his opponent on alternative energy. ‘You can’t drive a car with a windmill on it,’ Obama quoted Romney in Iowa. ‘I don’t know if he’s actually tried that. I know he’s had other things on his car.’ Indeed, Democrats and animal rights advocates have repeatedly referenced the incident – in which the family dog Seamus was placed in a carrier tied to the roof rack -- to try to make the former Massachusetts governor appear heartless. Now another, louder voice is being been added to the mix: the 1980s new-wave rock band Devo is coming out with a new single titled ‘Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro.’”
Rolling Stone: “Devo's Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, ‘Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro,’ isn't meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation. ‘This isn't a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama,’ he says. ‘But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It's just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don't feel that Mitt does.’”
USA Today: “Mitt Romney's dog to be immortalized in Devo song.”
Yet another band telling a candidate not to use its song – this time it’s the Silversun Pickups telling Romney not to use their song, “Panic Switch.” The groups says it ‘‘has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign” and its lead singer released this statement: “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.”
And then another rocker did this: “Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine rocked concertgoers during a recent show in a completely different way - blaming President Obama for ‘staging’ the recent spate of mass shootings in the United States,” the New York Daily News writes. “At the band’s Aug. 7 concert in Singapore, the 50-year-old heavy metal went on a bizarre anti-Obama rant in between songs. ‘Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban, so he's staging all of these murders,’ says Mustaine in a video flagged by heavy metal news site Blabbermouth.net Wednesday. ‘Like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple. … "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America.”
The RNC announced it latest round of speakers, including ex-Democrat Artur Davis, who after losing races in Alabama as a Democrat switched to become a Republican. By the way, he didn’t like Biden’s “chains” comments.