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Romney: In secret?

Matt Viser: “The secretly-taped fundraising video – which emerged in full on Tuesday – has caused the Republican presidential candidate all types of problems for the comments he made that evening in May. But overlooked in the storm of controversy is that the fundraising video provides a rare peek into the types of events that Romney has been holding almost non-stop since April – a schedule that has him interacting with high-dollar donors far more than he does with average voters. And while it’s been a common criticism that Romney isn’t talking specifics or in-depth policy, the video demonstrates that he actually is – on what he thinks about Middle East peace, and what he makes of income inequality – but it’s just not often in public forums. One Romney donor, asked about the uproar over the video, shrugged. These are things he’d heard many times, he said, at many Romney fundraisers.”

The AP: “Now it’s Mitt Romney who wants to be the candidate of change. Romney seized on President Barack Obama’s comment that ‘you can’t change Washington from the inside.’ Grasping for a way to right his campaign and appeal to independents, the Republican nominee said he has what it takes to end the nasty partisanship in the nation’s capital. Romney was expected to press the issue again Friday during a campaign rally in Nevada, a state hard hit by the nation’s housing and unemployment woes. Obama, traveling Friday to Virginia and addressing an AARP convention by satellite, planned to keep hammering Romney for comments he made in a private fundraiser about 47 percent of the country believing they are victims and entitled to a government handouts.”

Ann Romney to conservative critics, per Radio Iowa (via NBC’s Alex Moe): "Stop it. This is hard. You want to try it? Get in the ring. This is hard and, you know, it's an important thing that we're doing right now and it's an important election and it is time for all Americans to realize how significant this election is and how lucky we are to have someone with Mitt's qualifications and experience and know-how to be able to have the opportunity to run this country."

With his Super PAC Ending Spending, “Joe Ricketts, the founder of what became online brokerage TD Ameritrade Inc., plans to spend $10 million airing ads supporting GOP nominee Mitt Romney and another $2 million to help Republicans running for Congress. The ads will begin airing this week,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

Another outside group, Secure America Now, has an ad featuring Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The New York Times: The group that produced the ad, Secure America Now, is run by two longtime Republican strategists, Nelson Warfield and John McLaughlin, and Pat Caddell, a former aide to Jimmy Carter who is now a Fox News contributor. They have reserved $500,000 of airtime in Fort Myers, West Palm Beach and Miami. A senior Israeli official said the government was not consulted on the ad and did not approve it.”

NBC/SMG Delta has not yet confirmed the ad buys.

“After dominating the fundraising race for much of the summer, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney started the fall campaign sprint with a little more than $50 million available to spend and a large loan to repay, campaign-finance reports filed Thursday show,” USA Today writes. “Romney raised nearly $67 million in August and spent nearly as much, according to his filings with the Federal Election commission.”

Not so Goode: Former Virginia representative Virgil Goode receives several calls a week from worried Republicans asking him to drop his presidential bid,” USA Today writes about the third-party candidate who’s on the ballot in Virginia. “‘They have just said, ‘We hope you don't run in the race; we think you are going to take votes from Romney,' Goode said in a recent interview. The callers never said they were prodded by Romney's campaign, he said, but he suspected it might have prompted the calls. A recent Washington Post poll shows Goode, who is running as the Constitution Party's candidate, getting 2% of the vote, a percentage that looked like a major problem for Romney earlier this month when polls showed Romney and President Obama neck in neck in the state. … Goode contended that most people who would vote for him probably wouldn't have voted at all, so it was unlikely he would cut into whatever narrow margin exists on Nov. 6.