“Obama, who ran for president in 2008 on a pledge to fix Washington’s combative tone, said in an interview that he had come to the conclusion ‘you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside,’” the AP reports, but adds that Obama said “he wanted people to speak out on issues, he went on to say: ‘So something that I'd really like to concentrate on in my second term is being in a much more constant conversation with the American people so that they can put pressure on Congress to help move some of these issues forward.’”
David Axelrod on TODAY: “He said in order to move Washington and to move the Congress, you have to enlist the American people. That was the lesson he learned from the standoff on the debt ceiling last summer, and he’s been making that point consistently. The fact that Gov. Romney picked up on it and attacked him on it is just one more example of how he’s just cascading from one gratuitous attack to another, instead of talking about solutions to the problems we face.”
“Forget Bill Clinton and Clint Eastwood: The biggest draw at the political conventions turned out to be Vice President Biden,” USA Today writes. “Nearly 15% of all TV viewers tuned in to Biden's speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, more than those who watched President Obama and Mitt Romney, according to a new analysis by Nielsen, the ratings company. Biden got a boost from people over 55 years old, with slightly more than 27% of this group watching his speech on Sept. 6 accepting the VP nomination.”
The Obama campaign goes up with a web video taking Romney out of context – on purpose.
“Medicare beneficiaries have saved a total of about $4.5 billion on prescription medications because of the 2010 health care law since January 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to announce today,” USA Today writes.
Priorities USA pulled in $10 million, its best month.
The DCCC outraised its counterpart, the NRCC, by about $5 million. The NRCC still has more cash on hand.