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Obama: Powell endorses Obama again

Colin Powell endorsed President Obama on CBS. "I plan to stick with him in 2012,” he said. "I signed on for a long patrol with President Obama, and I don't think this is the time to make such a sudden change." Citing foreign policy, Powell said Obama’s has been “very, very solid” on terrorism and warned that there are "very strong neoconservative views that are presented" from Romney and his campaign. He also called Romney’s foreign policy "a moving target."  He said, "Sol I am not quite sure which Gov. Romney we would be getting with respect to foreign policy.”

He added, "I'm a Republican of a more moderate mold" and called himself a "dying breed." And: "Let's not forget that Congress bears a lot of responsibility for many of the problems we have now,” but Obama needs to show "greater presidential leadership.” He also said Romney didn’t ask for his endorsement.

Obama was on Leno last night and raised the specter of Supreme Court appointments as it relates to Richard Mourdock and the choice in the election. “I don't know how these guys come up with these ideas. Let me make a very simple proposition. …. Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so, these various distinctions about rape and, you know -- don't make too much sense to me. Don't make any sense to me.

“The second thing this underscores, though, this is exactly why you don't want a bunch of politicians -- mostly male -- making decisions about women's health care decisions. I -- women are capable of making these decisions in consultation with their partners, with their doctors. And, you know, for politicians to want to intrude in this stuff, often times without any information, is a huge problem. And this is obviously a part of what's at stake in this election. You've got a Supreme Court that -- you know, typically a president is going to have probably another couple of appointments during the course of his term. And, you know, Roe vs. Wade is probably hanging in the balance.”

AP: “Seeking to shore up his support among women voters, President Barack Obama on Thursday hammered Republican rival Mitt Romney anew over his backing of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Senate candidate drawing fire for saying that pregnancies that result from rape are ‘something God intended.’”

More: “ ‘Unlike some other leaders in the Republican Party, like John McCain, Mitt Romney hasn’t questioned his endorsement of Richard Mourdock or ever once stood up to the most extreme elements of his own party. Instead, he tapes ads for them,’ Obama’s campaign says in an online video. His aides haven’t ruled out the possibility of using a similar message in TV ads in battleground states in the coming days as the president looks to break open a race national polls show is close. While a Romney campaign aide has said he disagreed with Mourdock’s remark, the Republican presidential nominee is standing by Mourdock and hasn’t asked the Indiana state treasurer to take down a TV ad Romney filmed for him earlier this week.”

Obama also mocked Donald Trump, who yesterday promised to donate $5 million to a charity of Obama’s choice if he’d release his college transcripts and passport applications, leading the charge once again on conspiracy theories about the 44th president of the United States, who he somehow implies is illegitimate. Obama on Leno: "This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya.  We had constant run-ins on the soccer field." Obama added to laughter. "He wasn't very good and resented it. ... When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over."

Bill Clinton’s in another ad for Obama. Here’s the script: Clinton: "The stuff some folks are saying about President Obama sound kind of familiar. The same people said my ideas destroyed jobs—they called me every name in the book. Well we created 22 million new jobs and turned deficits into surpluses. President Obama's got it right. We should invest in the middle class, education and innovation. And pay down our debt with spending restraint and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. Sound familiar?"

Clinton will be on the trail with Obama at rallies Monday in, where else, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia.

Michelle Obama will do a fundraiser in Boston Tuesday for her husband’s campaign.

And the campaign has an ad called “537” aimed at those registered voters who are for him but aren’t getting into the likely voter models. Here’s the script: "Five hundred and thirty seven. The number of votes that changed the course of American history.” From a newscast: "Florida is too close to call.” Announcer: "The difference between what was..." [Picture of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney] "And what could have been....  So this year, if you're thinking that your vote doesn't count. That it won't matter. Well, back then, there were probably at least 537 people, who felt the same way. Make your voice heard. Vote."