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Romney: 'We've got to make sure we win here in Ohio'

Romney said yesterday: “We’ve got to make sure we win here in Ohio, and when we do, we’re going to take back the White House.”

“Mitt Romney's campaign announced [yesterday] that the GOP ticket and the Republican National Committee raised $111.8 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 17,” Politico reports.

“Mitt Romney's running as far as he can from George W. Bush,” Politico writes. “In all three presidential debates, Romney's raced from the last Republican president's policies — claiming he's got new ideas for foreign policy, the deficit and energy. But for all of Romney's efforts to divorce himself from Bush, behind the scenes there's one critical way he's given the era a full embrace: its people. Romney's brought on a cadre of Bush officials to serve as his senior policy advisers, lead his presidential transition effort and help him raise millions to fuel his run — the pillars of his campaign and a potential administration.”

The Boston Globe: “Mitt Romney testified under oath in 1991 that the ex-wife of Staples founder Tom Stemberg got a fair deal in the couple’s 1988 divorce, even though the company shares Maureen Sullivan Stemberg received were valued at a tenth of Staples’ stock price on the day of its initial public offering only a year later. At the time the Stembergs split, Romney suggested, there was little indication that Staples’ value would soon skyrocket.”

The Globe also writes: “The president of the nation’s largest gay-rights advocacy group criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Thursday after the Globe reported how, as governor of Massachusetts, he blocked routine recording of births to same-sex parents.”

That story from yesterday: “Romney rejected new birth certificates for gay parents.”

AP: “Republican Mitt Romney is renewing his focus on the nation’s economy while facing continued pressure to break his silence on a GOP Senate candidate’s statement that any pregnancy resulting from rape is ‘something God intended.’ As Election Day looms less than two weeks away, the Republican presidential contender is also trying to move past new questions about his role in a key supporter’s divorce. Court documents released Thursday reveal that Romney created a special class of company stock for Staples founder Tom Stemberg’s then-wife as a ‘favor.’ Romney has so far ignored the criticism and is instead accusing President Barack Obama of playing partisan politics in an ‘incredibly shrinking campaign.’”

Romney bought ad time in Minnesota.

Keep it classy… maybe it’s actually about foreign policy: “Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, a co-chair of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign, said in an interview Thursday night that retired Gen. Colin Powell's decision to endorse President Barack Obama's re-election bid appeared to have been driven by race,” Politico writes. “However, Sununu later seemed to reverse himself. Sununu said on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight last night: "Frankly, when you take a look at Colin Powell, you have to wonder if that's an endorsement based on issues, or whether he's got a slightly different reason for preferring President Obama?" Morgan asked, "What reason would that be?" Sununu replied, "Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being President of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him.”

Sununu walked it back hours later: "Colin Powell is a friend and I respect the endorsement decision he made and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies. Piers Morgan’s question was whether Colin Powell should leave the party, and I don’t think he should.”

John McCain’s not happy that Powell endorsed, making a hot statement yesterday. Powell didn’t endorse McCain in 2008.