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Hotline Sort: Battleground Minnesota

June 20, 2012
4) Politico reports that Concerned Women for America is launching a six million dollar ad campaign hitting President Obama's health care law. The ad is airing in Iowa, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Playbook points out that it's the first presidential ad of the cycle running in Minnesota. 3) The trio of West Virginia Democrats skipping the Democratic National Convention won't be alone: Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., said he too will skip it. Critz defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire in the 12th District primary by running closer to the president, but these days, he's keeping his distance. After Obama's June 14 speech on the economy, he released a statement critical of the president. 2) The Hill reports that the conservative, Koch Brothers-backed group Americans For Prosperity is launching a TV ad campaign against six Democratic contenders. In total, the buy is $3 million and targets Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Nelson in Florida and Jon Tester, D-Mont., as well as Reps. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who is running in Virginia. 1) After ABC News first reported on Tuesday that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wasn't being vetted as a potential vice presidential candidate, Romney said later in the day that he was being vetted. Either way, veepstakes intrigue is squarely in the spotlight and now Politico reports that Tim Pawlenty has jumped to the top of Romney's short list. From the piece:

Several top Republicans said that as the hockey-playing son of a blue-collar worker, and a longtime champion of connecting with what he has called "Sam's Club Republicans," Pawlenty would be comfortable campaigning among working-class voters in a way that Romney never will be. In addition, Pawlenty is an evangelical Christian but is low-key enough about his faith that he doesn't scare off secular voters. This could help Romney with religious conservatives who may be skeptical of -- or even hostile to -- his Mormon faith.

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