5) In his first TV ad, former Charlotte Republican Mayor Pat McCrory urges voters to put politics aside "and think about us." McCrory is the frontrunner for the open governor's seat, and the early cash advantage he built should help him run many more ads as the campaign progresses. 4) Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., says the way Elizabeth Warren has responded to the controversy over her heritage has been "like water torture." Warren scrambled on Thursday to assuage concerns among supporters about her handling of the matter. 3) No laughing matter: Michigan Rep. Thad McCotter's inability to get on the Republican primary ballot is turning out to be more than just an embarrassment for his campaign. The Wall Street Journal reports that the state AG's office has opened up a probe of possible fraud by his campaign. 2) Don't worry Cory Booker, you're off the hook for your Bain comments now that a much more prominent Democrat has overshadowed you, weighing in with even more positive comments . Bill Clinton told CNN on Thursday: "I don't think that we ought to get into the position where we say this is bad work. This is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be, what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president?" Later in his remarks, Clinton referenced Romney's "sterling business career" and said he "crossed the qualification threshold" of being president, even as he was attempting to tweak the Republican presidential nominee for caring more about profits than people. 1) In the final debate of the recall campaign between Democrat Tom Barrett and Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Barrett stuck to the John Doe investigation of Walker's aides from his time as Milwaukee Mayor as his main mode of attack. It's the latest sign that the collective bargaining issue that sparked the recall in the first place has faded intot he background, as Democrats are using new ways to attack Walker. The final weekend of the campaign will be worth keeping an eye on -- beginning today, when Barrett will stump with Clinton.
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