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Hotline Sort: McCaskill Embraces Health Care Law

July 3, 2012
4) The Charlotte Observer reports that Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., says he doesn't plan to endorse Obama for re-election and isn't sure he'll attend the Democratic National Convention, which is being held in his home state and near his home district. 3) Already boosted by an infusion of outside money sent into Ohio to help him on the airwaves, Republican Senate nominee Josh Mandel has reserved $4 million in fall airtime, Politico reports. 2) The New York Times reports on the latest in the still uncertain Democratic primary in New York's 13th District. Rep. Charles Rangel was raising money from supporters on Monday to help him defend himself against legal challenges to what was viewed by his campaign as a win over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who questioned the results of the close race which went before a state Supreme Court judge on Monday. Rangel's 800+ vote lead is narrow, but he still appears to have the upper hand here. 1) The Supreme Court's health care ruling provided House Democrats' campaign arm with a surge of financial momentum. DCCC Chairman Steve Israel announced on Tuesday that that the DCCC has raised $2.3 million since the Tuesday ruling and Saturday was the single biggest grassroots' fundraising day in the committee's history. What's good for the DCCC hasn't been good for Romney, whose candidacy has been weakened by last week's Supreme Court ruling. Romney aide Eric Fehrnstrom said the mandate in the former governor's Massachusetts plan was a penalty and not a tax. If the law was overturned, Romney could make an issue of Obama's governance and constitutional aptitude. But with it upheld, it's Romney's own health care record that's preventing him from making a stronger case against the president. -- Josh Kraushaar contributed
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