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Hotline Sort: Congressman Says He's Not A Crook

September 5, 2012
6) Politico reports that the Club for Growth is going up with a $800,000 ad buy in the Indiana Senate race against Democratic nominee, Rep. Joe Donnelly. Donnelly is locked in a close race against Republican state treasurer Richard Mourdock, who upset Sen. Richard Lugar in the GOP primary. The ad casts the congressman as a liberal in moderate's clothing: ""Who's he kidding? Donnelly supported liberal Nancy Pelosi for House speaker. He voted for the Wall Street bailout, Obama's failed stimulus and the government takeover of health care. Since Donnelly went to Washington, the national debt is up $7 trillion. Joe Donnelly: typical Washington liberal." Republicans will be encouraged that the Club for Growth, which aided Mourdock's primary victory, are now helping him in the general election. 5) American Crossroads is raining on the Democrats' convention parade, launching a $6.6 million ad blitz in swing states pillorying Obama's presidential record. "President Obama says he'll move us forward, but where's he taken us so far?" "America's worst economic recovery ever. Twenty-three million of us without full-time work. Family incomes down. Forty percent living paycheck to paycheck. And Obamacare's new tax on middle-class families. All while Obama racked up $5 trillion more in debt," the ad says. "Is that really forward - or backward?" 4) Former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will be speaking at the Democratic convention tonight, but his former Democratic rivals in Florida aren't interested in hearing what he has to say. Palm Beach County tax collector Anne Gannon, a delegate, told the Miami Herald she's going to the bathroom during his speech. 3) The Boston Globe reports that Elizabeth Warren will not be mentioning Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. by name in her primetime convention speech, instead underscoring contrasts between the president and Mitt Romney. 2) CNN reports that star actresses Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington and Scarlett Johansson will be (tentatively) speaking at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night. 1) For full coverage of last night's speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, check out NationalJournal.com's convention coverage. The verdict on Obama's speech was that it was an unqualified success, making the personal case for her husband's re-election. Castro made his national debut as the keynoter, delivering red-meat rhetoric against Mitt Romney - unlike his Republican counterpart, Christie. -- Scott Bland contributed to this report
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