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State and Nation

October 7, 2012

Romney shows softer side; Obama raising more cash

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The weekend had Obama on a high, and he needed it after a lackluster midweek debate against Romney that gave fresh hope to the challenger's bid.

Friday brought the news that the unemployment rate has dropped below 8 percent for the first time since Obama took office. And on Saturday, Obama's campaign reported that the president and his party raised a combined $181 million in September, their most lucrative month of the election. And, belatedly, Obama and his wife celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

Meanwhile, Romney's campaign unveiled a new television ad claiming Obama is not telling the truth when he says Romney wants to cut $5 trillion in taxes. The campaign has not said where the ad will run.

Obama's campaign is also running a new TV ad called "Dishonest," which carries on the post-debate theme that Romney grossly misrepresented his own positions as well as Obama's on taxes. Online videos were posted by the campaign with the mantra, "Romney won't tell the truth," about Medicare, energy, taxes and more.

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