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Obama’s High-End Campaign Fashions Unveiled

Lukas Coch-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Forget those pedestrian campaign T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers.  The Obama campaign has officially gone upscale and chic in an effort to help re-elect the president in 2012.

Their new “Runway to Win” line of designer campaign swag is now for sale in the campaign’s online store, featuring colorful $85 tote bags by big-name designers Vera Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg and a $75 version by fashion favorite Tory Burch.

Looking for a T-shirt? Stars Marc Jacobs, Beyonce, Sean Combs and Jason Wu -- who designed Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown -- have each contributed a design. They range in price from $45 to $55 apiece.

The priciest of the 13 items listed online is $95 for a Thakoon-designed silk scarf.

Standard campaign T-shirts, it should be noted, cost $30, while a simple canvas tote costs $50 in the same online store.

The money raised from the sale of campaign-themed apparel and accessory benefits the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account of both Obama and the Democratic National Committee, according to the website.

The full list of participating designers:  Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Beyonce & Tina Knowles, Derek Lam, Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez, Tracy Reese, Narcisco Rodriguez, Rachel Roy, Thakoon Panichgul, Grace Tsao-Wu & Laura Kofoid, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marcus Wainwright & David Neville, Jason Wu, Altuzarra, Richard Blanch, Eddie Borgo, Georgina Chapman & Keren Craig, Sean Combs, Prabal Gurung, Monique Pean, Russell Simmons and Vera Wang.

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Obama Visits Chicago Campaign Headquarters Before Fundraising

Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- President Obama made a surprise visit to his re-election headquarters in Chicago Wednesday afternoon before an evening of fundraisers expected to net at least $1.8 million for Democrats and his campaign.

“The people who are working in Chicago and have been for the better part of the last year have been focused on his re-election, have ensured that he’s had time to focus on his duties as president of the United States. So this will be an opportunity for him to swing by the office, to say hello to the staff that’s been hard at work there and to thank them for their efforts,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One ahead of the stop.

While the press was not allowed into headquarters, the president reportedly spoke briefly to a few hundred members of his staff, reminiscing about his first trip to Chicago as a young man and the early days of his campaign for the state Senate. He then shook “many, many hands,” Earnest said.

This was Obama’s first visit to the sprawling 50,000-square-foot office space at One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper overlooking Millenium Park, a campaign aide confirmed.  (ABC News recently got an inside look at the operation, which you can learn more about HERE.)

Obama will spend the remainder of Wednesday evening mingling with supporters and donors at three Windy City events, all raising money for the Obama Victory Fund, a joint account to benefit Obama and the Democratic National Committee for 2012.

The president will rally a crowd of more than 500 younger supporters at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where R&B singer Janelle Monae and CSI: NY star Hill Harper are featured guests. Tickets started at $44 for Gen 44 members and go up to $100 general admission, a Democratic official said.

He then heads to a glitzy reception at the private residence of media mogul Fred Eychaner, where at least 60 guests will have paid $35,800 per couple for a chance to see the president, the official said.

Eychaner is one of Obama’s “bundlers,” collecting between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama and Democrats for 2012, according to campaign finance records.

Obama will conclude the evening with a $7,500-and-up-per-person reception at the home of former Bear Stearns executive Stuart Taylor. More than 100 are expected to attend.

By law, the first $5,000 of an individual’s contribution to the Obama Victory Fund goes directly to Obama’s campaign, while the rest, up to $30,800, to the DNC.

Obama’s last visit to Chicago was on Aug. 3 for a fundraiser and a 50th-birthday bash.

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Democrats Blast Newt Gingrich in First Video Ad 

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in the presidential primary campaign, Democrats are turning their web video and “rapid response” email attack machine on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Just hours after the ABC News presidential debate in Iowa Saturday, the Democratic National Committee blasted the GOP front-runner in a 90-second ad, labeling him the “original Tea Partier.”

While top Democratic and Obama campaign strategists had made a rhetorical shift in recent days—abandoning their previously exclusive focus on Mitt Romney—the video marks a new phase in their offensive and recognition of Gingrich’s rise in the polls.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz underscored the new line of messaging in a statement following the debate, calling the former Speaker “a Tea Party politician even before there was a Tea Party.”

“He supported gutting funding for education and Medicare to fund a tax cut for millionaires and shut down the government over it and those are the same policies he supports today,” she said.

Earlier this week, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod launched the first direct Democratic attacks on Gingrich, labeling him the “godfather of gridlock” for his role in the federal government shutdown of 1995 and the partisan battle to impeach President Bill Clinton.

A spokesman for the Gingrich campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Romney Draws Fire for ‘Irritable’ Interview

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A one-on-one national news interview with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is a rare commodity these days, and perhaps this ad released Wednesday by the Democratic National Committee is why.

The two-and-a-half minute web video is a montage of news commentators criticizing Romney’s performance in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier that aired Tuesday.

First, bold white words zoom out of a black background calling Romney “tense,” “irritable,” and “flustered.”  Then, clips from various news broadcasts show pundits calling the interview “disastrous” and “uncomfortable,” and saying Romney was “overly testy,” “snippy” and that “he clearly didn’t like being challenged on some of the simplest questions.”

The Baier interview did get heated at times, with Romney telling Baier “You’re wrong, Bret” when he mentioned that Romney had said the Massachusetts health care law was a model for the nation.  And when Baier asked about the law’s individual mandate, Romney criticized him for conducting “an unusual interview” as he shifted his weight uncomfortably.

Romney grew irritated when he fielded a question from Baier on the accusations that he has flip-flopped on ”climate change, abortion, immigration, gay rights.”

“How can voters trust what they hear from you today is what you will believe if you win the White House?” Baier asked.

Romney responded: “Well, Bret, your list is just not accurate.  So, one, we’re going to have to be better informed about my views on issues.”

Romney saved some of his criticism for the newest addition to the top of the GOP polls, Newt Gingrich, whom he called a “life-long politician.”

“Speaker Gingrich is a good man.  He and I have very different backgrounds,” Romney said.  “He spent his last 30 or 40 years in Washington.  I spent my career in the private sector.”

And when asked about the big endorsement Gingrich picked up this week from New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader, Romney played off the paper’s obvious snub to his campaign with a joke.

“You know, the union leaders have not always been happy with me,” he told Baier.

Romney has dedicated ample resources to campaigning in New Hampshire and even launched his campaign from the Granite State.

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DNC Ad Lampoons Romney as ‘Two Mitts Willing to Say Anything’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee released an ad Monday morning that describes Mitt Romney as “two men trapped in one body.”

The 30 second ad, titled “Trapped,” will play in six markets, including Albuquerque, N.M.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Washington, D.C.; and Milwaukee. The DNC declined to specify how large of an ad buy this was or how much was spent on the spot.

[Click here to watch the ad]

The Romney campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the ad.

The DNC accuses Romney of being “Two Mitts willing to say anything,” a reference to his change in stance on abortion.

In an extended version of the ad on the new website, the DNC edits together clips from the CNN debate in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested that Romney had hired illegal immigrants to do his yard work.

While Romney is heard saying that he’s never hired an illegal immigrant in one frame, the next has him explaining how the company he contracted with had hired illegals without his knowledge.  The intricacies of the hiring are not evident in the ad.

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Gen. Wesley Clark Hits Romney, GOP on National Security

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Retired Gen. Wesley Clark, the former Democratic presidential candidate turned surrogate for President Obama’s re-election campaign, on Monday sharply criticized the Republican contenders for being “all over the map” on foreign policy and national security.  

They are “offering sound-bite critiques and shifting positions with every change in the headlines as they seek partisan advantage,” Clark said in prepared remarks to the National Press Club, a prebuttal to Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate.

The former NATO commander did not single out Republicans by name, according to excerpts of the speech released by the DNC, continuing the Democratic strategy of casting all Republicans as adherents of a single “extreme” ideology.  But he provided plenty of rhetorical cues to indirectly identify his targets, including frontrunner Mitt Romney.

“In his first major address on foreign policy, delivered one month ago at the Citadel, one candidate made a scant, passing reference to Iraq,” Clark said, referring to Romney. “Then a couple of weeks later, he accused the president of failing to make an orderly transition in Iraq, when in fact it hasn’t even happened yet but it has been well planned and exhaustively considered.”

Clark took Romney to task for his position on Iran, saying it’s “evolved from needing to consult lawyers about how to proceed in 2007 to an eagerness for military action now that gives many of us pause.”  Romney said in a 2007 campaign appearance that he’d seek legal advice before ordering military action against Iran, according to the Chicago Tribune.  At a debate earlier this month, Romney said definitively that if he were president, Iran would not have nuclear weapons.  

And Clark singled out what he described as Romney’s shifting position on Afghanistan. “One praised President Obama’s troop surge and concurred with the idea of later taking combat troops out of Afghanistan, while criticizing setting a withdrawal date. Then he suggested U.S. troops should stay there. Then he said he’d like to see the troops come home ‘as soon as possible.'"  

As for Obama, Clark says he cited a litany of “promises kept,” including an end to the war in Iraq, a drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the killing of Osama bin Laden and imposition of the toughest sanctions on Iran to date.

“As president, he has kept America safe, maintained our values, supported our allies and friends around the world, and shaped strong, visionary policies,” Clark said.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul strongly refuted Clark’s assessment, blasting Obama’s foreign policy as “feckless.”

“President Obama’s feckless foreign policy has emboldened our adversaries, weakened our allies, and threatens to break faith with our military,” she said in a statement. “His naive approach to Iran has allowed the ayatollahs to come to the brink of a nuclear weapon. He has repeatedly thrown Israel under the bus. And his failure to show any kind of leadership during the recent supercommittee negotiations may saddle our military with a trillion dollars in defense cuts that his own decretary of defense called ‘devastating.’”

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RNC Beats DNC in October Fundraising

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican National Committee -- the Republican Party’s main electoral committee -- beat out its Democratic counterpart, the Democratic National Committee, in fundraising for the month of October.

The RNC pulled in $8.5 million for the month while the DNC raised $7.9 million.

Both committees saw a decrease in fundraising from the previous month of September, but the DNC’s decline was much larger. In September, the committee raised $14.6 million -- almost double its October earnings.

The RNC’s decrease was much smaller -- down less than $1 million from the $9.3 million they took in for September.

The Democratic National Committee’s earnings for October include $2 million raised on behalf of a joint account shared by the DNC and President Obama’s re-election campaign called, “The Obama Victory Fund.”

As of the end of October, the RNC had more cash on hand than the DNC, but also a larger debt. The Republican National Committee had $13.5 million on hand, and $13.9 million in debt. The Democratic National Committee had $11.1 million in the bank, and a debt of $9 million.

The RNC has reduced its debt by more than $10 million since Reince Priebus became chairman in January. Chairman Priebus put out a statement Friday following the release of the October fundraising numbers.

“Highlighting the Republican enthusiasm across the country, over the last 10 months our major donors and grassroots supporters have returned in large numbers to the RNC,” he said. “Their support has empowered us to build an effective, competition operation to defeat Barack Obama in 2012.”

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Democrats Hold National Convention Kickoff Event, Unveil Logo

2012 Democratic National Convention Committee(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Depending on how things go over the next year, Tuesday might have been the high point for the organizers of the Democratic National Convention.

The Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte, N.C., from Sept. 3-6, 2012 where they'll presumably re-nominate President Obama for another term.  On Tuesday, organizers held a kickoff event to unveil the convention logo.

The logo is a variation of the "O" used in the president's 2008 campaign. Democrats are hoping it will bring the White House good luck because all the polls show the president will need it if the economy doesn't turn around quickly.

Still, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, was upbeat at the event in Charlotte, explaining, "This convention is about Americans coming together to commit ourselves and our country to a path that creates more opportunity."

Democrats picked the city because Obama captured North Carolina's 15 eletoral votes in 2008, a state he desperately needs in his win column if he's to get reelected.

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Jon Huntsman, DNC Duel in Video Showdown

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Jon Huntsman’s week of media mania has attracted more than just Twitter followers.  He has also caught the eye of the Democratic National Committee, which capitalized on Huntsman’s television blitz with an email blast quoting the former Utah governor’s negative comments about the rest of the GOP field.

Huntsman was quick to fire back, reminding the DNC via tweet that he has criticized President Obama just as much.

Now, both sides have taken to their respective edit rooms, releasing unique takes on Huntsman’s appearances on ABC News’ This Week and CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.

On Monday evening, the DNC sent an email to reporters praising Huntsman’s interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper.

“Jon Huntsman served as our best possible surrogate,” they wrote, “reiterating what we already know about the Republican field of presidential candidates: that they have 'zero substance,' are 'too far to the right,' and can’t be trusted with the economy.  In fact, we were so pleased with his message discipline that we decided to put out a web video titled, 'Don’t Take It From Us' -- enjoy!”

The email ended with a warning to Team Huntsman: “P.S.: This 30 second treatment could be coming to a TV screen near you in the near future.”

The video, which was embargoed until 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, contains four clips from Huntsman’s interview with Tapper, each slamming his opponents Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.  At the end, a title graphic appears on screen: “Don’t take it from us…Take it from one of their own.”

Four hours later, Huntsman’s campaign sent out an email response.

“Over the weekend Gov. Huntsman taped interviews on This Week with Jake Tapper filling in for Christiane Amanpour and Piers Morgan Tonight," wrote Huntsman’s spokesperson Tim Miller.  “Gov. Huntsman reiterated what all Americans already know about the Obama Administration -- it has failed.  We were so pleased with his performance that we released the following web video titled, 'Take It From Me.'"

Huntsman’s video, embargoed until 5:00:01 a.m., contains four clips, all knocking President Obama.  Just like the DNC, Huntsman’s clip ends with a single graphic: “Take It From Me...The President Failed.”

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Democratic National Committee Shows Love for Jon Huntsman

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Democratic National Committee sent out an email Sunday afternoon highlighting Jon Huntsman's negative comments about his fellow GOP candidates from his interview with ABC News’ Jake Tapper on This Week.

The email is entitled "Don't Take Our Word for It" and seems to take a swipe at Huntsman's ties to President Obama, as well as the belief that he is too liberal to be the Republican nominee.

Huntsman, embracing the newfound strength of his Twitter voice, replied, tweeting: ".@thedemocrats - You missed 1. 'Pres. Obama is too far left. His policies have failed.' Time to get economy back on track w/ new leadership."

Huntsman’s spokesman Tim Miller followed up with a statement to ABC News: "The DNC is shilling for a president who has failed on the most important issue to Americans -- the economy and job creation.  Gov. Huntsman has a record of creating an environment for job growth and balancing budgets, President Obama has none.  He's the one person who is offering serious solutions and has a record to back it up."

Below is the email from the DNC:

From: Roussell, Melanie
Subject: Don't take our word for it...


Huntsman Said The Rest Of The GOP Field Had “Zero Substance” And Were “Too Far To The Right.” Huntsman on ABC’s This Week: “We have people on the Republican side too far to the right. We have zero substance. We have no good ideas that are being circulated or talking about that allow the country to get back on its feet economically so we begin creating jobs.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said He Would Not Trust His Opponents With The Economy Because They Would Have Allowed The Country To Default. When asked by Jake Tapper, “Would you trust a President Bachmann to do the right thing with the economy?” Huntsman replied, “I wouldn't necessarily trust any of my opponents who are on the recent debate stage with me when every single one of them would have allowed this country to default.” [ABC News – This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said The Republican Party Has “A Serious Problem” In Becoming “The Anti-Science Party.” On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said: “I think there's a serious problem. The minute the Republican Party becomes the party, the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. We lose a whole lot of people, who would otherwise allow us to win the election in 2012 when we take a position that isn't willing to embrace evolution, we take a position that basically runs counter to what 100 to 900 climate scientists have said with what the national academy of science has said. What is causing climate change and man's contribution to it. We find ourselves on the wrong side of science and therefore in a losing position.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said “We’d Be Here All Afternoon” To Talk About Romney’s Flip-Flops. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “If we talk about inconsistencies and change on various issues, we'd be here all afternoon.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman Said He Had “No Idea Where” Romney’s Based His Claim That Corporations Are People. “Huntsman was also asked about Romney’s ‘corporations are people’ remark at the Iowa State Fair, which he quickly turned into an opportunity to cite Massachusetts’s poor job creation ranking during the years Romney was governor of the state. ‘I have no idea where that might have come from, entrepreneurs are people, but how it came out in his event, I’m not sure what it was based on.’” [ABC News, 8/13/11]

Huntsman: Romney Ranked 47th In Job Creation. “‘Massachusetts under governor Romney was number 47,’ he said. ‘We’re going to want a governor with a track record of success as opposed to one who was number 47. First versus 47th, I think there’s a huge difference in that, particularly going up against a president who doesn’t have a track record at all of expanding the economy or successfully creating jobs.’” [ABC News, 8/13/11]

Huntsman: Romney Has Flip-Flopped On The Flat Tax. On ABC’s This Week, Huntsman said, “I know in 1996 he was against a flat tax. […] If he's in favor of a flat tax now where he wasn't before, at least he's moving in the right direction.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Huntsman: “Call Me Crazy” But “I Believe In Evolution And Trust Scientists On Global Warming” Unlike Governor Perry. “Jon M. Huntsman Jr. is eager to stand out. Just not too much. In a Twitter message sent Thursday afternoon, Mr. Huntsman wrote: ‘To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.’ The message was a direct shot at his newest rival, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who said this week that climate change was ‘a scientific theory that has not been proved’ and called evolution ‘just a theory.’” [NY Times, 8/18/11]

Huntsman Slammed Perry For His Secession Comments And Attacks On Bernanke. When asked to comment on Perry saying that Bernanke would be treated “ugly” in Texas and that printing money was “treasonous,” Huntsman said, “I don't know if that's pre-secession Texas or post secession Texas. In any event, I'm not sure that the average voter out there will hear that treasonous remark and say that sounds like a presidential candidate that sounds like someone serious on issues.” [ABC News - This Week, 8/21/11]

Melanie N. Roussell | National Press Secretary
Democratic National Committee

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