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Obama to Accept Nomination at Democratic National Convention

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- President Obama Thursday night will accept the Democratic nomination for a second presidential term inside the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., facing a wave of discouraging economic data and a potential bombshell of an August jobs report expected on Friday.

The number of Americans receiving food-stamps hit record highs in June, the Agriculture Department reported on Tuesday, topping 46.7 million, up 3.3 percent over the year.  The manufacturing sector, which had been an economic bright spot, contracted in August for only the third time since July 2009, according to an industry trade group.  And the unemployment rate hovers above 8 percent following a summer of sluggish job growth.

Obama had been slated to kick off the final stretch of his campaign at a rock-concert-style event inside the 74,000-seat outdoor Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.  But Democratic National Convention organizers announced on Wednesday that they were moving his acceptance speech indoors because the possibility of dangerous thunderstorms was a threat to public safety.

Whether or not the decision involved ulterior motives, the smaller venue of 15,000 seats presents a more intimate and comparatively subdued setting for Obama's big pitch. There won't be a balloon drop to conclude the evening in traditional celebratory flair, organizers said.

The president plans to use the moment to "savor" his first term accomplishments, he told supporters in an email this week.  Political strategists said he'll need to present a compelling case for how the country is better off four years on.

Only 31 percent of Americans believe the country is on the "right track," according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.  Sixty-seven percent say it's on the "wrong path."

"Are the American people better off than they were in Sept. 2008 when we were losing 432,000 jobs a month?  I would say yes," said Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki this week.  "Is there more we need to do?  Absolutely.  The president has spoken about that at nearly every event he's done.  He'll continue to talk about it in the months ahead."

On the economy, voters give Romney a slight edge when asked who would do a better job -- 46 percent to Obama's 44 percent -- in the same ABC/Post poll.

While Obama has outlined a broad economic vision for the country -- an approach that emphasizes higher taxes on wealthier Americans to fund greater investments in education and infrastructure -- he has offered scant details about if and when the recovery will proceed more quickly and create millions of new jobs.  He is asking voters to trust that the status quo will be the better path.

"When Gov. Romney had his chance to let you in on his 'secret sauce' he didn't offer you a single new idea.  It was just a retread of the same old policies that have been sticking it to the middle class for years," Obama told supporters at a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, last week.

"I will offer you what I believe is a better path forward," he said, "a path that will grow this economy and create more good jobs, and strengthen our idle class and create ladders for everybody who's working hard to get into the middle class.  And the good news is you're going to get to choose."

Aides said the president's moment in the spotlight would also be an opportunity for him to energize the base, with grassroots supporters planning hundreds of watch parties around the country.  Democrats have also heavily promoted a free live stream of Obama's speech on smartphones and online, with pre- and post-speech conversations hosted by actor Kal Penn.

Obama will be preceded Thursday night by speeches from 2004 Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden.

First lady Michelle Obama, who addressed delegates on Tuesday, will watch her husband's speech from inside a VIP suite at the arena.  She will be joined by daughters Sasha and Malia, whom aides said would make a day trip to Charlotte after school.

Ahead of the president, attendees will be treated to a star-studded concert featuring performances by the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Taylor, and Marc Anthony, among others.

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With Texas Win, Romney Clinches the GOP Nomination

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican presidential nomination.

It has been projected that Romney has won the Texas GOP primary, and ABC News estimates he will win at least 88 of Texas’s 155 delegates, giving him the 1,144 needed to win the nomination.

“I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. Our party has come together with the goal of putting the failures of the last three and a half years behind us. I have no illusions about the difficulties of the task before us,” Romney said in a paper statement issued to reporters.

“But whatever challenges lie ahead, we will settle for nothing less than getting America back on the path to full employment and prosperity. On November 6, I am confident that we will unite as a country and begin the hard work of fulfilling the American promise and restoring our country to greatness,” Romney said.

Romney now moves on to the general election against President Obama in November. Polls have shown a tight race between the two candidates.

Romney isn’t the nominee yet. The 2,286 Republican delegates will officially confer that mantle in August when they select the nominee in a floor vote at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

His campaign planned no victory party for this long-predicted mathematical triumph. Romney held two public campaign events Tuesday, one in Colorado and one in Nevada, and did not mention his imminent clinching of the nomination in either.

The win in Texas brings Romney one step closer to the official conclusion of a long campaign in which he held front-runner or co-frontrunner status from the outset. Romney staved off a revolving cast of Tea Party darlings who included Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and for a brief moment, Romney’s now-surrogate Donald Trump.

The last major candidate standing against Romney was Ron Paul, the Texas congressman who announced on May 14 that he would no longer campaign in new primary states, but will still organize at state conventions to accrue delegates who will bolster his presence in Tampa, even if many of them will be allocated to Mitt Romney in the presidential-nomination vote.

After Santorum dropped from the race on April 10, Romney became the presumptive winner.

Thanks to a delayed primary calendar and pressure from the Republican National Committee for states to allocate delegates proportionally, this year’s Republican primary has dragged on relatively late into the election year. John McCain also clinched the nomination with a win in Texas in 2008, but he did it on March 4.

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Gingrich Talks Makeup with High Schoolers, Puts on a New Face About Nomination

ABC/Donna Svennevik(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Speaking to high school students in N.C., Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich put on a new face Monday when talking about his bid for the nomination, proving he knows a little bit about putting on makeup while trying to explain personalized health care to the group of 16- to 18 year-olds.

When asked by a student reporter what he thought about his chances at the nomination, Gingrich said, “I think it’s uphill. It’s a challenge. I think I have a shot at it, but it’s uphill.”

Gingrich recently changed his language when talking about winning the Republican nomination, no longer saying he was going all the way to convention. On Sunday, Gingrich said that Romney was the likely nominee.

“Well, I think you have to be realistic, given the size of his organization, given the number of primaries he’s won. He is far and away the most likely Republican nominee,” Gingrich said on Fox News Sunday.

But Gingrich attempted to walk back his comments from Sunday and earlier Monday, in an appearance on Hannity, reiterating “most likely, not certain, if he gets there....That got somehow translated almost instantly into something I didn’t say,” Gingrich said on Fox News Monday night.

Gingrich even suggested he write that he intends to stay in the race across his face.

“I’m thinking about getting it tattooed up here,” Gingrich said as he pointed to his forehead. “All the way to Tampa, OK?”

Gingrich said Democrats were fine with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fighting for the nomination until June.

“This panic-stricken, national establishment paranoia is just pure foolishness,” Gingrich said.

Hoping to win over some young voters, the former speaker of the House told the girl students in the audience at Broughton High School that he wanted to explain health care in terms of applying makeup, saying the guys would be confused, “most of them…” Gingrich said to laughter.

Gingrich told the students the more scientists knew about individuals, the more personalized heath care should be. Gingrich went into detail about skin tones and hair color, possibly taking tips from his wife, Callista Gingrich, who was campaigning alone in New York City.

“Think about it, if you’re going to go out on Friday and you’re going to put on makeup, each of you has a different skin tone and you have different hair color and you may want to create a different effect. If you’re going to church you probably wear one level of makeup, if you’re going out on a date, you may wear a different level of makeup. If you were going to be in a play up here, you may wear a different level of makeup and it would be literally unique to each one of you,” Gingrich said. “We’re going to be able to have very personalized medicine, just the way we have personalized makeup.”

Gingrich will continue to campaign in North Carolina Tuesday, visiting New Bern.

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For Ron Paul, Next Five Weeks Are Critical

ABC/Matthew Putney(WASHINGTON) -- In terms of numbers of votes, Ron Paul has already eclipsed his previous run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, garnering two to three times as many in the first five presidential preference contests.

In Nevada, he got more votes this time than in 2008, but he was runner-up there last time, and placed third this weekend.

But one thing remains the same -- he has still never won a state.

Paul called his third-place finish in Nevada “disappointing,” but campaign manager Jesse Benton said to ABC News he is “very pleased” with how the race is shaping up and pointed to the next five weeks -- starting with the caucuses Tuesday in Minnesota, where Paul has focused considerable energy over the past week -- as being critical for the campaign.

Benton said the campaign is immediately focused on the contest Tuesday in Minnesota, followed by Missouri, Maine, Washington, North Dakota, Kansas, Hawaii and Missouri. But the list of immediate priorities ends with Louisiana on March 24.

The timeline would match Paul’s presidential efforts four years ago, when the congressman started “winding down” his presidential campaign on March 6.

Nevada is just another disappointment for the Paul campaign, which hasn’t been able to parlay his sprawling grassroots network of supporters into wins.

When asked on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos if finishing third in Nevada would be a disappointment, despite finishing second there four years ago, Paul said: “If you go from second to third, that would be disappointment.”

Benton said Paul did win at least five national delegates in Nevada and sent a majority of delegates to the state convention.

Although the presidential race has just started and Romney has a long way to go before securing the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, it’s going to very difficult for Paul to catch up.

So far, the Texas congressman has eight projected delegates compared to Romney’s 143. And going forward, Romney’s organization and money equals, if not surpasses, that of Paul’s.

Asked by Stephanopoulos when he will notch his first win, Paul said: “It’s hard to say exactly when,” adding, “We have to just wait and see and continue to do exactly what we’re doing.”

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White House Pushes Cordray Nomination Ahead of Senate Vote

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesUPDATE: President Obama’s choice to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was blocked Thursday in the Senate.

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is publicly ramping up pressure on Senate Republicans to back Richard Cordray’s nomination for director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

The Senate is set to vote on Cordray’s nomination on Thursday, but Republicans have said they will block the former Ohio Attorney General from leading the agency unless it undergoes structural changes.

“We want accountability for this agency, which has none today as it’s structured,” Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said on Tuesday. “This is not about him.  It’s about the structure of this, a powerful -- I think a monster, as far as future regulation, to over-regulate our economy, create more regulations and fewer jobs.”

The White House said on Wednesday the CFPB has, “an unprecedented set of accountability provisions” and warned Senate Republicans that blocking Cordray’s nomination will leave “the door wide open” for the same kinds of abuses that led to the financial crisis.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin told reporters on Wednesday, "Until a director is confirmed, these institutions will operate without supervision and oversight, just like before the crisis. That means that millions of American people who will remain vulnerable to some of the same regulatory gaps that helped create the financial crisis, and they will lack basic commonsense protections."

President Obama has also publicly pushed lawmakers to support his nominee.

“Nobody claims he’s not qualified. But the Republicans in the Senate refuse to confirm him for the job; they refuse to let him do his job. Why? Does anybody here think that the problem that led to our financial crisis was too much oversight of mortgage lenders or debt collectors?” the president said Tuesday.

As part of its campaign, the White House on Wednesday enlisted bipartisan state attorneys general to call for Cordray’s confirmation.  The administration is also making an aggressive case in seven targeted states -- Alaska, Tennessee, Maine, Iowa, Indiana, Nevada, and Utah -- for Cordray to be confirmed.

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Herman Cain: ‘Confident’ I Can Beat Obama

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Talk show host and businessman Herman Cain Wednesday announced that he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee, with an eye on challenging for the Republican nomination in 2012.

On ABC’s “Top Line” webcast Thursday, Cain – the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza – said he’s planning to use the coming months to determine his support among voters and donors.

He said he’s “confident” that he could defeat President Obama.

“Yes. If I didn't think I could -- if I didn't think I could win the Republican nomination, No. 1, and if I didn’t think that I could beat, in a political competition, President Obama, I wouldn't be doing this,” Cain said.

“I had a new acquaintance ask me: Was I arrogant enough to be president. And my response was, I am confident enough to be president. So I am confident that -- after we go through this exploratory phase where we are going to test the amount of voter support, we're going to test the amount of financial support that I would be able to garner -- after I go through this phase and the decision is yes, trust me, I'm running to win. Not for a consolation prize.”

Cain had praise for the president’s speech Wednesday night in Tucson:

“He said the right things, and I think he set the tone,” he said. “That's exactly what you expect a leader to do. It should be a time for all of us to reflect upon the things that are really important, as well as reflect on toning down some of the incendiary rhetoric. So I thought that he did a good job in that respect.”

He also outlined some of his ideas for stimulating the economy, including making tax rates permanent, lowering corporate taxes and capital gains, and extending a payroll tax holiday for employees and employers.

“We can re-strengthen our national security, we can really get a handle on the immigration problems and we can really do something about cutting federal spending. That's where I'm going to focus on as I go forward in evaluating whether or not I am going to make a final decision to run for president,” Cain said.

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