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Christie Won’t Touch Twinkie Question, But Posts It Online

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- News that Twinkies maker Hostess would liquidate over a labor dispute took charge of the Internet Friday. The nuclear-resistant treats might not be helping America’s collective waist line, but they’re a nostalgic treat for some.

But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wanted nothing to do with a question thrown to him at a press conference about the potential Twinkies demise. “It’s bad enough that you got me to say Twinkie behind this podium,” he joked.

“You know, I’m on Saturday Night Live enough,” he said. But he clearly enjoyed being able to joke about Twinkies. His office posted video of his answer on the Youtube and it was tweeted from his official Twitter account.

Watch the entire response here:

Christie sensed a setup in the question. Twinkies are notoriously unhealthy. His weight has been the subject of much discussion since he took office. He told Jake Tapper this year on losing weight, “If it were easy, I’d already have it fixed." Watch that interview HERE.

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Tearful Obama Credits Staff for History-Making Campaign

Win McNamee/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The morning after he won re-election, an emotional President Barack Obama credited his youthful staff of several hundred with running a campaign that will “go on in the annals of history.”

“What you guys have accomplished will go on in the annals of history and they will read about it and they’ll marvel about it,” Obama told his team Wednesday morning inside the Chicago campaign headquarters, tears streaming down his face.

“The most important thing you need to know is that your journey’s just beginning. You’re just starting. And whatever good we do over the next four years will pale in comparison to whatever you guys end up accomplishing in the years and years to come,” he said.

The moment, captured by the Obama campaign’s cameras and posted online, offers a rare glimpse at the president unplugged and emotional. During the first four years of his presidency, Obama has never been seen publicly crying.

He first came to Chicago, he told the campaign staff, “knowing that somehow I wanted to make sure that my life attached itself to helping kids get a great education or helping people living in poverty to get decent jobs and be able to work and have dignity. And to make sure that people didn’t have to go to the emergency room to get health care.”

“The work that I did in those communities changed me much more than I changed those communities because it taught me the hopes and aspirations and the grit and resilience of ordinary people,” he said, as senior strategist David Axelrod and campaign manager Jim Messina looked on. “And it taught me the fact that under the surface differences, we all have common hopes and we all have common dreams. And it taught me something about how I handle disappointment and what it meant to work hard on a common endeavor, and I grew up.”

“So when I come here and I look at all of you, what comes to mind is, it’s not that you guys remind me of myself, it’s the fact that you are so much better than I was in so many ways. You’re smarter, you’re so better organized, you’re more effective,” he said.

Obama said he expected many of those who helped to re-elect him will assume new roles in progressive politics, calling that prospect a “source of my strength and inspiration.”

Senior campaign officials said Thursday that the Obama campaign infrastructure -- the field offices and network of hundreds of thousands of volunteers -- would undergo a period of transition in the coming weeks to determine how to remain sustainable and influential.

“We have remarkable staff, and the campaign that Jim [Messina] put together, you know, is the best in history,” said senior Obama adviser David Plouffe. “But the reason those people got involved was because they believed in Barack Obama. It was the relationship between them and our candidate.”

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In Leaked Video, Romney Says He Can't Convince ‘Victim’ Voters 

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Leaked video of Republican nominee Mitt Romney at a closed-door fund raiser sometime earlier this year that purport to show him using some very different talking points from the ones he tends to use publicly.  Gov. Romney can be heard in the videos saying that “no matter what” he does, 47 percent of the population is going to vote for Obama because they are, “are dependent upon government.”

In one portion of the speech Romney says he, “was born with a silver spoon” but in other he says he “inherited nothing.”

The video clips, which were posted by the liberal site Mother Jones, show Romney telling donors that 47 percent of voters will chose Obama “no matter what” because they are people, "who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it."

"My job is not to worry about those people," Romney says in the video. "I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

In a statement Monday, the Romney campaign said he cares about all voters.

"Mitt Romney wants to help all Americans struggling in the Obama economy," said spokeswoman Gail Gitcho. "As the governor has made clear all year, he is concerned about the growing number of people who are dependent on the federal government, including the record number of people who are on food stamps, nearly one in six Americans in poverty, and the 23 million Americans who are struggling to find work. Mitt Romney’s plan creates 12 million new jobs in four years, grows the economy and moves Americans off of government dependency and into jobs."

Portions of the video were posted anonymously on YouTube while longer, but still incomplete, versions were posted on Monday by Mother Jones, which claims it "has confirmed its authenticity." ABC News has not thus far been able independently to validate the authenticity of the clips.

The Obama campaign responded swiftly and harshly to the comments.

"It's shocking that a candidate for President of the United States would go behind closed doors and declare to a group of wealthy donors that half the American people view themselves as ‘victims,’ entitled to handouts, and are unwilling to take ‘personal responsibility’ for their lives," Jim Messina, Obama for America campaign manager, said in a statement. "It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you've disdainfully written off half the nation."

The tapes are, as Mother Jones reports, from fund raisers, "which occurred after Romney had clinched the Republican presidential nomination," although it is not specified when or where the fundraiser was. The clips have been edited into 38-second to one-and-a-half minute chunks.

[See the full videos from Mother Jones here.]

In the series of leaked videos, Romney also tells supporters that if he, "had he been born of Mexican parents, "I’d have a better shot of winning this," that he. "was born with a silver spoon -- which is the greatest gift you can have: which is to get born in America," and that he "inherited nothing" from his wealthy father.

"My dad and Ann’s dad did quite well in their lives, but when they came to the end of their lives and passed along the inheritances to Ann and to me, we both decided to give it all away," Romney says. "So I have inherited nothing. Everything Ann and I have we have earned the old fashioned way."

Romney explains to the campaign donors that he has not been harsher in his attacks against President Obama because he is trying to win over people who voted for Obama in 2008.

"And because they voted for him, they don't want to be told that they were wrong, that he’s a bad guy, that he did bad things, that he’s corrupt," Romney says. "Those people that we have to get, they want to believe they did the right thing, but he just wasn’t up to the task." Critics would argue, however, that those talking points are just what the Republican base wants to hear.

On the economy, Romney said the markets would react favorably if he won the White House on Nov. 6.

“We’ll see -- without actually doing anything -- we’ll actually get a boost in the economy,” he says, admitting two sentences later that he, "can never predict what the markets will do. Sometimes it does the exact opposite of what I would have expected."

And while the Republican candidate’s campaign said Monday that he would start offering more specifics about his policies, Romney said during this fundraiser that, "in a setting like this, a highly intellectual subject -- discussion on a whole series of important topics typically doesn’t win elections."

Like President Obama, Romney lets press into some parts of his fund raisers that are held at public venues. Often, reporters are allowed for one part of a three-part event. When fund raisers are held at private homes, the press is barred altogether. The types of question-and-answer sessions that are captured in these videos are generally closed to the press.

President Obama similarly does not allow press to sit in on question-and-answer sessions, and most political experts know comments tossed as "red meat" to big donors -- on either side of the political aisle -- won't play as well to an open audience.

The Romney campaign announced earlier Monday, before Mother Jones posted the videos, that cameras would now be allowed into fund raisers at public venues.

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Obama Praises Self for Ending Iraq War on Bloodiest Day of Year There

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama’s campaign on Monday released a video praising the president for ending the war in Iraq.  The clip comes on the same day that has proven to be the deadliest day of the year in that country.

A wave of attacks throughout Iraq Monday, involving IEDs, explosions and gunmen, resulted in more than 100 people killed and more than 200 wounded.

On Sunday, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, al Qaeda’s top leader in Iraq, released an audio message announcing, ”We are setting off a new stage of our struggle, with the launch of a plan named ‘breaking the walls.’”

None of those killed Monday appear to be American.

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Obama Campaign Presses Romney on Immigration Question

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- A new Obama campaign web video casts a spotlight on the fact that, for seven days, Mitt Romney has avoided giving a definitive answer about whether he would repeal President Obama’s order suspending the deportation of young illegal immigrants.

The former governor has only said publicly that he would work to replace Obama’s temporary measure with some sort of permanent solution, the details of which he has not fully or clearly articulated.

“On Friday the president announced a change to U.S. immigration policy… Ever since, Mitt Romney has been dodging questions about repealing the order,” the Obama video says.

It then showcases clips of Romney reacting to Obama’s move, including a portion of Romney’s interview on CBS’ Face the Nation when he repeatedly dodged direct questioning about repeal.

“Seven days and counting… Why won’t Mitt Romney give a straight answer?” the ad says.

Last week, Obama ordered a suspension of deportations of young illegal immigrants who have completed schooling and have clean criminal records.  He also allowed the distribution of work permits for those who apply and are approved.

With public opinion behind Obama, Democrats are trying to leverage social media to ramp up pressure on Romney and keep him in an uncomfortable position on the issue.

During the GOP primary, Romney said he would veto any legislation akin to the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to some young immigrants brought to the country illegally by their parents.  He has since tried to soften his approach.  

In a speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials on Thursday, Romney said he would grant citizenship to any young illegal immigrants who completed military service.

Obama will address the group on Friday.

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Firefighters vs. Private Sector: Obama, Romney Out with New Web Videos

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/PeteSouza/White House(ATLANTA) -- A series of dueling web videos were released by the Romney and Obama campaigns Monday morning that hinge on comments made by each of the candidates last week -- the president saying the private sector is “doing fine,” and the presumptive GOP candidate suggesting he opposes additional firefighters and teachers.

The Romney campaign has released its second web video in a 24-hour period that uses Obama’s “doing fine” line, repeating the comment as evidence that the commander-in-chief is “out of touch.”

Similarly, the Obama re-election campaign released a web video that suggests that part of Romney’s jobs plan is to eliminate firefighters and teachers after the candidate remarked last week, “He wants to add more to government.  He says he we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.  Did he not get the message in Wisconsin?  The American people did.  It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

In the Romney campaign's web video released Monday morning, titled “Jolt,” footage of newsmakers talking about the state of the economy on June 1, the day the disappointing May jobs numbers came out, is played.

“Tonight on World News: Jobs Jolt, the worst jobs number in a year,” says ABC News’ Diane Sawyer as the web video begins.  Clips from fellow newsmakers discussing the state of the economy follow.

Then text that reads “One week later” flashes on the screen, and viewers hear President Obama in his own words: “The private sector is doing fine.  Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”

The president’s remarks, which came during a press conference on Friday, have been used by the Romney campaign since.  Mitt Romney himself launched into harsh criticism of the president for saying what he did during a campaign event last week in Iowa, and his campaign aides throughout the weekend used the now so-called gaffe to push forward their message that the president doesn’t know how to handle the economy.

On Sunday, the campaign released their first web video using the president’s private sector remarks, this time drawing on statements from middle class Americans discussing their struggles in the economy.

The web video, titled “Fine?,” features workers remarking, “We’ve seen layoffs, cutbacks,” and “Sometimes I feel like I’m a failure,” before replaying the president’s “the private sector is doing fine,” line three times.

In the Obama campaign’s web video, which the campaign describes as focusing on Romney’s “job elimination plan,” testimonials are heard from local and state officials describing what it was like during Romney’s governorship in Massachusetts.

“He did not care what was going on in our communities,” said John Barrett, the former mayor of North Adams, Mass., in the video.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Ad Touts Obama as 'That Guy' Who Created Jobs

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama campaign aired its first national TV ad of the election cycle Sunday night -- a 30-second spot on the MTV Network that features actress Sarah Jessica Parker plugging President Obama’s record and soliciting donations for a campaign sweepstakes.

“OK, the guy who ended the war in Iraq; the guy who says you should be able to marry anyone you want; the guy who created four million new jobs.  That guy -- President Obama -- and his wife Michelle are coming to my house for dinner on June 14th,” Parker says in the video.

“And I want you to be there too.  But, you have to go to for a chance to win and the contest ends tomorrow night.  So go right here right now because we need him and he needs us,” she says.

The spot, an appeal to younger Obama supporters, aired three times Sunday night during the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, a campaign official said.  It comes as part of a major fundraising push to kick off the month of June.

A similar grassroots fundraising contest for an event last month at actor George Clooney’s Los Angeles home brought in millions of dollars above what was raised from high-dollar ticket sales, according to the campaign.

On Friday, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, an Obama bundler and co-host for the June 14 event, starred in a campaign web video pushing the contest.

“Sarah Jessica and I have our own reasons for supporting President Obama.  And we want to hear yours.  So please join us,” Wintour says.  “Just don’t be late.”

Republicans have criticized the star-powered fundraising appeals to grassroots donors as “out of touch,” given the state of the economy.

“The Obama campaign showed once again how out of touch they are, releasing a fundraising contest featuring Vogue chief Anna Wintour the same day as a dismal jobs report highlighted how millions of Americans continue to struggle,” said Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski.

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Fox News Video Criticized as Attack on Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Fox News Channel was under fire Wednesday for a four-minute video sharply critical of President Obama that the network produced and aired during its morning news program Fox & Friends.

The video -- titled “Four Years of Hope and Change” -- closely resembles a campaign attack ad, complete with ominous, dramatic music and use of sound bites and statistics to paint a critical picture of Obama’s handling of the economy.  The opening slide, declaring “Fox & Friends Presents,” suggests the company took responsibility for the editorial content.

Co-host Gretchen Carlson introduced the package this way: ”Let’s talk a little bit about what the campaign slogan used to be for President Obama.  Remember it used to be ‘Hope and Change.’  The president says he’s still using that slogan in the way which he hopes to get four more years.  So we decided to take a look back at the president’s first term to see if it lived up to hope and change.”

At the end of the piece, co-host Steve Doocy applauded producer Chris White for putting it together.

“He’s been in a small editing room the last couple of weeks reliving the last four years,” Doocy said.

While Fox has right-leaning opinion talk programs, the company has maintained that its news operations -- including Fox & Friends -- are nonpartisan and “fair and balanced.”

Voices on the right, left and middle raised concerns about the video all day.

Conservative blogger Ed Morrissey of Hot Air said he supports the message in the video but asked, “Should a news organization produce and publish attack ads like this?”

“I know the initial response will be that other news organizations offer biased perspectives and hagiographies of Obama that go well beyond a single video … and that response is entirely valid.  However, we usually criticize that kind of behavior with other news organizations, too,” he wrote.  “If anyone wanted to look for evidence that the overall Fox News organization intends to campaign against Obama rather than cover the campaign, this video would be difficult to refute as evidence for that claim.”

David Zurawik, a media critic with The Baltimore Sun, called the video a “shamelessly political” move.

“As the guy who challenged the Obama administration two years when it tried to deny Fox News access to interviews and other opportunities offered to the media on the grounds that Fox was not a legitimate news operation, I have to tell you even I am shocked by how blatantly Fox is throwing off any pretense of being a journalistic entity with videos like this,” Zurawik wrote.  “Don’t be fooled by Bret Baier’s Boy Scout smile or all the talk about how some shows are news and some are opinion on the channel.  Any news organization that puts up this kind of video is rotten to the core.”

Fox News later issued a statement through executive vice president for programming Bill Shine, obtained by TVNewswer, apparently disapproving of the video.

“The package that aired on FOX & Friends was created by an associate producer and was not authorized at the senior executive level of the network,” Shine said.  “This has been addressed with the show’s producers.”

The video was first flagged by the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America, which has a record of being highly critical of Fox News.

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Obama Pride: Jane Lynch Stars in Appeal to LGBT Voters

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is marking Gay Pride Month with a concerted push to mobilize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender voters, who his re-election campaign believes are a key constituency in hotly contested swing states.

In a new five-minute, documentary-style campaign video, Obama appeals to his supporters by casting himself as the most progressive U.S. president on gay rights issues in American history.  He also reflects personally on how he was inspired to become an advocate through relationships with LGBT friends and family, U.S. military service members, and the mother of anti-gay hate crime victim Matthew Shepard.

“Meeting people like Judy Shepard, and not only hearing the heartbreaking tragedy of Matthew but also the strength and determination she brought to making sure that never happens to young people anywhere in the country again,” is what he says moved him.

Obama also said the stories of gay and lesbian service members who have fought and died for the country also “made me passionate.”

“I don’t think there was a single moment LGBT issues became important to me. It was an accumulation of a lifetime of friends, family and people I’ve met who have helped me understand how the fight for LGBT rights is consistent” with America, he said.

The film is narrated by actress Jane Lynch, who stars in the hit show Glee and is openly gay.

“That passion drove him to make more significant advances for LGBT Americans than any other president who came before him,” Lynch says.

Earlier Wednesday, the Obama campaign also kicked off a grassroots organizing campaign specifically targeting gay voters. “LGBT Americans for Obama” will focus on enlisting volunteers and turning out votes in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Nevada and Michigan, the campaign said.

Obama campaign strategists believe the president’s achievements in gay rights, coupled with his newfound support for same-sex marriage, is one of the strongest selling points of his first term.

They regularly declaim the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” signing the Hate Crime Prevention Act into law, ceasing a defense of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and executive actions to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity in the federal government.

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Chris Christie Jokes About VP Spot in Web Video: ‘I Got This’

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put on his acting hat and joked around about receiving a call from Mitt Romney about the vice president spot, saying, “I got this.”

The web video plays off of Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is a vocal supporter of President Obama, and his recent displays of heroism, and features him swooping in to save the day while Christie stands idly by -- from providing Bruce Springsteen with a guitar when his goes missing to fixing a flat tire for Christie, who curses Booker’s heroic antics each time, gritting his teeth as he says “Booker…”

But things turn brighter for Christie at the end of the video when Booker pretends to field a call from Romney asking him to consider a spot on his ticket.  The Newark mayor tries to turn down the offer and Christie quickly intervenes.

“Governor, Governor Romney, yes, yes, that was me running into the fire.  Yes, I do shovel snow as well.  Yes, you’re very persuasive.  But I’m not a number two guy.  I’m not background singer.  Mitt, sir, with all due respect, I know you need a big…” Booker says on the phone to Romney.

“Excuse me mayor,” Christie says.  “I got this.”

“Christie…” Booker says.

Booker and Christie collaborated on the video for the New Jersey Press Association Legislative Correspondents Club Show.

Earlier Tuesday, Christie’s office released a preview clip of the video in which Christie laments the amount of times he’s asked questions about joining Romney on the GOP ticket this fall.

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