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Clint Eastwood characterises criticism of convention speech as 'from the left'

Clint Eastwood has spoken for the first time in defence of his widely mocked address at the Republican national convention, stating that the “unorthodox” approach of chastising an empty chair went down well with delegates in the hall.

In an interview with his local paper, the Carmel Pine Cone, Eastwood admitted that the decision to use the prop – in which an invisible President Barack Obama was apparently seated, offering the odd inaudible profanity in response to actor’s questioning – was a last minute addition to his star turn in Tampa.

But despite a response which was largely negative, Eastwood maintains that it was well-received by Republican leaders as well as rank-and-file members.

Weak jobs report puts Obama's reelection message to the test

The economy added 96,000 jobs in August, a paltry figure that threatens to undermine President Obama’s case for a second term as he tries to carry forward the momentum from the Democratic National Convention. 

The unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent from 8.3 percent, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, but only because more people gave up on looking for work.

Economists had expected upward of 150,000 new jobs last month.

Romney’s Playing Field Narrows

Mitt Romney’s team announced last night, in the immediate wake of the Democratic convention, that it was unleashing a massive swing-state ad blitz. Since the announcement came well before the lousy jobs report, and even before the mixed reviews for Obama’s speech, it ought to be seen as an attempt to give Republicans a reason for enthusiasm. A closer look suggests more reason for GOP concern.

Romney is targeting eight states: Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire. No Wisconsin, Michigan, or Pennsylvania. This is surely not because Romney is husbanding scarce cash. Campaign aides also told Fox News yesterday that they basically have so much money they have to come up with ways to get it out the door, Brewster’s Millions–style, before election day.

The President Plays It Safe

The strongest impression left by Mitt Romney’s convention speech last week was that the Republican nominee’s campaign sees itself on pace for a narrow victory in November, with no risks or course corrections needed. The impression left by President Obama’s convention speech tonight was that incumbent’s campaign feels exactly the same way. This was a pure stay-the-course speech, workmanlike and occasionally somewhat distant, with a few inspired and moving passages standing out amid a litany of rhetorical moves that the president has made many times before. There was only the most general sketch of a second term agenda, only a relatively cursory defense of the president’s economic stewardship, and mostly assertions, rather than sustained arguments, to back up his claim that the country is headed (slowly) in the right direction.

Obama’s Brief, Decisive Attack on Republican Foreign Policy Credentials

Some Republicans and conservatives bridled at Obama’s remark that Romney and Ryan are “new” to foreign policy. Of course, many of them made the same complaint against Obama, whose experience was indeed very limited. Obama and his supporters ignored it or sought to deflect it by appealing to good judgment. Regardless, one reason this jab irritates some Republicans so much is that it is a perfectly valid and fair criticism of the current Republican ticket, and it is one that they have used in the past and would have used if the roles were reversed this time.

Romney hits the ground running with ad blitz in swing states

Mitt Romney’s campaign on Friday released 15 new television ads that are set to air in eight battleground states.

The ads zero in on defense, manufacturing, energy regulations, home values and the deficit. The ads are already on the air in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada and Virginia.

The ad series is titled, “A better future” and each spot opens with a quote from Romney’s nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last week.

Obama DNC speech: ‘You are the change’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama asked the nation Thursday to choose a “harder” path to long-term economic prosperity, outlining grand economic promises for a second term in office and describing the 2012 election as a vote on the nature of American citizenship.

Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention concluded three days of speeches from Democratic leaders, who told voters that their party – and only their party – could be trusted to look out for the interests of the suffering middle class.

And make no mistake, the president and his supporters repeatedly acknowledged that voters are suffering, that the economy is far from fully healed and that the country does not currently sense that it is on the doorstep of a better future.

No sign of convention bounce for Obama: Reuters/Ipsos poll

(Reuters) - So far, U.S. President Barack Obama has not received much of a bounce yet in popular support from the Democratic National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday.

The latest daily tracking poll found Republican Mitt Romney still clinging to a narrow lead of 45 percent to Obama’s 44 percent among likely voters. Romney had led by 46 percent to 44 percent in Wednesday’s poll.

"We’re not seeing a sort of glimmer, at this point, of a bump," said Ipsos pollster Julia Clark.

The online survey included questions to voters on Wednesday before former President Bill Clinton’s well-received speech on the convention floor, so Clinton’s influence has not yet been taken into account.

TV pundits split on Obama speech

It was “vintage Obama.” It was “probably not the best speech of the convention.” It was “one of the emptiest speeches” ever delivered on the national stage.

There was no consensus across the cable news networks Thursday night after President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

“It certainly wasn’t a speech full of soaring rhetoric like some of his speeches four years ago,” said CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Some have been comparing it to a State of the Union almost in terms of going down the check list.”

Romney, GOP Groups Pull Ads From Michigan and Pennsylvania

Republicans signaled this week that they might have given up hope in two important swing states.

The Romney campaign and conservative groups like Crossroads GPS have pulled TV ads in Michigan, Romney’s home state, according to the Detroit News.

Nor are the campaign and super PACs running advertising in Pennsylvania, after unleashing a barrage there over the past five months.

It is still possible for groups to purchase TV advertising in either state at a later date.

The PollTracker Averages show President Obama ahead 48.9 percent to 45.4 percent in Michigan, and in Pennsylvania, where he leads 49.9 percent to 41.4 percent.