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Posted on Oct 18, 2012

Yes and No: Mitt Romney’s campaign appears to be dodging the question of what he would do as president if the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act came to his desk. The confusion over his position on the legislation began when Romney aide Ed Gillespie said his candidate opposed it “at the time.” However, he later retracted that statement. “I was wrong when I said last night Governor Romney opposed the Lilly Ledbetter Act,” Gillespie said. “He never weighed in on it. As president, he would not seek to repeal it.” Worth noting is that Romney running mate Paul Ryan voted against the law. (Read more)

Anger Management: Tagg Romney told a North Carolina radio station after Tuesday’s night presidential debate that, after Barack Obama basically accused his father of lying, he wanted to rush the stage and “take a swing” at the president. He added, “you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him. But also because this is the nature of the process; they’re going to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not.” Younger brother Josh was left to clarify Tagg’s remarks to the ladies of “The View,” telling them, “That was just something he was saying off the cuff, and I assure you he didn’t mean it.” But just in case, Josh Romney joked that he’s been punched before by Tagg, so he knows for sure the president has nothing to worry about. (Read more)

Working the Electorate: Recently, attempts by wealthy conservative CEOs—such as the Koch brothers and David Siegel—to influence how their employees vote in the presidential election have made headlines. But that couldn’t have anything to do with Mitt Romney telling business owners back in June how to instruct their employees to vote a certain way this election season, could it? Here’s what Romney said: “I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.” As In These Times noted, “The call raises the question of whether the Romney campaign is complicit in the corporate attempts to influence employees’ votes.” To say the least. (Read more)

Warren’s Winning: A new Public Policy Polling survey shows Democrat Elizabeth Warren is pulling away from Republican incumbent Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race. The latest poll shows Warren leading Brown by nine points, her largest lead in the contest yet. (Read more)

Don’t Count on It: A website called October Surprise is touting—surprise!—information that could potentially be a game changer in the presidential election. The website teases that “one of your presidential candidates isn’t being honest with you.” Actually, that’s not surprising at all. Regardless, a countdown clock promises the “big news” will be revealed Monday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time. Or, this whole thing could be a giant hoax since the site, after all, is run by the same guys who did the “greatest rickroll ever.” (Read more

Video of the Day: The “Fox & Friends” crew was unsure how to react to Ben Stein’s assertion on the program that taxes in this country are too low. For his part, Stein, evidently realizing he was straying off the Fox News script, told the hosts that he hoped he would be “allowed to leave here alive.” Bueller?

Bonus Video of the Day: Outspoken New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says something rational in response to one town hall participant’s assertion that everyone in Newark is smoking pot, drinking booze and on food stamps.



—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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