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    Mitt Romney, President Obama will both be in N.H. on Friday

    President Obama’s first campaign stop after his nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention will be in Portsmouth, N.H. on Friday, the same day Republican nominee Mitt Romney also visits the Granite State.

    Obama will campaign with Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at the Strawbery Banke Museum. After the event, the Obamas and Bidens will fly to Iowa City.

    The president will begin a two-day bus tour of Florida on Saturday, while the vice president will travel to Ohio.


    On Friday evening, Romney will hold a rally at Holman Stadium in Nashua, home of the Nashua Silver Knights, a summer baseball team.

    — Callum Borchers

    Callum Borchers

    Conservative groups to spend $13 million in ads to counter any convention bounce

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Conservative groups have announced nearly $13 million in new ad spending to counter President Obama’s Democratic convention.

    American Crossroads will spend $6.6 million in the next 10 days airing an ad that criticizes Obama’s handling of the economy. Americans for Prosperity is spending another $6.2 million on ads assailing Democrats’ health care overhaul.

    The ads come as Democrats convene to nominate Obama for a second term. Democrats seek a bounce in the polls after the convention, which ends Thursday night.

    But conservative groups operating independently from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are trying to limit any Democratic advantage by flooding TV airwaves in states where the polls show a close race.

    — Associated Press

    Ann Romney says her illness shows her family understands suffering


    FINDLAY, Ohio — Ann Romney fired back Wednesday at critics who have accused husband Mitt Romney of being out of touch with average Americans, saying her own bout with multiple sclerosis has taught the family what it means to suffer and lose hope.

    ‘‘When people say that we’ve led a charmed life and we don’t relate to people that are having trouble, I want to remind you that I’ve been in a very dark place, and I know what it is like to have no hope,’’ she said at a rally for women supporting her husband, the Republican presidential candidate. ‘‘So believe me when I tell you these words: We are there for you because we know what it feels like.’’

    Democrats at the party’s national convention this week in Charlotte, N.C., have repeatedly accused the wealthy Romney of a remoteness from problems facing ordinary Americans.

    Ann Romney described her struggle with the chronic disease, which coincided with her family’s move to Utah so her husband could oversee preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics. She said she lost the use of her right side and had problems getting out of bed, but said that despite uncertainty the move turned out well.

    Ann Romney has been in remission for years.

    — Associated Press

    Rahm Emanuel quits Obama reelection campaign to join super PAC


    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, has stepped down as a cochairman of Obama’s reelection campaign to focus on raising large donations for a super PAC supporting Obama, according to news reports.

    Emanuel is a highly regarded fund-raiser and was one of the first members of Obama’s team to suggest that Democrats should establish a strong super PAC to aid the president, according to a recent e-book by Politico reporter Glenn Thrush.

    In February, Obama announced he would encourage supporters to donate to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC formed by former aides.

    So far, Priorities USA Action has failed to compete with its conservative counterparts, raising $25.5 million. Restore Our Future, a pro-Romney super PAC, has collected almost $90 million. Another conservative super PAC, American Crossroads, has raised $47.3 million.

    — Callum Borchers

    Democrats won’t get balloon finale because of late change of venue

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There will be no downpour of balloons at the Democratic National Convention finale because the late change of venue left no time to set up the traditional convention event.

    A DNC official said that the final moments of the convention will miss the massive balloon drop after President Obama delivers his speech accepting the party’s nomination.

    The Obama campaign and DNC officials said Wednesday that the possibility of thunderstorms on Thursday means they changed the location of Obama’s speech — moving it from the 74,000-seat Bank of America Stadium back to Time Warner Cable Arena where the convention has been this week.

    — Associated Press