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Mitt Romney believes Pa. is still in play

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BRYN MAWR, Pa. — Rip Scott regrets his 2008 presidential vote for Barack Obama. The 60-year-old real estate company owner is going home to his Republican Party this year. Here in Philadelphia’s suburbs where Pennsylvania political fights can be won or lost, Scott’s reversal is the evidence Mitt Romney is looking for to merit his 11th-hour sortie into the state.

‘‘I just kind of bought into the whole thing,’’ Scott said remorsefully as he headed for a haircut along Philadelphia’s affluent Main Line. He said he feels demonized by Democrats as a successful business owner and wonders why Obama considers him one of the wealthy who needs to contribute more in taxes. ‘‘I don’t feel wealthy,’’ he said.

In the campaign’s final days, Romney is making a strong push into Pennsylvania, aided by outside political groups spending millions in last-minute ads to help erode Obama’s support in 2008, when he won it by more than 10 percentage points. Polling shows Obama holding on to a 4 or 5 percentage point lead, but Romney has been gaining ground. Unlike states with early voting, 95 percent of the Pennsylvania votes are expected to be cast on Election Day, justifying a late attempt to sway the outcome.



Complaints by Republicans lead to withdrawal of report on taxes

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WASHINGTON — The Congressional Research Service has withdrawn an economic report that found no correlation between top tax rates and economic growth, a central tenet of conservative economic theory, after Senate Republicans raised concerns about the paper’s findings and wording.

Don Stewart, a spokesman for the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, contended that people outside Congress had also criticized the study and that officials at the research service ‘‘decided, on their own, to pull the study pending further review.’’

Aides to McConnell presented a bill of particulars to the research service that included objections to the use of the term ‘‘Bush tax cuts’’ and the report’s reference to ‘‘tax cuts for the rich,’’ which Republicans contended was politically freighted. They also protested on economic grounds, saying the author was looking for a macroeconomic response to tax cuts within the first year of the policy change without sufficiently taking into account the time lag of economic policies.