Obama Celebrates His Birthday, But No Respite From The Campaign
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney came off of his international visits by stumping for votes in Indiana on Saturday, where he attacked Obama's economic policies.
According to the AP, Romney highlighted the Labor Department's newest unemployment figures, released on Friday, which showed that unemployment rose from 8.2% to 8.3% in the month of June.
Romney used that information to appeal to supporters in Indiana, saying:
"These are real families having real hard times... This has been an extraordinary series of policy failures on behalf of the president."
While Obama won Indiana in the 2008 presidential election, in the latest reports, the historically Republican-leaning state appears to be Romney this time around.
Romney also gained a high profile supporter in the form of actor and former mayor Clint Eastwood. The two appeared together Friday night. According to CNN, Eastwood knew he liked Romney from the first time he heard of him:
"And at that time Gov. Romney was running for governor and I kept seeing him appear on television all the time and I said 'God this guy, he's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president... And as the years have gone by, I begin to think even more so about that."
While Obama himself is not campaigning this weekend, his campaign team is spearheading a lawsuit in Ohio that would block early voting for military members until the Monday before Election Day.
The new early voting guideline was voted into effect in the state this year, but according to Politico, the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee say they want to block the law in order to give all voters the same early voting cut-off—according to the new law, early voting for non-military voters ends three days before Election Day.
This has drawn fire from military groups and the Romney campaign, which claimed that the Obama campaign was trying to restrict the voting rights of military members, a claim that the Obama campaign refuted and called "shameful."