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Romney: Lower tax rate 'the right way to encourage economic growth'

President Obama's campaign immediately pounced after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who released his own 2011 tax returns Friday afternoon, said he thought it was fair that his effective 14.1 percent federal income tax rate was lower than someone earning $50,000 per year because "it's the right way to encourage economic growth."

** FILE ** Obama campaign strategist Robert Gibbs. ("Fox News Sunday" via Associated Press)

Gibbs: No one misled over Libya attacks

"Absolutely not," Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs replied to "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace when asked whether the administration was politically motivated when it initially mischaracterized the recent attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, right, before speaking with supporters of Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker at a phone bank during a campaign stop in Fitchburg, Wis., in this March 31, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

GOP ad notes Obama's return to Wisconsin

The Republican National Committee, noting President Obama's first visit to battleground state Wisconsin in 220 days, dropped a new ad noting the political landscape has changed in the state over the last year.

**FILE ** Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Associated Press)

Scott Walker: Romney campaign underutilizing Ryan

Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker thinks the campaign of party nominee Mitt Romney has been too passive in responding to attacks from the Obama campaign, and that it is failing to showcase the strengths of Romney running mate and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets in his vehicle as he arrives in Las Vegas on Sept. 21, 2012. (Associated Press)

Romney doubles Obama's charitable giving

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is releasing a brief summary of 20 years of tax returns on Friday, and his accountant says it will show he gave 13.45 percent of his adjusted gross income to charities.