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**FILE** Rep. W. Todd Akin (Associated Press)

Democrats run ad in Tampa paper tying Romney to Akin

The Democratic National Committee is taking the fight to Republicans during their convention in Tampa, Fla., by running a full-page ad in the city's largest newspaper linking presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's views on abortion to those of Missouri Rep. W. Todd Akin.

** FILE ** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (Associated Press)

Christie: Romney will follow GOP principles, work across the aisle

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday denied a report that he has been skeptical of Mitt Romney's chances of winning the presidential election, and hinted that his keynote speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention will tout the presumptive GOP nominee as a bipartisan leader who will work with Democrats to end gridlock in Washington.