- - Sunday, July 15, 2012

WOLFEBORO, N.H. — Republican Mitt Romney is talking about his presidential campaign with Oprah Winfrey.

The presumptive GOP nominee and his wife, Ann, met with Miss Winfrey on Friday for an interview that will be published in O, The Oprah Magazine. Romney aides late Saturday said the conversation took place as the Romneys were ready to begin a leisurely weekend at their lakefront house in Wolfeboro, N.H.

The aides would not discuss the interview topics or tone before its publication.

Miss Winfrey in 2007 broke her long-standing rule against supporting politicians and came out for Barack Obama. She became one his strongest advocates and helped him win over female voters.

The former queen of daytime talk shows still supports the Democratic president, but doesn’t plan to revive her role for him as he seeks re-election.

CAMPAIGN

Obama tops $100M for TV spots in target states

President Obama’s campaign has spent nearly $100 million on television commercials in selected battleground states so far, unleashing a sustained early barrage designed to create lasting, negative impressions of Republican Mitt Romney before he and his allies ramp up for the fall.

In a reflection of campaign strategy, more than one-fifth of the president’s ad spending has been in Ohio, a state that looms as a must-win for Mr. Romney more so than for Mr. Obama. Florida ranks second and Virginia third, according to organizations that track media spending and other sources.

About three-quarters of the president’s advertising has been critical of Mr. Romney as Mr. Obama struggles to turn the election into a choice between him and his rival, rather than a referendum on his own handling of the weak economy. Mr. Obama’s television ad spending dwarfs the Romney campaign’s so far by a margin of 4 to 1 or more. It is at rough parity with the Republican challenger and several outside GOP-led organizations combined. They appear positioned to outspend the president and his allies this fall, perhaps heavily.

The latest attack ad, released Saturday, includes Mr. Romney singing an off-key rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Pictures and signs scroll by that say his companies shipped jobs to Mexico and China, that Massachusetts state jobs went to India while he was governor, and that he has personal investments in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

Democrats and even some Republicans agree the effort to cast Mr. Romney as an unfit steward for the economy shows sign of making some headway. Yet GOP strategists hasten to add that Mr. Romney has ample time to counter, particularly with recent signs of a struggling economy and the fall campaign yet to begin.

WISCONSIN

County DA: Voter-fraud allegations unsubstantiated

RACINE — Authorities who investigated allegations of voter fraud in the Wisconsin Senate recall election that went to a recount say they have found no evidence of criminal activity.

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