Inside Politics: Romney wins endorsement of National Rifle Association

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ABC said the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will be on hand at the morning news program for its 8 a.m. (EDT) hour. Joining George Stephanopoulos at the anchor desk, Mrs. Romney will be filling in for co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is on extended medical leave.

ABC said it is in discussions with first lady Michelle Obama for a similar guest appearance when her schedule allows.

Comedian Stephen Colbert, TV celebrity Oprah Winfrey and the cast of “Modern Family” have previously been announced to substitute for Ms. Roberts, who had a bone marrow transplant last month.

MAINE

Mayor: City’s immigrants should leave culture at door

LEWISTON — Critics say a Maine mayor who said his city’s Somali immigrants should “accept our culture and leave your culture at the door” should resign.

The Maine People’s Alliance says it has collected hundreds of signatures calling for Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald to step down for his comments to the BBC.

About 6,000 Somali immigrants have settled into this former mill town in search of affordable housing and a safe place to live.

Mr. Macdonald has since tried to clarify his comments, saying immigrants should try to assimilate into American culture, not that they need to give up their language, religion or traditions.

CAMPAIGN

AARP not endorsing anyone for president

AARP has reminded voters that it is not endorsing a candidate for president.

President Obama mentioned the lobbying organization for seniors twice Wednesday in discussing Medicare and Social Security. He noted that AARP supports his health care law and opposes the voucher program Republican Mitt Romney has proposed for Medicare in the future.

AARP’s Senior Vice President, John Hishta, said AARP is nonpartisan and has never consented to the use of its name by any campaign or political group and doesn’t take sides in political races.

Mr. Hishta said in a statement released after the debate in Denver that voters deserve more than sound bites about Medicare, Social Security and other programs for seniors.

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