Inside Politics: Obama super PAC uses ‘47 percent’ in new ad

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A super political action committee supporting President Obama is running the first television advertisement using Republican Mitt Romney’s words from a closed-door fundraiser.

The ad from Priorities USA Action shows clips of Mr. Romney telling wealthy donors that 47 percent of Americans “believe that they are victims.” Mr. Romney goes on to say he’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility.

The ad closes with a narrator saying Mr. Romney will never convince middle-class voters he’s on their side.

The liberal magazine Mother Jones released the Romney video clips Monday.

The ad is part of a $30 million project by Priorities that focuses on how it believes Mr. Romney’s proposals would hurt the middle class. The ad will run in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Poll: Obama, Baldwin take Wisconsin leads

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A Marquette University poll shows President Obama with a surprisingly large lead of 54 percent to 40 percent over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and also shows Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin with a 50-41 lead in her Senate race against former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson.

The presidential race had tightened in Wisconsin since Mr. Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate last month, but recent polls have suggested that the resulting GOP bump has begun to dissipate as Democrats are experiencing a post-convention surge in support.

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Ginsburg: Gay marriage headed to Supreme Court

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I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term,” the justice told a questioner at a University of Colorado speaking appearance.

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