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Mrs. Healey’s home is outside of any actual town. Woodstock, Vt., where reporters traveling with Mr. Romney will be staying, is about eight miles away. Mrs. Healey was lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2007, while Mr. Romney was governor.

NORTH CAROLINA

Democrats: ‘Better off’ query in need of more context

CHARLOTTE — Democrats say answering the question of whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago requires some context.

Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren told NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday that people should remember how far the economy fell and how hard it is to get back from a time when the stock market was crashing and the auto industry was a mess. She says the real issue is who has the best plan to move forward.

Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan, meanwhile, says to ask the millions of people out of work if they are better off. He noted on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that unemployment remains above 8 percent, despite President Obama’s economic-stimulus plan.

The question was a major talking point for both sides as the Democratic National Convention kicked off Tuesday.

NEBRASKA

Kerrey: Democrats don’t want my dose of reality

Nebraska Senate hopeful Bob Kerrey, once considered a potential Democratic presidential contender during his previous Senate stint, is skipping the party’s convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week because, he says, fellow Democrats don’t want to hear the dose of reality he’d bring.

“I am not there because what I have to say to my party is not very welcome,” Mr. Kerrey, who trails in the polls by double digits to Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer in his political-comeback bid, said at an Omaha, Neb., news conference on Tuesday.

“If I were there, I would say that our biggest budget problem — the growing cost of federal retirement programs — was not caused by the Republicans. It wasn’t caused by the Democrats, either, for that matter. It was caused by politicians of both parties promising more and more generous benefits to voters over the age of 65 in an effort to win their support at election time,” he said.

CAMPAIGN

Poll: Obama’s numbers up in automaker state

Voters in Michigan — where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was born and raised — prefer President Obama in the upcoming presidential election, a new poll by a Democratic-leaning pollster finds.

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