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SOTU Sneak Peek
July 26th, 2012
09:21 AM ET

SOTU Sneak Peek

There is no shortage of stories dominating the news this week, but what will be leading the headlines on Sunday morning? These are some of the stories in the news this week.

Romney’s Foreign Tour: GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney arrived in London on Wednesday to kick off his three country foreign policy tour. Team Romney says that his trip abroad will boost the governor’s foreign policy plans and serve as more of a “listen and learn.” “We don’t anticipate that this is an opportunity for the governor to make any specific policy pronouncement,” said Romney’s campaign foreign policy director Lanhee Chen. On Tuesday, Romney addressed a crowd at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention stating that American exceptionalism and nationalism would lead his foreign policy. “I am an unapologetic believer in the greatness of this country. I am not ashamed of American power,” said Romney. His six day tour will also include stops in Poland and Israel.
Negative Campaigning Works: According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, the negative television ads against both President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney are actually working. The NBC/WSJ poll finds that both candidates “very negative” ratings have reached an all-time high after weeks of millions of dollars spent on harsh attack ads. However this polling has not changed who is ahead in the polls. Mr. Obama still leads his opponent by six percentage points (49 percent to 43 percent).

Department of Justice Tackles Pennsylvania Voter ID Laws: Pennsylvania is the next state under investigation of the Department of Justice for discriminatory voter ID laws. The DOJ says that Pennsylvania’s law, which requires voters to show proof of identity before voting, discriminates against minorities and sent a three-page letter to the state’s elections official demanding the state produce sufficient documents within 30 days. So far, the DOJ has filed lawsuits against South Caroline and Texas.

President Obama Reaches Out to the Black Vote.
After traveling cross-country for four days, President Obama heads to New Orleans on Wednesday to speak with his most fervent supporters, African-American voters. Mr. Obama will address the National Urban League, a civil rights group. In 2008, President Obama won 95% of the Black vote, however in 2012 only 89% of registered Black voters are backing the President. A report titled “The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012” states that low Black voter turnout in this election could potentially harm Mr. Obama winning battleground states. “African-American voters tipped the outcome of the 2008 presidential election in several key states, and are posed to do so again in 2012,” said the report.

Much more to come, make sure to check back Friday for our full Rundown and don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9am & Noon ET.

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