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SOTU Sneak Peek
August 10th, 2012
10:24 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 veep choice? There’s an app for that: Team Romney says they’re almost ready to reveal their Vice Presidential pick. However, the announcement will come in an innovative way: via smart phone app. The “Mitt’s VP” app will be the first to announce whose name will be next to Romney’s this November. Everyone’s eyes are pointed towards a long list of potential candidates, and we’ll be watching our smart phones while trying to read the tea leaves.

The candidates "war" over voters: In an effort to regain their vote, President Obama traveled to Colorado this week to speak with female voters. Standing behind a podium with the sign “Women’s Health Security” plastered on the front, Obama said that the women of America need a president who will fight for their health rights. “That’s the President I’ve been. That’s the President I will be if I get a second tern as President of the United States, to keep moving this country forward.” While President Obama’s claim that Team Romney’s “war on women” will “take us back to the policies more suited to the 1950’s than the 21st century,” Romney released an ad saying the President’s policies are a “war on religion.” In the television ad, the announcer states that Obama’s health care law goes against the faith of religion institutions. “President Obama used his healthcare plan to declare war on religion, forcing religious institutions to go against their faith. Mitt Romney believes that’s wrong.”

Negative ads with truth issues: Members from both campaigns are crying foul after two recently released television ads from President Obama and Mitt Romney do not exactly tell the truth. A Pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action produced an ad claiming Romney is to blame for laid off steel worker Joe Soptic’s loss of health insurance and the eventual death of his wife, Ilyona Rae. Soptic worked for GST Steel, which was acquired by Bain Capital in 1993, but the company went bankrupt in 2001. In the ad, which has yet to be aired, Soptic tells the story of how being laid off from the Kansas City plant led to his loss of health benefits which in turn affected his wife getting the proper treatment for her cancer. Upon further review, numerous news and fact check organizations unearthed that while Soptic says his wife became ill “a short time” after the plant closed in 2001, Mrs. Soptic actually passed away in June of 2006. Separately this week, Governor Romney released an ad alleging that the Obama camp had lessened the work requirements of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. In the ad, an announcer compares Obama’s achievements to those of Bill Clinton and states that Obama’s plan would “gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements.” However, the Obama administrations plan allows for individual states to change their welfare-to-work programs, which are federally funded.

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

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