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2012: Popular spouses

The Washington Post: “President Obama and Mitt Romney -- his likely competitor for the country’s top job -- have one thing in common: they are both less popular than their wives. In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, first lady Michelle Obama continues to check in with a sky-high favorable rating of 69 percent, well above our latest read on the president himself. And in the first Post-ABC numbers on Ann Romney, 40 percent of Americans have positive impressions, with fewer, 30 percent, holding negative ones -- and just as many undecided. In our poll last week, her husband, the former governor of Massachusetts, had more detractors than supporters.”

“A Democratic super PAC backing President Barack Obama's re-election and an environmental group are airing $1 million in advertising in Colorado and Nevada seeking to tie Mitt Romney to oil companies,” the AP writes. It paints Romney as the “$200 million man.”

Crossroads GPS is up with $1.2 million in ads across five states.

The Obama campaign is out with a video this morning highlighting that Romney supports the Ryan budget, which would cap Pell Grants over the next 10 years.