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Obama: In Colo., pushing middle-class message.

"From the blue-collar steel town of Pueblo to a college campus in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs, President Barack Obama appealed to middle class voters Thursday to give him four more years, saying he is the candidate who has looked out for them and the only one who will continue to do so,” The Denver Post writes. “As he did in Denver and Grand Junction on Wednesday, Obama repeatedly hit on what he says is the fundamental difference between his and opponent Mitt Romney's visions for the country: Romney wants to decrease taxes for the wealthiest Americans, while Obama would raise them and give middle-class families a tax cut.”

“President Obama’s staff arranged for him to be personally briefed last summer on a loan program to help clean-energy companies, two months before the program was thrust into headlines by the collapse of its flagship, the solar company Solyndra, records show,” the Washington Post writes. “About the same time, then-White House Chief of Staff William Daley resolved a dispute among administration officials over another project in the program, clearing the way for a $1.4 billion loan, according to documents and sources familiar with the situation. The documents, a series of e-mails among Energy Department staff members involved in managing the program, provide new details about the level of White House involvement in the controversial initiative. White House officials have said in the past that final decisions about which companies would receive the loan guarantees were made by career staff members at the Energy Department, not political appointees. Administration officials said Wednesday that the e-mails show that the White House involvement was appropriate and that there was no pressure on agency officials.”

Politico: "Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and plan a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat who “would devastate the American middle class,” Democratic sources tell POLITICO. According to convention planning documents, the three-night convention in Charlotte, N.C., early next month will seek to “[e]xpose Mitt Romney as someone who doesn’t understand middle class challenges” while also burnishing “the President’s image as someone whose life story is about fighting for middle class Americans and those working to get into the middle class.”

National Journal: The Obama campaign is out with a rebuttal ad, addressing a Mitt Romney spot that attacked the president on welfare reform.