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Romney: 'Regular contact' with Bain post-1999

"Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has said he had no active role in Bain Capital, the private equity firm he founded, after he exited in February 1999 to take over Salt Lake City's Winter Olympics bid. But according to Bain associates and others familiar with Romney's actions at the time, he stayed in regular contact with his partners over the following months, tending to his partnership interests and negotiating his separation from the company," the Associated Press reports.

“As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America's enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London. In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa. ‘We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,’ the adviser said of Mr. Romney, adding: ‘The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.’”

*** UPDATE *** The Romney campaign's Andrea Saul says categorically: “It’s not true. If anyone said that, they weren’t reflecting the views of Governor Romney or anyone inside the campaign."

The L.A. Times: “Preparing for his first foreign travel as the unofficial Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney used a send-off speech before military veterans Tuesday to deliver a scathing indictment of President Obama's defense and foreign policies.”

More: “The convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a virtual command performance for presidential hopefuls; Obama addressed the group in Reno on Monday, winning a warm reception when he touted such achievements as the killing of Osama bin Laden. Another tradition is avoiding harsh partisan rhetoric while on foreign soil, and Romney, who embarks Wednesday on a weeklong swing through England, Israel and Poland, acknowledged as much. But he showed no such restraint Tuesday, scoring Obama repeatedly even as he offered few specifics about what he would do if elected.”

It also points out that despite Romney’s critiques of the president for defense cuts, “Unspoken was the fact that Congress — not Obama — effectively put a gun to its own head on defense spending, adopting the cuts on a bipartisan vote as a way to force a long-term resolution of the nation's debt. So far, that effort has been unavailing.”

The New York Times: "On the eve of a trip abroad intended to burnish his qualifications to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney accused Obama administration officials on Tuesday of betraying the country by leaking national security secrets for their own political gain and failing to stand up to adversaries like China, Russia and Iran. Mr. Romney’s address, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention here, was the most expansive foreign policy speech of his candidacy and opened a new and aggressive attack on President Obama on national security."

"A Republican group backed by the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is starting a new effort in battleground states to win over Jewish voters who could be persuaded to turn away from President Obama and support Mitt Romney. The group, the Republican Jewish Coalition, plans to begin a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign in the coming weeks called “My Buyer’s Remorse,” targeting voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, aides said. The campaign uses testimonials from people who say they regret supporting Mr. Obama because of his economic policies and his posture toward Israel, in hopes of cutting into the wide advantage Democrats have held over Republicans among Jewish voters," The New York Times reports.

The Los Angeles Times: "Watching attacks that say Mitt Romney killed jobs instead of creating them, former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan can’t help but feel ‘a little bit of deja vu.’ The onetime Republican mayor — who supported Barack Obama four years ago but plans to vote for Romney in November — advises the presidential challenger to rise above the fray. “They didn’t do as good a job on me as Obama is doing on Romney,” Riordan said, “but, quite honestly, what my backers told me was, ‘Don’t respond, don’t defend yourself.’ Because if you stay out of it, these become one-day stories.” So Riordan would advise Romney: Don’t play defense. Talk about what you want to talk about."