Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Obama Defends Tone of Campaign; He Makes Surprise Appearance to Take Questions as Romney, Ryan Join Forces

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Obama Defends Tone of Campaign; He Makes Surprise Appearance to Take Questions as Romney, Ryan Join Forces

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WASHINGTON - Denounced by his Republican rival for divisiveness, President Barack Obama on Monday defended the tone of his campaign in a combative election year and insisted it's actually Mitt Romney's ads that are "patently false." But Obama did distance himself from a particularly provocative negative ad by a political group that supports him.

Obama also joined the cascade of criticism from both parties for comments on rape and abortion by Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri, using that new controversy to draw distinctions between his views on women's health issues and those of Republicans.

Obama made a surprise visit to the White House briefing room, at least partly upstaging a joint campaign appearance by Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, in New Hampshire. The rally by Romney and Ryan, their first appearance together after a week of campaigning separately, had been highly anticipated, drawing an upbeat crowd and wide media attention. …

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