Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Romney Campaign Stays on Defensive

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Romney Campaign Stays on Defensive

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WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney struggled to steady his presidential campaign on Friday, buffeted by an outbreak of sniping among frustrated Republicans, fresh evidence of a slide in battleground state polls and President Barack Obama's accusation that he was writing off "half the country" in pursuit of the White House.

Republican running mate Paul Ryan drew boos at an AARP convention in New Orleans when he said Romney would repeal Obama's health care law.

Obama rebutted Ryan's charges point by point in a video appearance to the same audience.

Romney's campaign also released a letter from Romney's doctor saying the 65-year-old former Massachusetts governor is healthy and physically up to the demands of the presidency.

Republicans tried to yank the campaign focus back to the economy.

"While President Obama and Democrats will try to distract voters, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are focused on fixing the economy, getting Americans back to work and ensuring a better future for our children and grandchildren," said Sen. …

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