Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
If you've ever thought of a way technology could improve Detroit, now's the time to turn your idea into something concrete.
Apps For Detroit, a competition for groups to design apps (whether for the web, phones or tablets) that address city challenges, kicks off with an informal information session at Signal-Return in Eastern Market this Thursday.
"One of the outcomes we hope to achieve with this event is … to corral disparate groups in a space and find developers who care about civic issues," said Alicia Rouault, one of the three Detroit fellows for Code For America, a nonprofit that launches initiatives to improve city government functionality with technology. With partners Matt Hampel and Prashant Singh, she is working on two projects for the city. One program will track bus locations in real time, another will give community groups tools to collect and analyze their own data.
When the three fellows finish their project, they hope to leave the city not just with a couple apps, but also usable data and a stronger network of people working on civic projects.
Karla Henderson, group executive of planning and facilities for the City of Detroit, as well as a judge for the challenge, hopes Apps for Detroit will become an annual contest.
"We're very excited to be moving technology forward in the city," she said. "It's something we've lagged on so it's great to have volunteers and people interested in improving Detroit."
While some in Detroit are already using technology to make the city and its infrastructure work better for residents, like Loveland Technologies' apps and database of properties for sale in the Wayne County tax auction, Rouault hopes their events will stimulate more collaboration and action.
On Thursday, they're expecting to bring together a mix of developers, designers, individuals in the non-profit sector and others to get more information about the two week competition and look for teammates to work on challenges, which will range from using national databases of health facility to provide information for citizens to visually show stories of social good in the city.
"This is as much about connecting developers to people who understand issues in Detroit from a really informed perspective," Rouault said. "An engineer building something in isolation won't ultimately be as impactful or informed as if they were collaborating with someone who knows really knows the issues in Detroit."
The city will release data about parks, recreation center, bus routes and bus stops that hasn't been made readily available before, something Rouault called a "huge win." After Thursday, the information will be online for developers to access and build on.
But teams or individuals don't have to use the new data in the competition, which purposely has few constraints. Essentially all that's required is a great idea and a working prototype.
"The best apps are generally built on top of good data," Rouault said. "But who knows? One request was to make it easier for citizens to document potholes on the street, and that doesn't need to be built on data that exists."
Code for America will be putting information about the challenges on the Apps For Detroit website, which also has a page for individuals to share ideas and create teams. A panel with representatives from business, government and media in Detroit, will judge the submissions, due July 15, and announce winners at the beginning of August.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:13
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Michigan State University sees Detroit as a future pioneer for urban agriculture.
America's first land-grant university announced Wednesday it will invest $1.5 million over the next three years to help turn the city into a world hub for food system innovation.
The university signed a memorandum of understanding with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Wednesday afternoon to begin laying the groundwork for the program, which they are calling the MetroFoodPlus Innovation Cluster. The memorandum does not create any financial obligations for either party, but allows them to explore the creation of the innovation hub and begin working towards a joint development contract.
“We want to demonstrate that innovation based on metropolitan food production can create new businesses and jobs, return idle land to productivity and grow a more environmentally sustainable and economically vital city,” Bing said in a statement.
As the earth's population continues to concentrate in cities and resources become more scarce, the university believes that the world will become increasingly dependent on urban farming to meet its food needs.
“By 2050, food production will need to double – using less water and energy than today," MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a release. "We see great opportunity to do good locally and connect globally.”
At press conference at Mayor Bing's office on Wednesday, Simon said that, by positioning itself as a leader in urban agriculture, Detroit would be able to take advantage of opportunities presented by the Farm Bill, which recently passed the U.S. Senate and is now in consideration in the House of Representatives.
Organizers say the exact schematics of the project still need to be determined by the city's stakeholders. They hope to involve about 80 local organizations active in Detroit's food network including D-Town farms, Eastern Market and the Greening of Detroit in the planning process. Mayor Bing hopes to integrate the initiative with the Detroit Works long-term framework for city planning.
The university hopes that the project will encourage increased cooperation between local food creators and distributors. Another idea? Positioning Detroit to become known as a food exporter. At the press conference, Dr. Richard Foster of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources said the general goal of the innovation cluster is to create a system that's both "socially acceptable and creates an abundance of food."
"If it's socially acceptable, it means that racial justice issues we face in this state [and city] are actually considered," he said. "It means economic and wealth distribution will have to be considered."
The university will primarily be involved in creating an agricultural knowledge base in the city. They envision creating a small 8 to 10 acre physical site that may include a state-of-the-art greenhouse.
Although details are still speculative, MSU hopes to give local farmers access to cutting edge farming technologies, like an advanced aerogel plastic that will allow greenhouses to conserve five times more heat than conventional plastic coverings, or energy-efficient lights that provide plants with only the wavelengths they need to grow.
The university also hopes to play a role by conducting relevant plant research on their East Lansing, Mich. campus and helping develop soil remediation and indoor growing techniques.
"Intensive indoor agriculture is going to be the global solution [for food security] to cities like Mexico City like Sao Paolo [in Brazil]," said Dr. Foster, "because they're not going to have a land base they're going to have to grow up and in a 300 mile radius of that city."
He believes as an innovator in urban agriculture Detroit could develop indoor farming systems that have zero energy loss and 90 percent water efficiency, and then manufacture equipment for those systems and sell them worldwide.
MSU and the City of Detroit hope to attract more participation and investment in the innovation cluster as it develops.
The next step for the project is an input session for community stakeholders scheduled for July 11 and 12. Although Detroit is known for its contentious politics, Dr. Foster said he is confident the project is on solid ground.
"The groups have indicated their willingness and not only their willingness, but their enthusiasm," he said. "In coming together they've set all their individual things, not totally aside, [but enough] to create the vision for all of us to be successful."
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:10
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act.
The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress' commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the outcome.
The decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court's four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare's fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.
The decision looks like a political compromise among the justices. The majority concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress' power under the Constitution to "lay and collect taxes."
"The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause," Roberts wrote. "That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax."
Ginsburg, writing separately for the four liberals, said they would have upheld the mandate under the commerce clause too. "Unlike the market for almost any other product or service, the market for medical care is one in which all individuals inevitably participate," she wrote. "Virtually every person residing in the United States, sooner or later, will visit a doctor or other health care professional."
On Medicaid expansion, the court upholds the expansion but with a caveat: The federal government may not threaten the states that don't comply with the loss of their existing funding.
"As for the Medicaid expansion, that portion of the Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution by threatening existing Medicaid funding," Roberts wrote. "Congress has no authority to order the States to regulate according to its instructions. Congress may offer the States grants and require the States to comply with accompanying conditions, but the States must have a genuine choice whether to accept the offer. The States are given no such choice in this case: They must either accept a basic change in the nature of Medicaid, or risk losing all Medicaid funding. The remedy for that constitutional violation is to preclude the Federal Government from imposing such a sanction. That remedy does not require striking down other portions of the Affordable Care Act."
Careful legal parsing aside, the bottom line is: The Affordable Care Act has survived.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:06
Eric Holder: Guilty Until Proven Innocent? Why is the nation’s first Black attorney general being hounded?
Category: Breaking News Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
For the record, I have not sat down with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for an interview as I have done with the man who appointed him, President Barack Obama.
I have only read about his dogged pursuit to address civil and human rights issues among other matters affecting the nation, as well as his background going back to his days at Columbia University.
I was part of the University of Michigan Law School Commencement audience earlier this year where Holder addressed one of the nation’s leading law schools, highlighting issues such as the protection of voting rights, matters that will help to define his legacy at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
But I met one of Holder’s top lieutenants, Thomas Perez, the impressive assistant attorney general for civil rights who was in town for a forum on civil rights in a multicultural society that I moderated at the invitation of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barbara McQuade. At the forum McQuade hosted, I found Perez to be not only a highly accomplished lawyer, but one whose energy is centered on desire to protect the rights of everyone.
In his answering of the questions and dialogue with the audience, it was clear Perez was not a bureaucrat and does not cherish the trappings of officialdom, rather, the business of creating a nexus between the Department of Justice and all communities it is sworn to serve. One thing I remember vividly in my dialogue with Perez was how the Department of Justice’s morale is now at its highest point because of Holder and President Obama.
That is certainly a different swing of the pendulum from the days of Attorney Generals Alberta Gonzalez and John Ashcroft under the George W. Bush presidency, both of whom had their tenures marked by explosive scandals that included purging of U.S. attorneys across the country.
In short, the Bush presidency’s drive to make professionally trained men and women who serve at the Department of Justice look at their work not through the lens of the Constitution, but through political expediency, is now a story of the past. And according to Perez, it is indeed a different day and DOJ officials enjoy what they are doing and that is reflected in the morale.
Thus it is painfully fascinating to watch history unfold as the nation’s first Black attorney general, Eric Holder, goes through a manufactured meat grinding political crisis, where certain members of Congress in the Republican Party are bent on not only disgracing him publicly, but also to basically pass a vote of no confidence on his leadership at the Department of Justice.
Republican Chairman Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appears to be on a political witch hunt against Holder in his investigation of Fast and Furious, a botched gun smuggling operation program.
Issa is pushing for a Congressional vote of contempt against Holder for reportedly not turning all documents on the Fast and Furious operation. And the White House invoked executive privilege last week against the release of some of the documents which led House Speaker John Boehner to claim White House involvement. And yet Issa said on Sunday there is no evidence whatsoever that the White House is involved.
I’m not opposed to any investigation into Fast and Furious because the family of the agent who was killed certainly would like answers from the government.
But the rate at which Chairman Issa and his colleagues are digging into this case suggests that it is more than just Fast and Furious. It suggests that this so-called investigation is not about bringing closure to the family of the agent.
Rather, it is more so about undermining the authority of the nation’s attorney general and his moral power as the top law enforcement authority in the world’s superpower.
I watched some of the hearings and observed the questioning and how Chairman Issa on numerous times took issue with Holder’s way of answering the question, in some instances suggesting he is not a good witness. I almost concluded that Issa must be obsessed with Holder’s authority. Is Issa going after Holder because the nation’s first Black attorney general has been suing states that are in violation of voting rights protections?
To blow things out of proportion and make Holder look like he is the worst attorney general is a longtime political skill employed in the service of those who are not students of history and have no memory. But because we are students of history, we cannot forget the days of the Bush presidency and the conduct of his two men who served at the helm of the DOJ.
No one in Congress held Gonzalez and Ashcroft in contempt despite the fact that evidence later showed how their tenures at the DOJ brought morale down. The scandals that emanated did not warrant a Congressional contempt of either men despite the enormity of the scandals. Why then must the first Black attorney general be subjected to this level of scrutiny and public humiliation, designed to make both Holder and President Obama fail.
Being the attorney general makes Holder instantly a powerful figure. And while some may not like that idea and detest such in a multicultural age, they should give him the respect of the Office of the Attorney General. Until such time that Holder decides to exit the grand stage, he should be accorded the respect that has been given to every other attorney general before him. Holder deserves the same courtesy that was given to Gonzalez and Ashcroft despite the scandals that took place under their watch.
You don’t summon the nation’s attorney general for a Congressional hearing and then treat him like a lamb drawn for the slaughter, all in a bid to score political points under the pretext of getting to the truth, when you never applied that same zest, energy and interest to his predecessors.
Holder has proven to be straighforward and courageous, not one to submit to political expediency. When he came out during a Black History Month program and said we are a “nation of cowards” because we don’t talk about race, he drew the ire of many on the extreme right who instantly then saw him as a target.
Because his language on race is not typical of the styles of previous attorney generals, showing the diversity of experiences the Obama era has brought to bear at the Department of Justice and other places, Holder is seen differently despite his outstanding credentials.
But when he spoke about the need to discuss race more, it had a force of authority because for the first time we are hearing the attorney general discussing an issue that’s too often swept under the rug, yet has a debilitating impact on voting rights and police issues in communities of color, etc.
When Holder’s legacy is written, it will be one that shows courage, determination, intelligence and a tenacity to address age-old problems that we’ve been massaging all along, a legacy to get us closer to a more perfect union. It will not be the legacy that Chairman Issa is trying to write.
Bankole Thompson is the senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle. He is a senior author-in-residence at Global Mark Makers Publishing House in Iowa where he is writing a six-part book series on the Obama presidency. His book “Obama and Black Loyalty” published in 2010, follows his recent book, ”Obama and Christian Loyalty” with a forward by Bob Weiner, former White House spokesman. His forthcoming books in 2012 are “Obama and Jewish Loyalty” and “Obama and Business Loyalty.” He is the first editor of an African-Americn newspaper to have a series of sit-down interviews with Barack Obama. Thompson is also a senior political news analyst at WDET-101.9 FM Detroit (NPR affiliate) and a member of the weekly “Obama Watch” Sunday evening roundtable on WLIB-1190 AM New York and simulcast in New Jersey and Connecticut.
You don’t summon the nation’s attorney general for a Congressional hearing and then treat him like a lamb drawn for the slaughter, all in a bid to score political points under the pretext of getting to the truth, when you never applied that same zest, energy and interest
to his predecessors.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:59
Citizens for More Michigan Jobs Submits More Than 500,000 Signatures to State for November Ballot Consideration
Category: Breaking News Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Two weeks shy of the July 9 deadline, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs (CMMJ) today delivered 509,777 signatures to the Secretary of State office – demonstrating overwhelming support from the Michigan electrorate for the initiative.
"Despite a massive effort in the past month to deter voters from signing our petitions, more than half a million Michigan residents endorsed our plan to raise the casino tax rate and create thousands of new jobs through the construction and operation of eight new casinos," said Emily Gerkin Palsrok, spokesperson for the coalition.
"We feel confident that our plan offers a positive alternative to the status quo," continued Palsrok. "Not only does our plan create thousands of new jobs and raise the tax rate on casinos, but it also dedicates the revenue that casinos generate to important items like K-12 spending, police and fire, road improvements and to local counties and municipalities. The people of Michigan, instead of Lansing politicians, will get to direct how the new revenue is spent, and every dollar will be accounted for on a new public website that will track revenue and expenditures."
Palsrok said the opposition's attempt to dissuade voters from signing the petitions had little or no effect on the effort.
"Voters saw through the hypocrisy of the existing casinos fighting against more competition and an increase in the gaming tax," said Palsrok. "It is clear that they are not concerned with job creation, or with generating new revenue for important programs like education and public safety. Rather, they are intent on maintaining the status quo, which allows them to enjoy a very low gaming tax and limited competition. They made clear from the outset that they are willing to say anything to maintain their monopoly."
CCMJ is proposing eight new privately owned casino locations, which would – if approved by voters in November – creates thousands of good paying jobs and increase state taxes on all private gaming facilities. The new revenue would directly benefit Michigan schools, roads and bridges, law enforcement, and local units of government.
The proposed sites would be located in Detroit, Birch Run, Grand Rapids, Romulus, Clinton Township, Clam Lake (Cadillac), Pontiac and DeWitt Township (Lansing). CCMJ estimates the new casinos will generate $275 million annually in new revenue for the state and create more than 16,000 new jobs.
Currently, Michigan has 25 casinos, but only three are privately owned and pay taxes – one of the lowest tax rates on gaming in the country. CCMJ’s proposal would increase that tax to 23 percent, with a specified distribution system to benefit core statewide programs, such as education, police and fire programs, road, local government and gaming addiction programs.
With signatures now submitted to the state, CMMJ plans to officially kickoff proactive campaign efforts in July.
CMMJ was formed by Jobs First LLC, a group of Michigan business leaders focused on increasing jobs and economic development across the state by targeting convention and tourism areas. All proposed private casino locations are on land already owned by Michigan Developers.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 11:45
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ
GROSSE POINTE (WWJ) - The attorney for Bob Bashara said the Grosse Pointe businessman has been placed on suicide watch following his Monday arrest for solicitation of murder.
Speaking to WWJ’s Marie Osborne, Bashara’s attorney David Griem said his client is unstable and completely confused after being arrested for allegedly trying to solicit someone to kill handyman Joseph Gentz – the man charged with killing Bashara’s wife, Jane.
“In a state that I would describe almost as despondency, I indicated to police officials that I was worried about his wellbeing, and I believe that they put him on a suicide watch,” said Griem.
Bashara is currently being held in the Wayne County Jail and Griem said he expects arraignment to take place on Wednesday.
Griem said Bashara was in “complete disbelief” and responded “this is a setup” when told about the charges Monday. He said Bashara denied any knowledge of any kind of plot.
“His belief is that the prosecutor’s office was going to charge him no matter what, and that they found another vehicle or way in which to charge him,” said Griem, adding that the idea his client would try to kill Gentz, especially while he is locked up, is crazy.
“Something out of ‘Mission: Impossible’ to try to get into a facility such as the Wayne County Jail to carry out a hit. It just doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Grosse Pointe Park Police would not comment and a spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said there would be no comment from the prosecutor’s office.
Griem said he is very interested in learning about the evidence police have regarding Bashara’s arrest.
“It’s not often that I find myself speechless but this is one of those occasions, I was completely surprised,” he said.
Bob Bashara Arrest
The body of Jane Bashara, a 56-year-old marketing executive and mother of two, was found in the back of her Mercedes-Benz SUV parked in an alley at Pinewood and Annott in Detroit on Jan. 25. Her husband reported her missing the night before. An autopsy showed that she had extensive bruising to her upper body, a crushed windpipe and missing fingernails.
In March, authorities charged Gentz with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the death of Jane Bashara. Gentz reportedly told Grosse Pointe Park investigators back in January that he was hired to kill Jane Bashara and paid by her husband.
Bob Bashara, who was named a person of interest early on in the investigation, has maintained his innocence and denied any involvement in his wife’s death.
An email message has been left for Gentz’s attorney Susan Reed.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:25
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
The backers of a rail line that would cover a 3.3 mile stretch of Detroit's Woodward Ave. are putting together a list of potential private-sector management companies they believe would be qualified to run the service -- should it become a reality.
Crain's Detroit Business reports that the U.S. Department of Transportation has asked M1 Rail, a private-sector group led by businessmen Roger Penske, Dan Gilbert and Matt Cullen, for the names of potential operators as a condition of eligibility for up to $25 million in capital funding.
The group currently has five firms under consideration but has declined to make those names public, according to Crain's.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood rejected the rail group's bid for $25 million in funding from the the department's current round of grants. In his letter LaHood said a number of obstacles would need to be resolved by the group so that it could qualify for alternative sources of federal funding.
In order to be considered, he said the group would need: the development of an operating plan for the rail service; the development of a capital reserve or other strategy to keep the project afloat should it exceed costs; an agreement between M1 Rail, the state and local shareholders outlining the responsibilities of each; an acknowledgement from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments or a similar body that it has the legal authority to provide the functions outlined in the group's plan; the authorization of a regional transit authority.
MLive reports that the M-1 rail has secured about $90 million in financial backing for the $137 million project that would run from Hart Plaza to Detroit's New Center area.
Earlier the project had been envisioned as a a 9.3-mile light rail line, but those plans were scrapped last December after Mayor Dave Bing announced the city was committed to enhancing the city's bus system.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:20
Category: Breaking News Written by Fox News NY
June 25 marks three years since the death of music icon Michael Jackson.
The legendary entertainer died at the age of 50 from cardiac arrest at his home in California.
Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for over-medicating his famous client who was said to be desperate to sleep.
Jackson's death was ruled a homicide.
The 'King of Pop's mother, Katherine, has permanent custody of Jackson's three children, Paris, Prince and Blanket.
On Thursday, Jackson's brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Marlon and Tito will honor their brother with a sold-out performance at the Apollo Theater.
'The Jacksons: Unity Tour 2012' marks the first time the brothers have toured together since 1984.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 13:16
Category: Breaking News Written by CBS News
(CBS News) WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is poised to announce a decision this week - perhaps as early as today - that could affect the political landscape, the economy, and the lives of millions of Americans.
As the court winds up its term, the justices are expected to announce their ruling on whether President Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act, considered by most to be his signature achievement, is constitutional.
It's seen as the most significant health care legislation in 40 years or, as Vice President Biden whispered in Mr. Obama's ear when it was passed in March 2010, "This is a big [expletive] deal."
Complete coverage: Health care law debate
And with word on the ruling due any day, Democrats and Republicans are fine-tuning their message.
Earlier this month, House Speaker John Boehner said, "We know that it must be repealed in its entirety."
But former House speaker and now House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose earlier this month, "I think we're ironclad on the constitutionality of the bill."
Since the law passed, millions have taken advantage of some provisions already in place, such as coverage for adult children up to the age of 26 by their parents' insurance.
But the court must decide whether an unpopular part of the law, the requirement that all Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty, known as the individual mandate, is constitutional.
The potential outcomes range from the court upholding the law in its entirety, striking down the controversial individual mandate and leaving the rest - or most - of the law in place, or declaring the entire bill unconstitutional.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney says if the court upholds any part of the law, he'll work to eliminate it.
"Regardless of what they do, it's going to be up to the next president to either repeal and replace Obamacare, or replace Obamacare," Romney says.
The president has made his views clear on what the court should do, saying, "I am confident that this will be upheld because it should be upheld."
But he hasn't said what he will do if it's struck down.
White House officials have indicated they will try to implement whatever's left.
And candidates up and down the ticket, in Washington and elsewhere, also are preparing for decision day.
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is ready for any scenario - his campaign accidentally released videos he'd filmed to cover every possible outcome.
Among his statements in the videos: "Well, we've had our brief moment of celebration because the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is in fact unconstitutional"; "We now know that Obamacare came down as a split decision"; "They've ruled that Obamacare is constitutional."
Meantime, no one in Washington seems able to agree on who'd win and who'd lose no matter what the justices rule.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 12:03
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign has released a new ad in several battleground states that rebuts attacks against the president for his much-maligned statement that the private sector is "doing fine."
The spot begins by balancing the president's recognition that more needs to be done to help the economy recover with a positive message about his platform for the future. It ends with a definitive swipe against presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"Mitt Romney and his billionaire allies can spend millions to distort the president's words," the ad says. "But they are not interested in rebuilding the middle class, he is."
In the background is a graphic showing the president at the podium for that press conference where he spoke the phrase, with the words "doing fine" below.
The ad is a response spot to the attacks the president has come under for uttering that remark. The campaign did not blast it out to the national press, though a campaign official did confirm on background that it was airing in the following states: Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 11:56
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