Washington Daybook: Romney Rebuked

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Mitt Romney boards his plane on Sept. 18, 2012 in Salt Lake City before departing for Dallas where he will attend a fundraiser.

The hits just keep coming for Mitt Romney.

Rebuked by members of his own party including Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown after Romney’s “47 percent” remarks at a May fundraiser went viral, Romney wakes up today finding himself behind in the polls in three key swing states.

A Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll released today gives President Barack Obama a 51 percent to 45 percent lead over Romney in Wisconsin, the home state of Romney running mate Paul Ryan. It also shows Obama leading 50 percent to 45 percent in Virginia, a swing state considered a must-win for Republicans, as well as a leading slightly in Colorado.

Ryan will attend a rally today in Danville, Virginia, seeking to make a dent in those numbers, while Romney attends the Univision political forum and a “Juntos Con Romney” campaign rally tonight in Miami.

Housing may be helping lift the economy, as well as Obama’s chances to win re-election. Housing starts climbed 2.3 percent in August, the strongest pace of single-family home starts in more than two years, the Commerce Department said today. Sales of previously owned homes probably rose as well last month as low mortgage rates and cheaper properties stoked demand. The National Association of Realtors releases the latest sales data at 10 a.m. Earlier today, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that home-loan applications were little changed last week following the biggest jump in three months.

Also today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke holds a private meeting with U.S. senators on sequestration and the economy. The Senate holds a procedural vote on a continuing resolution to fund government operations for another six months and prevent a shutdown. And Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi visits the U.S. Capitol to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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