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Stuart Stevens, a former top adviser to Mitt Romney, commended President Barack Obama's re-election team on Thursday, but argued that the Republican nominee ran a more nationally focused campaign.
"There were two very different campaigns that were run. When you listen to the Obama campaign and let me be the first to say they ran a great campaign. It was a campaign they could have lost and they won and that's the definition of a great campaign in my book," Stevens said during an appearance on "CBS This Morning."
"They ran very state specific issues, less of a national campaign. That was not why Governor Romney was running. He wanted to talk about big national issues — debt, entitlements, the future of the country. He wanted to put big questions before the country. And he did that. And I think the comparison of those two was striking. It was striking in the debates."
The Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday voted unanimously to move the special election to replace outgoing Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) to April 9, the Associated Press reports.
After the special election was tentatively planned for March 19, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) made it clear earlier this week that he preferred to have it coincide with municipal elections already scheduled for April 9 in order to save the state money. The Senate must now approve the date change.
Jackson announced last week that he was resigning from Congress to cope with his bipolar disorder.
The already record-setting jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing reached $550 million today. There has not been a Powerball winner since Oct. 6, allowing the winning total to climb to historic heights.
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on Wednesday offered a critical response to Larry Summers, the former economic adviser to President Obama who earlier in the day suggested that the mortgage interest deduction should be phased out as part of the ongoing "fiscal cliff" negotiations. The deduction allows homeowners to trim their taxes based on the amount of interest they pay on their housing loans.
DeFazio rejected such a proposal, noting that he's rarely seen eye-to-eye with Summers.
"I don't think I've ever agreed with Larry Summers on anything. He was a disaster as an adviser to Obama," DeFazio said during an appearance on MSNBC. "That's crazy. The one tax break most middle-income families in this country can get unlike everything that's available to the wealthy and the special interests and everybody else is their mortgage interest deduction. I'm going to fight to keep that."
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced that the oil company BP will be temporarily suspended from landing new contracts from the federal government for its conduct during the Deepwater Horizon crisis, Bloomberg reports.
BP plead guilty to criminal charges for its role in the 2010 oil spill, which was the worst in U.S. history.
A video courtesy of the Associated Press captured footage of Egyptian authorities firing tear gas at protesters in Cairo on Wednesday. The protest was held in opposition to the recent power grab by President Mohammed Morsi.