Guilt by Association
As much as Obama and Romney mind their own camps, they're also at the mercy of others, to a degree.
Consider the dustup over Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's remarks on rape and abortion. It put Romney on the spot because he had endorsed Mourdock and cut an ad for him, giving Democrats a new opening to criticize Romney and his party on women's issues.
Obama has been weighed down at times by his former spiritual adviser's charged rhetoric. Republicans also have tried to tar the president by highlighting companies that went bankrupt after receiving millions in federal stimulus money.
By BRIAN BAKST, AP
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