Relentless GOP attacks have forced President Barack Obama to defend a remark he made 12 days ago about business owners.
The move ends a long stretch in which Obama had kept Republican Mitt Romney on the defensive.
The events delighted Republicans who were eager to shift the campaign narrative from Romney's tax returns, overseas assets and Bain Capital record.
A new Obama TV ad looks similar to one that began airing Monday and which contrasts his economic plans with Romney's.
They are the 2012 campaign's first ads that consist solely of Obama talking directly into a camera.
Democrats say the format plays to the president's strength. But the technique might lose some of its impact over time.
The snowmobile trails opened in Vilas CountyFriday at 5 p.m.
More light snow on the way, and a bit of a warming trend too.
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