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Grapevine: Do voters know enough about the candidates?

And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Black and White Issue

A Democratic state senator from Virginia made some bold statements about race and the presidential campaign during a radio interview Friday.

Here is what State Senator Louise Lucas said while reportedly speaking on behalf of President Obama's re-election campaign.

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SEN. LOUISE LUCAS, D – VA: Mitt Romney -- he's speaking to a population of this -- a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position...Mitt Romney is speaking to a group of people out there who don't like folks like President Barack Obama in any elective or leadership position...He's speaking to that fringe out there who do not want to see anybody other than a white person in a leadership position."

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We reached out to the Obama campaign for comment but did not hear back.

Enough Already

With a little more than three months to go until the election most voters say they already know enough about the candidates.

A new Pew Research poll shows when it comes to President Obama 90 percent say they know what they need to know about him.

69 percent say the same about Governor Romney.

HB-uh-O

The PR department at HBO might need a refresher on journalism ethics when it comes to their new TV series "The Newsroom."

A Forbes writer points out that critics have been cool toward the show which chronicles a fictional cable news channel.

However, you might not know that from this ad that ran in the Hollywood Reporter.

One quoted review reads "captivating -- riveting -- rousing."

But the next line in the actual review -- that read "condescending" and "smug" -- didn't make the ad.

Same for a Time reviewer who is quoted as saying "the pacing is electric."

He also told readers he was not a fan. That Time writer -- when alerted to his portrayal in the ad -- told Forbes -- quote -- "Ironic way to promote a journalism drama."

No Tweets Allowed

Finally, for an administration that prides itself on embracing new media, Politico notes Vice President Biden's conference call with reporters today was embargoed until the end of the call as in no real-time tweeting allowed.
That has been their policy and the White House says it is for context so reporters aren't trying to condense a 30-minute call into 140 characters.