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It aims to counter a $3.6 million ad campaign launched last week by the American Energy Alliance that blames Mr. Obama for rising gas prices and criticizes his decision to delay the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The ad is running in the same states where the American Energy Alliance placed its ad: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. All eight are expected to be election battlegrounds.

GASOLINE

EPA closer to approving 15 percent ethanol gas

DES MOINES, Iowa — The federal government has taken another step toward wide distribution of gasoline mixed with 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers.

While the Environmental Protection Agency is moving the process forward by allowing the registration, E15 still has to clear another set of federal tests and become a registered fuel in individual states. Ethanol makers then must persuade petroleum marketers to sell the formula at gas stations.

Most ethanol fuel sold for passenger cars and pickups today is 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas. The new blend boosts ethanol to 15 percent. It would be used only in 2001 and newer vehicles.

Twenty ethanol makers that have registered to sell E15 are based in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin.

CAMPAIGN

Bill Clinton: Obama can argue he steadied economy

Former President Bill Clinton said he believes President Obama can win re-election if he can persuade voters that he steadied a shaky economy.

Mr. Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he believes likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have a difficult time reconciling positions he has taken during the primary season with what he will say against Mr. Obama in the fall.

Mr. Clinton was asked whether Mr. Obama can argue that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, as he argued in winning re-election in 1996.

He replied that if Mr. Obama can’t make that case, “it is only because of the financial collapse that occurred in September 2008” — before Mr. Obama took office.

Mr. Clinton said Mr. Obama can assert that “we put a floor under the recession and kept it from becoming a depression.”

WISCONSIN

Romney ducks question about Book of Mormon

GREEN BAY — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faced a tough question about his Mormon faith while campaigning for Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

A Ron Paul supporter asked Mr. Romney whether he agreed with a passage from the Book of Mormon that describes a cursing of people with a “skin of blackness.” Mr. Romney’s staff took the microphone away from the 28-year-old Green Bay man before he could read the passage.

Mr. Romney said he didn’t want to discuss religion.

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