After 24 hours of bare-knuckle campaigning in the wake of the second presidential debate, the tone has softened today, with Springsteen jamming his way through his appeal and, earlier in the day, Ann Romney appearing on "The View."
Mrs. Romney addressed questions about her husband's stance on abortion rights, saying that while "he governed, while he ran, as a pro-choice," his position has changed over time and that he is now anti-abortion.
"I think we all have to understand that this is an issue that is so tender, and there are people on both sides of the issue that have, with very good conscience, with different opinions," she said.
Her son Josh was also on hand, and had a laugh at his brother Tagg's expense. The eldest Romney son, aged 42, joked Wednesday that wanted to "take a swing" at President Obama during the last debate
"That brother has slugged me a couple of times," Josh said. "I assure you, President Obama has nothing to worry about," adding that it can be upsetting seeing his father "get beat up."
Supporter, friends, and family can expect some more sharp words tonight, when both candidates speak at the annual Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York. The gathering, which honors the Catholic political pioneer and former Republican presidential hopeful, generally takes on the tone of a roast, though the jabs are usually more self-deprecating than aimed at political opponents.
"Contrary to the rumors you have heard, I was not born in a manger," then-candidate Obama said four years ago. "I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father Jor-El to save the planet Earth."