Obama and Romney Line Up Lawyers for Close Race

Just in Case, Robert Bauer and Benjamin Ginsberg Are Ready

Ready To Roll Ex-White House counsel Robert Bauer is ready to lead Democratic legal efforts around the presidential election. Benjamin Ginsberg will do the same for the GOP.
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Ready To Roll Ex-White House counsel Robert Bauer is ready to lead Democratic legal efforts around the presidential election. Benjamin Ginsberg will do the same for the GOP.

By Reuters

Published October 27, 2012.
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Bauer was an adviser to House and Senate Democrats during the impeachment trial of Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998. He has been an adviser in Obama’s 2008 campaign and was a White House counsel for Obama in 2010 and 2011.

His wife, Anita Dunn, is a former communications director for Obama’s White House and is now a senior campaign adviser.

READY FOR RECOUNT

Bauer has led the Obama campaign’s efforts to turn back new voting restrictions passed by Republican-led legislatures.

In July, the campaign sued the state of Ohio for ending early voting the weekend before the Nov. 6 election.

Democrats said the law could have excluded many working-class voters who take advantage of early voting periods because they can’t make it to the polls on Election Day.

Such voters tend to vote for Democrats, who have accused Republicans of trying to suppress the vote through new election laws in more than 20 states.

Ohio’s Supreme Court recently struck down the law.

In a memo co-authored with deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter last week, Bauer said new voting laws - including those that require voters to show photo identification - will have a minimal impact on the Nov. 6 election.

The memo concluded that Obama’s campaign and its allies have successfully used the courts and public opinion to reverse Republican attempts to restrict access to voting. The memo’s implied message: The legal battle in this election is underway, and we are winning.

A Romney campaign official, who declined to discuss specifics of the Republican’s legal strategy, said the campaign is prepared, too: “We have all the resources and infrastructure we need for any potential dispute or recount.”


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