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Erick Erickson defends CNN’s Peter Hamby, tweets link to Obama donation page!/EWErickson/status/247724376223539200

Obama campaign admits WI is in play, but buries the story on their donation page. Gotta go here to see it 1st hand.

— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 17, 2012

Today, CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended his colleague Peter Hamby, who tweeted a link to a Barack Obama donation page last week.  Erickson tweeted a link to the same Obama donation page that Hamby tweeted, claiming that the page shows “Obama admits suddenly WI is in play.”

But Twitter users didn’t see anything of the sort. It’s just a boilerplate Obama-Biden donation page inviting supporters to attend a reception with Obama in Milwaukee: “Please join President Barack Obama for a reception with supporters like you in Milwaukee.”

Nowhere on the page does Obama state that Wisconsin is “in play.”

@EWErickson there is no story just donation information

— JPC (@JPC_76) September 17, 2012

@EWErickson @PeterHambyCNN Look again. The tweet contains an ivitation for "supporters" and has ticket prices. It's still posted.

— Ronnie Brewer (@ronb1968) September 17, 2012

@EWErickson There is NO excuse for Peter Hamby when the link itself read "Donate Obama" not buying it. He should be fired for being incomp.

— KAREN D (@Kazport) September 17, 2012

@EWErickson I really don't understand why you posted this. Or why you came to CNN Hamby's defense. Obama donation site is NOT news.

— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) September 17, 2012

@EWErickson @PeterHambyCNN link is to registration for Obama fundraiser, not "news" WI is in play

— Becky Thomas (@BeckyThom10) September 17, 2012

Earlier today, Erickson authored a blog post claiming that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is losing the presidential election and if the election were held today Obama would prevail. By contrast, a nationwide Rasmussen poll released this morning shows Romney 2 points ahead of Obama.

Update: Erickson clarifies his argument:

We’ll leave it up to readers to decide about Erickson’s claim the the Milwaukee fundraiser amounts to a newsworthy, tacit admission by Obama that “Wisconsin is in play.” Obama has had fund-raising receptions in many states, such as Washington, Oregon, California, and Maryland, that are not considered battleground states.

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