POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 10/5

Tomblin Wins in West Virginia

Earl Ray Tomblin (D) won the special election race for West Virginia governor, theCharleston Gazette reports.

Tomblin has been acting as governor since last year, when Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate last year.

Cain and Romney Tied Nationally

A new CBS News poll finds Herman Cain has moved into a dead heat with Mitt Romney atop the pack of Republican presidential candidates with 17% each, while Rick Perry has fallen to just 12%.

Two weeks ago, Perry led the GOP field.

Key finding: Just 19% of Republican voters have made up their mind on a candidate to support.

Here Comes Palin?

Politico reports that phone calls were made “on behalf of a mystery candidate to various early states to determine presidential filing deadlines.”

The calls were made by representatives of the law firm Baker Hostetler — a firm that employs the lawyer who represents Sarah PAC, Sarah Palin’s political action committee.

Rumsfeld Spars with Al Jazeera

Donald Rumsfeld had an very contentious interview with Al Jazeera, leading the former Defense Secretary to throw up his hands and declare, “This is worthless.”

 

Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American

This looks hilarious: The Tea Party Guide to Being a Real American by Roland Boyle.

Why Doesn’t Perry Give Interviews?

Sasha Issenberg, author of Rick Perry and His Eggheads, tells Ben Smith the reason that Rick Perry doesn’t give many interviews might be due to chief strategist Dave Carney’s campaign experiments in Texas.

Said Issenberg: “The 2006 experiments led Carney to be very skeptical of the value of traditional media coverage, which was most evident when — during his 2010 reelection — the candidate didn’t visit any editorial boards and in the general election blew off all requests to debate Bill White.”

“Through the experiments they came to value above all Perry’s ability to move voters, volunteers, and money when he traveled, and networking supporters online to cultivate their social circles. That media skepticism is reflected in the way he has spent his two months as a candidate.”

 

Christie Would Have Jumped to Front of Pack

A just-released Quinnipiac poll finds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) would have run neck and neck with Mitt Romney atop the Republican presidential field with both men getting 17% support.

They were followed by Herman Cain at 12%, Rick Perry at 10% and no other candidate above 7%.

 

Obama Blasts Cantor for Not Allowing Vote

President Obama will target House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) “in an all-out assault on the GOP,” according to The Hill.

According to prepared remarks, Obama seizes on Cantor’s statement that the president’s jobs bill will not get a vote in the House.

Says Obama: “Yesterday, the Republican Majority Leader in Congress, Eric Cantor, said that right now, he won’t even let the jobs bill have a vote in the House of Representatives. He won’t even give it a vote. Well I’d like Mr. Cantor to come down here to Dallas and explain what in this jobs bill he doesn’t believe in. Does he not believe in rebuilding America’s roads and bridges? Does he not believe in tax breaks for small businesses, or efforts to help veterans?”

Perry Haul Over $15 Million

Politico quotes sources saying Rick Perry will raise over $15 million for the third quarter, surpassing early estimates from Mitt Romney’s campaign.

After Christie

With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially not running for president (again), the Republican race is essentially between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, with a half dozen other candidates that could add some drama at least in the short term.

Ben Smith: “Christie’s departure means Republicans have to go to war with the field they have. There are two ways of looking at that field: As a clear, ideological choice between an uncompromising conservative and a technocratic moderate; or as a default to Romney, with Perry unable to quite stand on the stage beside him.”

Howard Kurtz: “The immediate beneficiary of Christie’s move is clearly Mitt Romney, who has climbed back to the top of the polls while Rick Perry has dropped — to the point that Herman Cain now ties the Texas governor for second place in a new Washington Post/ABC poll.”

Mark Halperin: “With Christie out of the race, watch to see if he continues to keep his New Jersey donors locked up until he endorses someone for ’12. He has frozen millions in campaign dollars by insisting his money people are off limits. Romney has the most ties in the state, now, and wants Christie’s folks badly.”

 

Cain Surges Into Second Place Nationally

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that among announced Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney leads the field with 25% support, followed by Rick Perry and Herman Cain both at 16%.

From last month’s poll, Romney is unchanged, Cain is up 12 points and Perry is down 13 points. Among those following the election very closely, Cain is up 30 points and Perry down 36 points.

 

Staff Leaves Bachmann Campaign

Rep. Michele Bachmann “is losing her pollster and senior adviser in a staff exodus that raises questions about the viability of her White House bid and her campaign finances,” theAP reports.

“The moves signal an effort to preserve money three months ahead of the first Republican nominating contests.”

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