POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 11/7
“If you all just listen for 30 seconds, I will explain this one time. We are getting back on message. End of story. Back on message.”
— Herman Cain, quoted by Time, saying he’s he is done answering questions about sexual harassment allegations.
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) was honored for “unwavering support of the family” by the Family Research Council Action Committee even though his ex-wife says he owes more than $100,000 in back child support for their three children, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
Walsh counters that he and his wife had a “verbal agreement” that he didn’t have to pay child support during years when he wasn’t earning as much.
A new Reuters/Ipsos online poll finds sexual harassment allegations have begun to damage Herman Cain’s bid for the White House. The poll showed the percentage of Republicans who view Cain favorably dropped 9 percentage points, to 57% from 66% a week ago.
Key finding: 53% believe sexual harassment allegations against Cain are true despite his denials. Republicans were less likely to believe they are true, with 39% thinking they are accurate.
David Brody: “Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich were on stage together in what was billed as a classic Lincoln-Douglas style debate. As I sat and watched the entire event, I came away with one vivid impression: Did I just finish watching the Republican presidential ticket in 2012? Cain/Gingrich? Don’t laugh. It could happen. Romney has a ceiling of support and Rick Perry seems stuck in neutral.”
“Herman Cain’s poll numbers continue to impress and like Ronald Reagan, he seems to have a Teflon quality to him. Gingrich is steadily rising in the polls due to the fact that voters are starting to realize that this guy is REALLY smart and is an idea factory. Could this be a ticket that provides both style and substance?”
A St. Petersburg Times poll of 100 of Florida’s most plugged-in politicos finds Democrats are more optimistic than Republicans about winning the White House next year. Nine percent of Democrats surveyed said they expect Obama to lose the election — and only if Mitt Romney is the GOP nominee — while nearly 29% of the Republicans predict Obama will win.
As the supercommittee charged with reducing the deficit works on a plan that both cuts at least $1.2 trillion over ten years and can pass Congress, recent shifts by Republican leadership may signal the return of the “grand bargain” that President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had originally tried to negotiate.
Earlier reports indicate that Boehner has softened his line on tax increases in the final deal, while The Hill reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has made an about-face in recent days and now favors a huge deficit-reduction deal.”
“At the beginning of this week, Senate GOP and Democratic sources said McConnell appeared to favor a $1.2 trillion package out of the deficit-reduction supercommittee… A $4 trillion deal has gained more popularity in the Senate GOP conference this week as lawmakers have become convinced that Obama wants the deficit-reduction supercommittee to fail.”