Akin Stays in Missouri Senate Race

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “There was some national media on hand at Todd Akin’s news conference Tuesday, apparently there in the belief that he might announce a last-second withdrawal from the U.S. Senate race on today’s withdrawal deadline.”

“But anyone who’s watched Akin in the six weeks since his ‘legitimate rape‘ comments made him a household name knew that wasn’t going to happen.”

The Richest Politicians

SaavySugar pulls out the wealthiest politicians from the Forbes 400 list.

Bonus Quote of the Day

“He attacks the 47 percent of the American people who he says pay no federal taxes.  And he attacks, he, Romney? Attacking someone on taxes? I mean, Woah! That’s like me attacking someone for being passionate in politics.”

— Vice President Joe Biden, quoted by ABC News, commenting on Mitt Romney’s remarks which were caught on hidden camera video.

Race Stabilizes in Obama’s Favor

Charlie Cook: “Leading Democratic and Republican pollsters and strategists privately say that the Obama lead is around 4 or 5 points and is neither widening nor narrowing. The convention bounces have dissipated, but Romney’s negatives remain quite high and are not diminishing. In the Gallup three-week super-samples–almost 10,000 interviews–the percentage of Democrats saying that they will definitely vote has moved up to the point that it is now virtually tied with Republicans.”

Obama Releases New Ad on Romney’s 47% Remarks

The Obama campaign launched a second TV ad slamming Mitt Romney over his “47%” hidden camera video remarks, NBC News reports.

The ad will run in eight states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia. The first TV ad seizing using the hidden camera video — released yesterday — was aimed to just Ohio.

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Dick Morris Says Romney Will Win Handily

Dick Morris told Sean Hannity that, “barring any debate debacle,” Mitt Romney will win the presidential election by “4 or 5 points” and will win Florida, Ohio, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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Geithner Says He Won’t Write a Book

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said he didn’t plan to write a book about his “first-hand experience of the financial crisis, the aftermath, and the politics of Washington” but joked that, “A lot of people are telling my story,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“The comment came the same day former FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair’s memoir, Bull by the Horns, was released. Ms. Bair and Mr. Geithner spent years at war with each other over what to do during the financial crisis, and her book reveals many of their battles in detail.”

Romney Campaign Challenges the Polls

Mitt Romney political director Rich Beeson told BuzzFeed the campaign’s internal polls are telling a different story than the public polls.

Said Beeson: “The public polls are what the public polls are. I kind of hope the Obama campaign is basing their campaign decisions on the public polls… I have great faith in our data.”

He added, “We are, by any stretch, inside the margin of error in Ohio.”

Police Say Nothing Stolen from Grimm’s Office

Police investigating the weekend break-in at Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R-NY) campaign office tell the New York Times that “experts had examined the campaign’s computer systems and concluded that nothing had been erased or tampered with” and that “there was no evidence that an intruder had been in the office.”

“At this point, there is no indication that it was anything other than an act of vandalism.”

However, Grimm told the Staten Island Advance that the incident was nothing less than an “attack on free elections.”

Update: The AP reports police now say a teenager has admitted to the vandalism.

Romney Caught in a Trap

Greg Sargent: “Mitt Romney might still win this election, but he’s now stuck in a trap that will be difficult to escape. Americans are rejecting his argument that they should view their choice mostly as a referendum on Obama’s economic performance, because they blame the sluggish recovery on the magnitude of the mess Obama inherited from George W. Bush, and believe things will get better in Obama’s second term. That is putting pressure on Romney to be more specific about why his alternative, such as it is, would spark a faster recovery than is occurring under Obama.”

“But Romney can’t be too much more specific about that alternative, because it risks reminding voters of the degree to which his policies resemble those of the aforementioned George W. Bush, under whom the meltdown happened in the first place.”‘

Brown Staffers Caught on Video Chanting Indian War Whoops

Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-MA) staffers chanted Indian “war whoops” and made “tomahawk chops” during a campaign rally for the senator this week, WCVB-TV reports.

video shows Brown staffers holding campaign signs “chanting and making tomahawk chops, presumably in reference to Elizabeth Warren’s claims of Cherokee heritage.”

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Latest Swing State Polls

Here are the latest polls from the battleground states, updated as needed through the day:

Florida: Obama 51%, Romney 47% (Washington Post)

Nevada: Obama 52%, Romney 43% (PPP/LCV)

Nevada: Obama 46%, Romney 46% (Bolger)

Ohio: Obama 52%, Romney 44% (Washington Post)

Ohio: Obama 45%, Romney 44% (Gravis)

Pennsylvania: Obama 48%, Romney 40% (Mercyhurst University

Romney Waits for His Clinton Bounce

Mitt Romney got a warm introduction from Bill Clinton before of his speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, Politico reports.

Romney thanked Clinton: “If there’s one thing we’ve learned in this election by the way it’s that a few words from Bill Clinton can do a lot of good.”

He joked that he would now wait a few days for his “bounce.”

Why Republicans Say Polls are Wrong

National Journal: “It has become a recurring refrain among some Republican pundits and observers each time a new poll shows President Obama or downballot Democrats doing well: Check the party composition.”

“Critics allege that pollsters are interviewing too many Democrats — and too few Republicans or independents — and artificially inflating the Democratic candidates’ performance. Pollsters counter that the results they are finding reflect slight changes in public sentiment — and, moreover, adjusting their polls to match arbitrary party-identification targets would be unscientific.”

Elephant in the Room

Just published: Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years by Paul Glastris and Steve Benen.

The book explores why, despite efforts to airbrush him out of today’s political conversation, George W. Bush remains central to it.

Time for Romney to Write Off Ohio?

First Read: “We noted yesterday the importance of Ohio in this presidential election and to Romney. But it’s hard to overstate it – this may be the make-or-break week for the campaign in the state. If this week’s bus tour doesn’t move the needle, as the Romney campaign might say, they very well could decide to all but write off the Buckeye State. They won’t say it explicitly; they’ll go through the motions, but they may have no choice than to try and shore up or make in roads in places like Wisconsin, Colorado Florida, and Virginia.”

Alex Burns: “Ohio isn’t the only reason why national Republicans are so pessimistic about Romney’s campaign right now, but it is one of the big reasons, and it’s why the Romney campaign’s continued references to national tracking polls are wide of the mark. Even if Romney managed to move the national campaign 2 to 3 points in his direction, it would probably leave him short of a win unless he improved his position in Ohio by a bigger margin.”

Little Time for Diplomacy

New York Times: “Mr. Obama was scheduled to attend a reception for world leaders at the United Nations on Monday night. But a campaign adviser acknowledged privately that in this election year, campaigning trumped meetings with world leaders. ‘Look, if he met with one leader, he would have to meet with 10,’ the aide said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.”

No Audacity

President Obama “is running as the kind of careful, poll-watching politician he disdained the first time he ran for president,” Politico reports.

“Obama 2012 has become the silver-templed soul of caution, embracing Napoleon’s dictum of ‘never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake’… In doing so, Obama’s campaign team is seeking to take advantage of Romney’s own well-chronicled reluctance, at least so far, to release a slate of policy proposals comparable to the detailed blueprints put forth by Obama and other candidates four years ago.”

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