POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 10/11
Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard (R) “is drawing heat for saying that his father had told him when he was young that ‘some girls rape easy’ as a way to warn him that a woman could agree to sex but then later claim that it wasn’t consensual,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Said Rivard: “He also told me one thing, ‘If you do, just remember, consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry.’ Because all of a sudden a young lady gets pregnant and the parents are madder than a wet hen and she’s not going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, I was part of the program.’ All that she has to say or the parents have to say is it was rape because she’s underage. And he just said, ‘Remember, Roger, if you go down that road, some girls,’ he said, ‘they rape so easy.'”
Here are the latest national polls, updated as needed:
Fox News: Romney 46%, Obama 45%
Gallup: Romney 48%, Obama 48%
IBD/TIPP: Romney 49%, Obama 44%
Rasmussen: Romney 48%, Obama 47%
Reuters/Ipsos: Romney 45%, Obama 44%
Major Garrett reports the first batch of Obama internal polls came back from key swing states today and “revealed that Obama was not in free fall, as some feared, but that his support has returned to where it was in July and August.”
“Internal Obama polling data show that all swing states have tightened up and that Romney is within the margin of error in states like Ohio and Virginia and Florida. It’s now a dogfight across the swing-state battlefield and any sense of pre-debate complacency that some Obama hands feared was creeping into both turnout and fundraising has vanished.”
Obama to ABC News: “What’s important is the fundamentals of what this race is about haven’t changed.”
Here are the latest polls from the battleground states:
Florida: Obama 49%, Romney 45% (University of North Florida)
Nevada: Obama 47%, Romney 46% (SurveyUSA)
Nevada: Obama 51%, Romney 47% (Public Policy Polling)
New Hampshire: Obama 48%, Romney 48% (Rasmussen)
Ohio: Obama 45%, Romney 44% (SurveyUSA)
Ohio: Obama 46%, Romney 42% (Newsmax/Zogby)
Pennsylvania: Obama 51%, Romney 46% (Rasmussen)
Wisconsin: Obama 51%, Romney 49% (Rasmussen)
Said Romney: “I think I’ve said time and again. I’m a pro-life candidate. I’ll be a pro-life president. The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood. It will not be part of my budget. And also I’ve indicated I’ll reverse the Mexico City position of the president. I will reinstate the Mexico City policy.”
The mother of a Navy SEAL killed in the attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya told WHDH-TVthat she thought Mitt Romney was using her son’s death for political advantage.
Said Barbara Doherty: “I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama.”
Bill Clinton tried to help President Obama recover from a poor debate performance last week by offering “a withering new critique of Mitt Romney,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
Said Clinton: “I had a different reaction to that first debate than a lot of people did. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s old moderate Mitt. Where ya been, boy?'”
He suggested a retort for Obama: “I could have used you in that healthcare debate when I was trying to enact a national version of the Massachusetts law, and you were all of a sudden condemning what you had been for. And I miss you.”
A new Pan Atlantic SMS poll in Maine shows Angus King (I) way ahead in the U.S. Senate race with 50%, followed by Charlie Summers (R) at 24% and Cynthia Dill (D) at 12% with another 14% still undecided in the race.
A new Esquire/Yahoo! News poll finds that Americans would trust President Obama more to look after their dog when they’re out of town than Mitt Romney, 52% to 27%.
“I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite.”
— President Obama, quoted by the Huffington Post, on why he didn’t do well in the first presidential debate.
The Heritage Foundation eviscerates the Obama administration in a brutal videohighlighting the inconsistencies in it’s timeline on what happened during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
A pretty amazing video.
“A pro-life, family-values congressman who worked as a doctor before winning election as a Tea Party-backed Republican had an affair with a patient and later pressured her to get an abortion,” according to a phone call transcript obtained by the Huffington Post.
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) “was trying to save his marriage at the time, according to his remarks on the call, made in September of 2000. And, according to three independent sources familiar with the call and the recording, he made the tape himself.”
First Read: “While vice-presidential debates typically don’t have much bearing on the presidential contest, tomorrow night’s Joe Biden-vs.-Paul Ryan showdown has put pressure on both sides. Team Obama NEEDS a strong performance from Biden to make up for last week and change the subject; another bad outing by a member of the ticket and the Democratic handwringing could turn into a full-fledged panic. Meanwhile, Team Romney needs a solid outing from Ryan to keep up the momentum.”
“As we wrote last week, consider tomorrow night Game 2 of a baseball playoff series. After ace Romney beat ace Obama in Game 1, Democrats are looking for their No. 2 starter, Biden, to even the score. And Republicans are looking to go 2-0. That’s what at stake Thursday, and that’s why there’s more pressure on Biden than on Ryan.”
The Week The most important vice presidential debate ever?
The big political story of the day may be Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
First Read: “How concerned is the Obama administration about today’s hearing, which starts at noon ET? Concerned enough that the State Department — after weeks of near-silence — yesterday gave a tick-tock of what happened in Libya, and that tick-tock doesn’t even remotely match what UN Ambassador Susan Rice said in the days after the attack (that it was sparked by that anti-Islam video and that it wasn’t premeditated). Of course, the Obama administration has since revised its story, and it’s better to be late than never. But there’s no doubt that today’s hearing is going to be – at the very least — a headache for the White House.”
Interestingly, the Washington Post reports Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not appear at the hearing. The State Department “will instead send a trusted career diplomat along with three security officials.”
Nate Silver: “The forecast model is not quite ready to jump on board with the notion that the race has become a literal toss-up; Mr. Romney will need to maintain his bounce for a few more days, or extend it into high-quality polls of swing states, before we can be surer about that.”
“But we are ready to conclude that one night in Denver undid most of the advantage Mr. Obama had appeared to gain in September.”
A Bloomberg analysis finds that Democrats hold the registration advantage over Republicans in four of six battleground states that will play a key role in the presidential election.
“Democrats have the edge over Republicans in Florida, Iowa, Nevada and North Carolina. In Colorado and New Hampshire, Republicans outnumber Democrats, according to the analysis of state data. Three other battlegrounds — Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin — don’t report registration statistics by party.”
Mitt Romney told the Des Moines Register that he has no plans to push for legislation limiting abortion, an abrupt switch for a candidate who has said he would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade.
Said Romney: “There’s no legislation with regards to abortion that I’m familiar with that would become part of my agenda.”
Spokeswoman Andrea Saul later walked back the comment telling the National Review that Romney “would of course support legislation aimed at providing greater protections for life.”
Mark Halperin: “If the Obama campaign has cracked the code on how to make Mitt Romney pay a political price for his late rush to the center on tone and emphasis, we haven’t seen them execute their full plan yet. That might be the central tactical question in the presidential contest right now.”
“That’s my party: Irrational overconfidence followed by irrational despair.”
Democratic consultant Jim Jordan, quoted by Politico, on the growing angst among Democrats as Mitt Romney surges in the polls.
BuzzFeed: “In the blur of well-heeled good looks and generic charisma that defines the public perception of the Romney brood, it’s easy for outside observers to differentiate among them, and to miss the increasingly active role being seized by the candidate’s eldest son. But over the past two months, Tagg has emerged not only as his father’s most motivated surrogate, but also as his most trusted ally and key political adviser.”
Politico looks at the unusual TV-buying strategy by the Romney campaign.
“Unlike other presidential campaigns, which typically outsource their ad reservations and placement to specialized firms with large teams that know how to make the most of the complicated FCC payment procedures, Romney does all his TV buying in-house through a lean operation headed by a single chief buyer.”
“The campaign rarely buys cable ad time, focusing overwhelmingly on broadcast television. Romney places his commercials on a week-to-week basis, rather than booking time well in advance, and typically pays more so that his ads don’t get preempted and to spare his campaign the hassle of haggling over time as prices rise.”
First Read: “If Obama ends up winning the presidential contest, it could very well come down to this: Team Obama has a tactical advantage over Team Romney, and that’s especially true when it comes to advertising strategy.”
(BUT ROMNEY IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SHREWD BUSINESSMAN!!!)
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