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October 28, 2011 12:00 PM Friday’s campaign round-up

By Steve Benen

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* In the hopes that he’ll start embarrassing himself less often and make fewer mistakes, Herman Cain has decided to spend less time on the campaign trail.

* As this photo helps demonstrate, Elizabeth Warren’s (D) Senate campaign in Massachusetts will not lack volunteers.

* If my count is right, the Cain campaign has now taken five different positions on abortion rights over the last two weeks. The Republican presidential hopeful said on Wednesday that he supports “no exceptions,” but yesterday, his staff said he supports exceptions for rape, incest, and to save the life of the mother.

* In Arizona, a CNN poll this week found President Obama running ahead of the Republicans’ top tier, leading Mitt Romney by five points, Rick Perry by six, and Cain by seven.

* The same poll found Cain narrowly leading Romney in the state, 25% to 24%.

* In Nevada, one of the nation’s most closely watched U.S. Senate races continues to get more interesting. Public Policy Polling found this week that Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) and appointed Sen. Dean Heller (R) are now tied at 45% each.

* On a related note, PPP also found Obama and Romney tied in Nevada at 46% each.

* In Wisconsin, Public Policy Polling found Gov. Scott Walker (R) hanging on with the threat of a recall hanging overhead. A 49% plurality does not want to see the governor recalled before the end of his first term, while 48% supports a recall.

* Despite Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman’s focus on the New Hampshire primary, he’s only received $1,000 in donations from within the Granite State.

* And upcoming the “Lincoln-Douglas” debate between Cain and Newt Gingrich next week has turned into quite a fundraiser for the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, which is selling tickets priced between $200 and $1,000.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


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  • T2 on October 28, 2011 12:11 PM:

    interesting isn't it. Both Perry and Cain have determined that the more people find out about them, the less they like them.

  • stormskies on October 28, 2011 12:39 PM:

    49% in Wisconsin do not want Walker recalled ? After all that is has done ? What more proof does one need to understand just how stupid bordering on cretinism about half of our population truly is ?

  • mudwall jackson on October 28, 2011 1:36 PM:


    that's right. they're stupid. moronic. dull. thoughtless. masochistic. dim-witted. they just don't get it, do they? they just don't think like those of us who've seen the light. (or perhaps some of those folks aren't necessarily walker fans but see recall as an extreme remedy that should be reserved for instances of misfeasance or malfeasance in office as opposed to political or philosophical differences, that by doing so, you create an unstable environment where no office holder dares do anything outside the norm on either side of the political spectrum for fear of having to defend it prematurely before the electorate. which of course sucks up resources that should be used for governing (i know, a quaint notion for republicans) instead of campaigning. btw i don't necessarily agree with them but i can see where they might have a legitimate point.)

  • Anonymous on October 28, 2011 1:43 PM:

    Seriously, can anyone state who will take the affirmative on what?

    Steve King (R- IA/Paranoia) is moderating and "[t]he candidates will debate in three parts, each dedicated to a different entitlement program: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."

    "Resolved- The ____ Program should abolished and all past disbursements reclaimed and given to the Rich as tax refunds."

    "Opposed - The ____ Program should be abolished and the recipients marooned on desert islands."

    A modified LD indeed.

  • June on October 28, 2011 3:49 PM:

    Even after the taped phone call of Walker dancing to what he thought was a Koch-brothers tune, where he admitted to considering planting troublemakers among the protesters; even after Walker signed off on the illegally-passed bill that trashed union bargaining rights -- and even after Walker immediately added to the deficit of his state by slashing taxes/refusing to pay for it -- 49% want Walker to stay to keep sticking it to their state. Defies logic or even common sense.

  • tamiasmin on October 28, 2011 3:53 PM:

    Who would pay $200, let alone $1,000, to see Cain And Gingrich debate, when you can watch two dogs pissing in the street for free? Lincoln-Douglas? Shrinkin-Dumbass. And I don't know who's who.

  • melior on October 28, 2011 6:45 PM:

    So which one's gonna play Lincoln, and which one Douglas? It wouldn't be much of a debate if they both played Lincoln.

  • trog69 on October 28, 2011 9:57 PM:

    "It wouldn't be much of a debate if they both played Lincoln."

    Thread-winner, chicken dinner! hehehe

    As for Cain's "support" in Az., I can just about guarantee that it's only because of a fervent hatred of Romley, with a sprinkling of "Hey, Obama...here's our black president!" thrown in. Then, they'll be seen about 10 min. later crying in their beer, thinking on how screwed they are.