BALLOT BOX OVERNIGHT: All about the economy

And don’t forget Rep. Larry BucshonLarry BucshonOvernight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Medicare battle brewing on Capitol Hill For suburban women, addiction is a key election issue MORE (R-Ind.) also faces a tough primary challenge from Tea Party favorite Kristi Risk (R) on Tuesday, plus there are presidential contests in Indiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.

Meanwhile, the White House is walking back Vice President Biden’s comments from his Sunday “Meet the Press” appearance. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod, on a phone call with reporters Monday, tried to turn the issue into a comparison of Obama and Romney’s views, but ducked questions on whether Obama supports gay marriage.

"I have no update on the president's personal views,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said at Monday’s press briefing, which was dominated by questions on the issue. "What the vice president said yesterday was to make the same point that the president has made previously, that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans and that we oppose any effort to roll back those rights."

In case you missed it, here’s the video of Biden’s appearance on “Meet the Press.” 

TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: Obama heads to State University of New York in Albany, N.Y., to talk about his plans for the economy. On Tuesday evening, he’ll give the keynote address at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies's annual gala.

Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at the Rabbinical Assembly’s annual convention in Atlanta at 10:45 a.m., and then head to Charleston, S.C., for a fundraiser.

And Mitt Romney will be campaigning in the swing state of Michigan.


Crowd gone wild: Romney's campaign stop outside of Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday threatened to veer off message on a number occasions with supporters accusing Obama of treason and criticizing the president for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. [link]

The Obama campaign team, in response, called on Romney to “stand up to the extreme voices in his party.” [link]

Tough talk: Charles Barkley tells Romney: “We’re gonna beat you like a drum in November.” [link]

Endorsement watch: Jeb Bush endorsed Tommy Thompson (R) in Wisconsin’s GOP Senate primary. Bush is the latest in a long line of former GOP governors to endorse Thompson. [link]

Not an endorsement watch: White House spokesman Jay Carney said he wasn’t sure President Obama will support Rep. Charlie Rangel’s (D-N.Y.) reelection bid. Rangel is facing a tough primary challenge. [link]

Veep, Veep: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie (R) has a vetting advantage. [link] And Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) is very popular in his home state. [link]

2016 talk: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is writing a book so, naturally, that led to speculation he could run for president in 2016. [link]

No voters, no candidate: A town-hall meeting on gun rights hosted by Nebraska state Treasurer Don Stenberg, a GOP candidate for Senate, was scrapped when nobody showed up. [link]

Giffords’s special: Democrat Ron BarberRon BarberTen House seats Dems hope Trump will tilt House conducts moment of silence for Tucson shooting anniversary Dem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel MORE, the aide to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) running in the special election to replace her, touted the support of a seniors group. [link]

Susan for Sarah: The Susan B. Anthony List, a major anti-abortion-rights group, backed former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) over her two Republican opponents in the race to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillDem senators: Slash executive pay at pension plans seeking benefit cuts Bill would target retaliation against military sexual assault victims Senate Dem takes on drugmaker: ‘It’s time to slaughter some hogs’ MORE (D-Mo.). [link]


The Obama campaign is spending $25 million on an ad buy this month that will target nine swing states, including Ohio and Florida.

In its response to the ad, Romney’s campaign criticized Obama’s economic record.

Sen. Jon TesterJon TesterElizabeth Warren stumps, raises funds for Duckworth Senators subpoena EPA officials over mine waste spill The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Mont.) is up with a new ad arguing he's lived up to his 2006 campaign promise to commit to open government.

The AFL-CIO’s super-PAC began running its first round of ads to target Romney. 

TWEET OF THE DAY:  “I really understand how catastrophic diet, obesity and Type II diabetes are to our system and our people, but lordy, I do love the Doritos.” — Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) 

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I don't think I've ever been asked publicly.” — Education Secretary Arne DuncanArne DuncanThe opt-out movement and the coddling epidemic Senate approves Obama education chief This week: Flint aid, immigration top agenda MORE, asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday morning about his views on same-sex marriage.

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