These aren’t good signs for Mitt Romney. He’s been deferring to Rubio when he's asked about immigration (how do you like Rubio’s VP chances now?) and the presumptive GOP nominee had been making some gains against Obama in those Hispanic-heavy swing states.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY:  President Obama has his last day at the Group of 20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. He returns to Washington Tuesday evening. Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaGeorge H.W. Bush in intensive care Michelle Obama congratulates duke and duchess of Cambridge on royal baby ‘Morning Joe’ host: Trump tweeting during Barbara Bush funeral ‘insulting’ to US MORE is campaigning in Nevada.

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Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan. He will hold a small-business roundtable followed by a rally at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. He will then drop by Sweetie-licious Bakery Café in DeWitt and hold a rally at Holland State Park in Holland, Mich.

Vice President Biden will speak at the 40th Annual International Convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Los Angeles. Later in the day Biden attends a campaign fundraiser in Sacramento, Calif.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “Just saw that the Obama campaign tapped Sen Kerry for debate rehearsals. Guess he'll play Romney. Merry Christmas, late night comedy writers.” — Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) 


QUOTE OF THE DAY: "When we take a vacation, it'll be with our children and grandchildren” — Ann Romney, when asked about the Obamas' vacations


AD WATCH:

Mitt Romney's campaign released a Web ad targeting President Obama’s recent appeals to voters for patience on the economy and for more time to manage the struggling recovery. 


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

Florida: Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Monday he was "dejected" by Mitt Romney's performance during an interview Friday in which he was asked repeatedly about President Obama's recently announced policy shift on illegal immigration. 


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

Maine: Former Maine Gov. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingRand's reversal advances Pompeo Pompeo headed for confirmation after surprise panel vote Donnelly becomes third Dem to support Pompeo MORE (I) holds a huge lead over his Democratic and Republican opponents in Maine's open-seat Senate race, according to a new poll from WBUR. King receives the backing of 50 percent of those polled, while Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers (R) gets 23 percent and state Rep. Cynthia Dill (D) gets 9 percent in the first poll conducted since the state's primary last week.

Massachusetts: Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said he would agree to a debate against challenger Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDems demand end to waivers used to pay people with disabilities below minimum wage A new progressive standard on campaign cash: It can't come from corporations Kamala Harris will no longer accept corporate PAC money MORE at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, but only if the former senator's widow agrees to stay neutral in the November election.

North Dakota: Former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOvernight Health Care: Trump's VA pick on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for nominee | Senate panel approves opioid bill | FDA cracking down on e-cig sales to kids Schumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Senate panel to vote next month on maternal mortality bill MORE (D) is out with a new ad that strongly defends her support of Democrats' healthcare reform legislation and attacks Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) for voting to repeal the law.

Virginia: The Democratic-aligned Majority PAC is on the air in Virginia, attacking former Sen. George Allen's (R-Va.) voting record in Congress and praising former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: VA nominee on the ropes | White House signals it will fight for pick | Trump talks Syria with Macron | McConnell tees up Pompeo vote House lawmakers renew push for war authorization We need more congressional oversight on matters of war MORE (D). 


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSchumer to oppose Pompeo as secretary of State Fox News poll: Blankenship trails Jenkins, Morrisey in West Virginia primary McConnell tees up Pompeo nomination after dramatic committee vote MORE, Rep. Nick RahallNick Joe RahallWe shouldn't allow politics to impede disaster relief Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Clinton mulls role in 2018 midterms MORE, and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, three prominent West Virginia Democrats, said Monday that they would skip the party's national convention in Charlotte this September over concerns that links to the party could hurt their reelection chances.

The Obama campaign has named Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryMellman: Memories may be beautiful, yet… Lieberman: Senate should fulfill constitutional duty, confirm Mike Pompeo Overnight Defense: Pompeo clears Senate panel, on track for confirmation | Retired officers oppose Haspel for CIA director | Iran, Syria on agenda for Macron visit MORE (D-Mass.) to play Republican Mitt Romney during three mock presidential debate rehearsals later this year, campaign officials confirm to The Hill.

Romney's bus tour rolled through Wisconsin on Monday, drawing a star-studded list of top Republican politicians to the latest stop on his swing through six battleground states.

Romney held a campaign event Monday afternoon on the "Spirit of Dubuque," a Mississippi River boat that provides tours of the Iowa border town. He used the occasion to sprinkle his standard stump speech with maritime metaphors, frequently referring to "anchors" in his life.

The super-PAC supporting Romney is making a $7 million ad buy across eight battleground states, and will look to bring even more money in with a high-profile New York City fundraiser featuring Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLobbying world Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report Winners and losers from Jim Bridenstine’s confirmation as NASA administrator MORE (R-Fla.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteThe Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years MORE (R-N.H.).

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty blasted President Obama's changes to deportation policy as an "eleventh hour" action that "looks political."

Popular Hispanic talk show host and media personality Cristina Saralegui made her first-ever presidential endorsement in favor of Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama revealed the Obamas are strict about technology use by daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 11. The first lady revealed on ABC's "Live! with Kelly" that she will not allow either girl to use Facebook until they are 17, which will be long after they have moved out of the White House.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin rallied conservative media activists for “victory in 2012” as the keynote speaker at the RightOnline conference in Las Vegas on Friday, but never mentioned Romney. 

Eleven Republican senators are pressing the IRS to keep secret the donor lists for nonprofit groups, including ones affiliated with the Tea Party.


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