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Ryan will also hold a roundtable with local small-business owners as well as students and graduates of the University of South Florida Center for Entrepreneurship in Tampa, Fla., at 1:10 p.m.

Vice President Biden will also be campaigning in Florida.

Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaFormer presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Melania Trump takes White House staffers who knew Barbara Bush to funeral George HW Bush wears 'book socks' to Barbara Bush's funeral to honor her passion for literacy MORE will be campaigning in Wisconsin with an event in Racine, at 1:00 p.m. and an event in Wausau at 4:15 p.m.

Jill Biden will be campaigning in Iowa.

Former President Bill Clinton will campaign for Obama in Green Bay, Wis.

Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRomney forced into GOP primary for Utah Senate nomination Trump considering pardon for boxing legend after call from Sylvester Stallone GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan MORE (R-N.H.) will be campaigning for Romney in New Hampshire. Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) will be campaigning for Romney in Virginia.


TWEET OF THE DAY: “Honestly, kinda nervous about tonight's debate. But I guess that's natural.” — Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-Mo.)


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Our president, he didn't point fingers," Michelle Obama said at a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday night. "He didn't place blame. Instead, he got to work.”


POLL POSITION:

President Obama has opened a 3-point lead in the crucial swing state of Florida, further evidence that the president may have halted or even reversed some of the momentum swinging in Mitt Romney's favor after his consensus win in the first presidential debate. The survey, by Newsmax and Zogby, gave the president a 47-44 percent lead in the Sunshine State.


AD WATCH:

The Obama campaign is out with a new ad highlighting Mitt Romney's 2007 comment that he would be "delighted" as president to sign a bill banning all abortions if it was supported by most of the country.

Conservative super-PAC American Crossroads in a new Web video accused President Obama of misleading the public during Tuesday night's presidential debate over the cause of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Republican National Committee released a new Web video that accuses Obama of giving up hope for the economy, and encourages voters to trust Romney's plan for job growth.

Michelle Obama reached out to female voters by touting her husband's commitment to equal pay and access to healthcare in a campaign Web video


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

The YG Action Fund, a super-PAC run by former staffers of House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies MORE (R-Va.), is up with ads attacking Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), and touting Republican Jason Plummer in his bid to win a southern Illinois seat held by retiring Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.). Plummer and McIntyre are in toss-up races, while Kissell has been left for dead by national Democratic groups.

CALIFORNIA: A Public Policy Polling survey mentioned in Wednesday’s edition reversed the numbers. The poll, commissioned by Democratic group Democracy for America puts Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R) neck and neck with Democrat Raul Ruiz. But Ruiz leads by 1 point, with 47 percent to her 46.

FLORIDA: House Majority PAC, a Democratic political action committee, is extending its attacks on Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for his refusal to support embryonic stem cell research with a new ad that features a child with cerebral palsy.

ILLINOIS: Physician David Gill (D) leads former Republican House staffer Rodney Davis in their race by 41 to 39 percent, according to a new poll from the pro-Democrat House Majority PAC. The two are running for a newly redrawn seat left open by Rep. Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit MORE's (R-Ill.) retirement.

IOWA: Former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack (D) features President Clinton endorsing her in her latest ad against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Clinton has become a favorite for Democrats in conservative areas the last few years, and the district leans Republican and towards King. He's also made a point to back those who supported his wife, and she and her husband, now-Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas James VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE (D), were Clinton backers during the Iowa primary.

MINNESOTA: Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) called his Republican opponent a "lowlife scumbag" and a "gutter dweller" during a radio debate that devolved into an invective-filled fight over each of their divorces.

NEW YORK: Democrat Mark Murphy released a new ad, funded jointly by his campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, featuring a number of women discussing Rep. Michael Grimm's (R) record on women's issues and the investigations surrounding his campaign finances. "All these scandals at home?" one woman asks, and another says Grimm is "voting against us in Washington," before the ad closes with a third woman asserting "We know enough about Michael Grimm."

RHODE ISLAND
: The DCCC released a new ad featuring an Iraq war veteran questioning Rep. Jim Renacci's (R-Ohio) commitment to veterans, noting he voted against increasing combat pay bonuses and for tax breaks for the wealthy, but that he also had complications with his own taxes — Renacci had to pay more than $1 million in back-taxes after failing to report some of his income. The veteran calls his record "an atrocity."


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

ARIZONA: The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a new ad that targets Democratic candidate Richard Carmona on his support for earmarks.

CONNECTICUT: Rep. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators want info on 'stingray' surveillance in DC | Bills to secure energy infrastructure advance | GOP lawmaker offers cyber deterrence bill Overnight Health Care: GOP pushes stiff work requirements for food stamps | Johnny Isakson opens up about family's tragic loss to opioids | Republicans refuse to back vulnerable Dem's opioids bill | Dems offer new public option plan Dems give muted praise to Pompeo-Kim meeting MORE (D) has a 6-point lead on Republican Linda McMahon in a poll from the Hartford Courant, with 44 percent support to McMahon's 38. Seventeen percent of voters are still undecided. A leaked tax document showing McMahon’s wrestling entertainment company paid a $4.4 million tax settlement to the state of Connecticut has become an issue in race. The settlement was paid in April of this year but has come to light only now. McMahon released a new ad targeting Murphy for failing to release a jobs plan and instead voting to raise taxes and for budget cuts that could cost the state thousands of jobs.

HAWAII: Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) is within 4 points of Rep. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoFormer Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii dies at 93 Dems to top DOJ officials: Publicly promise not to interfere in Mueller's probe Zinke defends use of Japanese word: How could saying good morning 'be bad'? MORE (D-Hawaii), according to an internal poll from her campaign, 47 to 43 percent.

MAINE: A pair of environmental groups combined to enter the Maine Senate race with a TV ad that supports former Gov. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE (I) over Republican opponent Charlie Summers. The six-figure ad buy by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters touts King’s support of clean energy and record against air and water pollution.

MASSACHUSETTS: Sen. Scott Brown's (R) campaign released a new ad charging that "Warren sided with yet another big corporation against working people," citing her work for LTV Steel and on an asbestos lawsuit. The ad comes as Brown finds himself in a tough spot for charging that people defending Warren's work in the asbestos lawsuit in another ad were actors — three people in the ads were relatives of victims of asbestos-related illnesses, and they came out to decry Brown's comments. He later apologized.

MISSOURI: A Democratic super-PAC is sending a talking mailer to homes in Missouri that plays Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) controversial comments. American Bridge 21st Century, typically known for its opposition research, is putting $35,000 behind the mailer. The front of it reads, "Todd Akin would like a few words with you," and upon opening the card, Akin's "legitimate rape" comments — in which he said that if it's a "legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" — plays.

NEVADA: Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerSenate GOP wary of new tax cut sequel GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems Family, friends mourn death of Barbara Bush MORE (R-Nev.) holds a comfortable lead over Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), according to two new polls of the state. Heller leads Berkley by 46 to 40 percent in a new poll conducted by SurveyUSA for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and by 50 to 43 percent in a new poll from the conservative Rasmussen Reports.

VIRGINIA: In a League of Conservation Voters poll, former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineHannity snaps back at 'Crybaby' Todd: 'Only conservatives have to disclose relationships?' Chuck Todd lashes out at Fox, defends wife in radio interview Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE (D) leads former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) by five points in their Senate race. The group backs more Democrats. And Allen debuted an ad on Thursday him criticizing Kaine on defense cuts, energy and taxes.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination The Memo: Teens rankle the right with gun activism MORE (D-Nev.) compared Mitt Romney to a used car salesmen. "Now, Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Biden to decide on White House run at end of year Stormy Daniels’s 'View' is incorrect MORE stands for everything that's fair and honest —he's a man of integrity. The man that's leading the Republican ticket for president of the United States is giving used car salesman a bad name," Reid said in his remarks introducing Vice President Biden at a campaign stop in Las Vegas.

The Obama campaign trotted out two of its biggest stars, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWith Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved Meet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska MORE and legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen, at a rally in the hotly contested battleground state of Ohio. Clinton joked about being the “warm-up act” for Springsteen at the event in Parma, just outside of Cleveland. “I was born in the U.S.A. and unlike one of the candidates, I keep all my money here,” Clinton quipped, referencing a Springsteen album and the Obama campaign’s attacks against Mitt Romney’s foreign bank accounts.

Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLieu rips Ryan after Waffle House shooting: ‘When will you stop silencing us?’ To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy House Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots MORE accused President Obama of failing to outline his vision for a second term during a town-hall meeting. Echoing the top of the GOP ticket, Ryan told a crowd in Ocala, Fla., that Obama is “not telling you what his second-term plan would be.” “He's not saying that he is offering anything new,” the Wisconsin lawmaker said. “All he is offering is four more years of the same.”

Ann Romney, in her first appearance on ABC's "The View,” sought to make amends with the five female hosts her husband has described as "sharp tongued" interviewers. But she also made news — telling the program's hosts Romney will "absolutely" be done with politics if he loses to Obama on Nov. 6, she said. “He will not run again, nor will I do anything like that again.”

Romney's campaign is hitting back at a new Tax Policy Center (TPC) critique of the GOP presidential nominee's latest tax reform proposal, arguing that the report failed to present a full analysis.

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE hopes to be “cheering” for the country’s first female president, but said it absolutely will not be her. She reconfirmed that she has no desire to remain in politics following her retirement this January in an interview with Marie Claire magazine. “I hope to be around when we finally elect a woman president,” she said. “That would be a great experience for me, to be up there cheering."

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s most powerful business lobby, and labor groups like the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) took steps to mobilize their membership and get out the vote for their preferred candidates.


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