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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 ObamaNASA says Aretha Franklin’s asteroid will keep orbiting after singer’s death Biden: Aretha Franklin was 'part of the soul of the civil rights movement' Obamas: 'Aretha helped define the American experience' 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 McCainThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Rand Paul’s Russia visit displays advancement of peace through diplomacy MORE (R-Ariz.) and Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteNew Hampshire governor signs controversial voting bill Former Arizona senator to shepherd Supreme Court nominee through confirmation process Shut the back door to America's opioid epidemic 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 McCaskillThe Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) Schumer to meet with Kavanaugh on Tuesday GOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work 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 CantorHillicon Valley: GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on bias claims | Sinclair beefs up lobbying during merger fight | Facebook users experience brief outage | South Korea eyes new taxes on tech Sinclair hired GOP lobbyists after FCC cracked down on proposed Tribune merger California wildfires prompt deficit debate in Congress 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 MurphyDem senator: We will be in a 'banana republic' if Trump pardons Manafort 'and gets away with it' Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Former Teacher of the Year wins Connecticut primary 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 HironoThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts They knew it would cause lasting harm, and still took children from parents Dem strategist: It's 'far-left thinking' to call for Nielsen's resignation 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 KingOvernight Energy: Judge revives clean water rule | Keystone XL pipeline to get new environmental review | Nominee won't say if he backs funding agency Trump nominee won't say if he supports funding agency he was selected to run Trump draws bipartisan fire over Brennan 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 HellerThe farm bill gives Congress a chance to act on the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest 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 KaineSenators demand answers on reported lead poisoning at Army bases GOP Senate candidate photoshops Tim Kaine shaking hands with Stalin Senate GOP candidate Corey Stewart called kneeling football players ‘thugs’ 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’s midterm strategy takes shape Battle of the billionaires drives Nevada contest Senate Democrats should stop playing politics on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Nev.) compared Mitt Romney to a used car salesmen. "Now, Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBernie Sanders socialism moves to Democratic mainstream Biden: Aretha Franklin was 'part of the soul of the civil rights movement' Biden to Trump: If you think revoking Brennan's clearance will silence him, 'you just don't know the man' 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 ClintonPioneer of modern redistricting dies at 75 To reduce urban violence, let's consider the real causes — not guns, police or 'low' taxes Political analyst: Trump's attorneys 'should be disbarred' if they allow him to talk to Mueller 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 RyanNew Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders House Dem: Party's aging leaders is 'a problem' Rand Paul to ask Trump to lift sanctions on Russian leaders 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 Clinton‘Prosperity and peace’ is the winning Republican theme for midterms Mueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points 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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