Vulnerable GOP freshman added as Defense conferee

After pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the 2010 cycle, Cravaack is viewed as a top target in the House for Democrats next year. Four Democrats — including Tarryl Clark, who lost to Rep. Michele BachmannMichele Marie BachmannBachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' Billboard from ‘God’ tells Michele Bachmann not to run for Senate Pawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota MORE (R-Minn.) in 2010 — are already running against him in what’s shaping up to be a competitive primary.

The conference committee held its first meeting Wednesday as the House and the Senate reconcile their Defense bills. The biggest issue surrounding the conference committee is the detention of terror suspects — the Senate’s bill drew a White House veto threat because it mandated military custody for al Qaeda members.