Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Third vaccine candidate with 90% efficacy Biden won — so why did Trump's popularity hit its highest point ever? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Calls mount to start transition as Biden readies Cabinet picks MORE was eager to give a wink and a nod to her potential 2016 presidential run during her appearance in Iowa on Sunday.

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But she was still reluctant to offer any sort of policy specifics or stick her neck out on controversial issues in a way that sets her up for that possible run.

In a little-noticed moment as she worked the rope line during Sen. Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinA pandemic election should move America to address caregivers' struggles The Memo: Trump attacks on Harris risk backfiring Ernst challenges Greenfield to six debates in Iowa Senate race MORE’s (D-Iowa) annual Steak Fry fundraiser, Clinton dodged questions from a woman who introduced herself as an “Iowa dreamer” about what she thought of President Obama’s decision to delay executive action on deportations.

"Well, I think we have to just keep working, can’t stop ever working,” Clinton said, and added, when pressed, "You know, I think we have to elect more Democrats."

It’s early still, so it makes sense for the candidate to stay out of the fray and avoid becoming overtly political, especially on issues that could affect Democrats in the midterms and President Obama’s efforts down the line.

But Clinton can’t have it both ways: it’s dangerous for a politician to wink and nod at 2016 but turn the other cheek when asked policy questions for much longer and expect to get away with it.

 

SENATE SHOWDOWN

KS-SEN (ROBERTS): Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsTrump's controversial Fed nominee stalled after Senate setback Business groups scramble to forge ties amid race for House Agriculture chair Republicans hold on to competitive Kansas House seat MORE (R-Kan.) touts efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas in a new ad — despite having voted against a spending bill this year, while in the middle of a primary fight, that funded the project. At the time, Roberts defended his opposition, saying “that vote was necessary to send a signal we can no longer afford unchecked spending as usual.” Meanwhile, independent challenger Greg Orman announced a plan to reform the campaign finance system.

WV-SEN (OPEN): Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom line Bottom line Senate roadblocks threaten to box in Biden MORE (D-Nev.) headlined a fundraiser for Democrat Natalie Tennant last Friday.

KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): Kentucky political observers are questioning whether Alison Lundergan Grimes needs a campaign shake-up after a series of polls have shown her lagging GOP leader Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFeinstein to step down as top Democrat on Judiciary Committee Voters want a strong economy and leadership, Democrats should listen On The Money: Biden to nominate Yellen for Treasury secretary | 'COVID cliff' looms | Democrats face pressure to back smaller stimulus MORE.

And McConnell’s former primary challenger, Matt Bevin, is contemplating a 2015 gubernatorial bid.

GA-SEN (OPEN): Former President George H.W. Bush on Monday endorsed Georgia GOP Senate nominee David Perdue, making official his choice not to back Democrat Michelle Nunn, despite her work with a Bush foundation.

 

BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE

MI-11 (BENTIVOLIO): Rep. Kerry BentivolioKerry BentivolioIndiana Republican: Leaders duped me Reindeer farmer saves 'cromnibus' with yes vote High drama as .1T spending package advances by one vote MORE (R-Mich.) is considering a write-in campaign for Congress after losing his primary last month.

NH-2 (KUSTER): Republican Marilinda Garcia, an outspoken opponent of ObamaCare, wouldn’t answer questions about how she’s purchased healthcare — including whether she gets it through ObamaCare — during an interview.

NY-21 (OPEN): Democrat Aaron Woolf is facing scrutiny over his grocery, Urban Rustic, and restaurant, Lodge, which reports show faced a suit from two former cooks who said Lodge didn’t pay them overtime. The grocery store has also received up to 83 health code violations, according to previous reports.

CO-06 (COFFMAN): A Colorado government watchdog has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Mike Coffman (R) has inappropriately used his franking privileges, which allow lawmakers to send taxpayer funded mailings updating constituents on their work in Congress, for campaign purposes.


MN-08 (PETERSON): On climate change, Rep. Collin Peterson’s (D) Republican opponent, state Sen. Torrey Westrom, said “the science hasn't been that convincing,” and suggested he’d oppose raising the debt limit.

 

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AR-SEN (PRYOR): The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee targets Rep. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection More conservatives break with Trump over election claims Warnock hit by Republicans over 'cannot serve God and the military' comment MORE (R) on seniors’ issues, declaring, “we can’t trust Tom Cotton to protect seniors, because the record shows he hasn’t.”

KY-SEN (MCCONNELL): Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) touts his role in negotiations that ended the government shutdown, while Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes goes skeet shooting. Meanwhile, an outside group hit McConnell with a trio of radio ads, one of which features a clip of a suicide bomber.

Pro-McConnell outside group Kentucky Opportunity Coalition is launching an ad Tuesday that hits Grimes over supporting “a pathway to citizenship” for illegal immigrants and ties her to President Obama on the issue, calling her a “proud supporter of President Obama’s amnesty plan.”

AK-SEN (BEGICH): Republican Dan Sullivan’s wife, Julie, touts the Senate hopeful's military service and pushes back against Sen. Mark BegichMark Peter BegichAlaska Senate race sees cash surge in final stretch Alaska group backing independent candidate appears linked to Democrats Sullivan wins Alaska Senate GOP primary MORE’s (D) attacks questioning Sullivan’s residency, which she says are attacks on his military service because he left the state to serve. Begich released a new ad this weekend touting his work for Alaska.


LA-SEN (LANDRIEU): The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee hits Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) on Social Security with an ad in which a number of seniors question his record, and one declares “we can’t trust Bill Cassidy.”

CO-SEN (UDALL): Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallHickenlooper ousts Gardner in Colorado, handing Democrats vital pickup Live updates: Democrats fight to take control of the Senate The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip MORE (D) suggests Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerHillicon Valley: Trump fires top federal cybersecurity official, GOP senators push back | Apple to pay 3 million to resolve fight over batteries | Los Angeles Police ban use of third-party facial recognition software Senate passes bill to secure internet-connected devices against cyber vulnerabilities Democrats vent to Schumer over Senate majority failure MORE (R) is behind the times for supporting “harsh anti-abortion laws and a bill to outlaw birth control.”

WV-03 (RAHALL): 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’s (D) new ad charges Republican Evan Jenkins would roll back black lung benefits for miners.

NH-02 (KUSTER): Rep. Annie Kuster (D) ties Republican Marilinda Garcia to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “architect of the government shutdown,” declaring she supports “a Tea Party agenda that’s just too extreme.”

AZ-02 (BARBER): House Majority PAC’s new ad targets Republican Martha McSally on seniors issues, charging she would privatize Social Security and raise the retirement age.

CO-06 (COFFMAN): A new television ad from Counter PAC, a “non-partisan SuperPAC backed by tech entrepreneurs” pushing for full disclosure of donors, charges Rep. Mike Coffman (R) is “enjoying ads funded by secret donors.”

PA-08 (FITZPATRICK): Democrat Kevin Strouse touts his military experience and features his young children in his first ad.

NY-11 (GRIMM): Rep. Michael Grimm’s (R) first ad hits Democratic opponent, former Brooklyn councilman Domenic Recchia, as a “tax-raising machine.”

NY-19 (GIBSON): Democrat Sean Eldridge targets GOP Rep. Chris Gibson on women’s issues, charging “he’s consistently voted against a woman's right to choose,” and declaring “I won’t play politics with women’s health.”

NY-01 (BISHOP): Rep. Tim BishopTimothy (Tim) Howard BishopDem candidate 'struck by the parallels' between Trump's rise and Hitler's Dems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Flint residents hire first K Street firm MORE (D) confronts attacks from his Republican challenger, state Sen. Lee Zeldin, focused on the FBI probe of his campaign finances, and targets Zeldin on environmental issues.

NM-02 (PEARCE): Former Eddy County Commissioner Rocky Lara (D) takes aim at congressional perks in her first ad against Rep. Steve Pearce (R)

 

POLL POSITION

NH-SEN (SHAHEEN): A CNN/ORC poll shows Sen. Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenTop Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' Overnight Defense: How members of the Armed Services committees fared in Tuesday's elections | Military ballots among those uncounted in too-close-to-call presidential race | Ninth US service member killed by COVID-19 Biden wins New Hampshire MORE (D) tied with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), both taking 48 percent of likely voters. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a poll that showed Shaheen ahead 51 percent to 44 percent for Brown.

MN-SEN (FRANKEN): A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling for the Star Tribune shows Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans The Hill's Morning Report - Fearing defeat, Trump claims 'illegal' ballots The Hill's Morning Report - Biden inches closer to victory MORE (D) leading businessman Mike McFadden (R) among likely voters, with 49 percent to McFadden’s 36 percent. Elevent percent of respondents were undecided.

NC-SEN (HAGAN): A new Elon University Poll gives Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan10 under-the-radar races to watch in November The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate MORE (D) a 4-point lead over Republican Thom Tillis, with 45 percent of likely voters to Tillis’s 41 percent support.

FL-26 (GARCIA): An internal poll conducted for Republican Carlos Curbelo’s campaign shows him leading Rep. Joe GarciaJose (Joe) Antonio GarciaOvernight Defense: Biden honors McCain at Phoenix memorial service | US considers sending captured ISIS fighters to Gitmo and Iraq | Senators press Trump on ending Yemen civil war Biden pays tribute to McCain at emotional memorial service Mueller indictments: Congressional candidate asked Russian operatives for info on opponent MORE (D) among likely voters, 44 percent to 40 percent, with 16 percent undecided.

 

2016 RUMBLINGS

JINDAL: Louisiana Sen. Bobby Jindal (R) will release a comprehensive energy plan Tuesday.

CHRISTIE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will stump for Scott Brown (R) in the Granite State on Wednesday.

HUCKABEE: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) is taking the necessary steps to run for president again in 2016, vowing he wouldn't make the same mistakes he made last time — if he pulls the trigger.

CLINTON, SANDERS: Immigration activists praised Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.) for criticizing president Obama’s  decision to put off executive action delaying more deportations, and slammed Hillary Clinton, who dodged questions from Dreamers on that issue during her Sunday visit to Iowa.

Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Monday said it is a "myth" that Iowans disliked Hillary Clinton, and argued she is not too conservative for the state’s Democrats.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I didn't hear a word he said, but I wasn't in a place where I could tell him to go f***k himself."  

—Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.), on her response when a male labor leader commented on her weight