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September 29th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Mario Solis-March: Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

Balk: Rick Perry walks back his “over passionate” statement of support for instate tuition for undocumented students, apparently he was against heartlessness before he was for it.

Double Play: The GOP continues to call for mass safety deregulation as people die of eating tainted fruit, what’s next – calling for financial deregulation that allows banks to be to big to fail?...oops!

Ground Out: Obama webcasts a meeting with Latino news outlets and misses the mark, does anybody have the guts to tell Axelrod and Plouffe that they don’t get the Hispanic market?

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Herman Cain is having a meteoric rise. But with that rise will come serious media attention on his positions, past policies, etc. His comment to Wolf Blitzer yesterday on CNN about not supporting Perry and supporting Romney but with conditions on both is not being met well today by conservatives. And not just conservatives in the others' camps, but among conservatives who just want to make sure the party will unite to defeat Barack Obama. Cain is going to have to be careful from here on out.

– With Florida moving up to January 31st, that moves Iowa and New Hampshire up. That not only puts campaigning into the holidays, but it does something to hurt the candidates outside of Huntsman, Perry, and Romney — it deprives the 2nd tier of a full month of post-holiday fundraising. During the holidays, people aren't going to want to give money to the campaigns.

– One thing we have not seen in debates or the campaign trail yet? Foreign policy. With the Mexican drug war, the Venezuela situation, and the European market collapse, it might be time to get everyone on record, including Barack Obama.

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