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September 22nd, 2010
10:01 PM ET
September 22nd, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Battle fatigue! Or grumpy flanks, maybe. Let’s begin with Erick’s No. 2. I’m told the new GOP “Pledge to America” will have a preamble that reaffirms the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion, then a collection of 2011 agenda items focused on the economy and budget issues. Already Mr. Erickson is a skeptic, reflecting the grassroots mistrust of their elected establishment leaders. We have new poll numbers tonight that you will want to see re: Delaware. In her first and third points, Jane, like Erick, reflects the base mistrust or disconnect. In her case, it is the liberal angst at a White House many liberals see as too unwilling to consistently attack the Republicans yet too eager to bemoan, and take issue, with its critics on the left. Forty-one days .. But who’s counting.-John King

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Bob Woodward's new book is out. Leaving aside the bit about the President saying we can "absorb" another terrorist attack, the big story is that finding Hillary Clinton in this book is like trying to find Waldo.

-On November 13, 2000, writing in Forbes, Ed Crane, President of CATO, noted, "the combined budgets of the 95 major programs that the Contract with America promised to eliminate have increased by 13%." The House GOP will release Contract 2: Back to Power tomorrow. Don't get your hopes up.

-The odds are against Christine O'Donnell in Delaware. The GOP Establishment, convinced it must teach a recalcitrant base a lesson, has done everything possible to sabotage O'Donnell's candidacy. But it serves one purpose: taking the focus off others for a bit.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher

-McCain won't support our troops, and leads Defense Authorization filibuster; Obama silent on GOP obstruction of Defense Authorization in wartime.

-Republicans propose to repeal or cripple all the health and insurance reforms that actually help people and replace them with . . . crickets.

-Is White House criticism of disappointed supporters the all-time dumbest political strategy?


Filed under: Bullet Points
September 22nd, 2010
01:20 PM ET

CNN to air Florida governor debate

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Washington (CNN) – Democrat Alex Sink accepted an invitation Wednesday to debate Republican Rick Scott next month, setting up a nationally televised showdown between the two Florida governor hopefuls on CNN.

The debate, co-sponsored by CNN, the St. Petersburg Times and the University of South Florida will take place on Oct. 25, and moderated by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. It will be held one day after CNN, the Times and USF co-host a Senate debate moderated by CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the same location on the University's Tampa campus.

The Florida governor's race is considered to be one of the most hotly contested contests of the midterm election cycle. It pits Sink, the state's Chief Financial Officer, against Scott, a billionaire health executive who shocked the GOP establishment to win his party's nomination. Scott had already accepted the sponsors' invitation to participate in the debate.

The Sink and Scott debate will air live at 7 p.m. ET during a special edition of "John King, USA."

The Senate debate between Gov. Charlie Crist, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio and Rep. Kendrick Meek will be shown live at 9 a.m. on Oct. 24 on a special edition of "State of the Union with Candy Crowley." The race for the open Florida Senate seat is also one of the most closely watched races of the year. It features Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party earlier this year to launch an independent bid for Senate, the Republican up-and-comer Rubio and the highly respected Democratic congressman Meek.