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Hotline Sort: The Comeback Kids

March 30, 2011
6) Speaking of comebacks, liberal activist Ann McLane Kuster (D) will challenge Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) in 2012. Kuster was the 2010 Democratic nominee for New Hampshire's 2nd District seat and loss to Bass by just over 3,500 votes. 5) Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is expected to announce his entrance into the Senate race this Saturday, and will be facing the establishment favorite, Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) If he's the only serious Republican challenger against Flake, he stands a decent chance of winning. If Flake didn't think his moderate position on immigration would be a serious vulnerability in a primary, he wouldn't have flip-flopped so quickly and glaringly as he did. Franks has been telegraphing his interest in running against Flake for a while. Last week, when Franks passed on a chance to appear alongside Flake at a border event featuring Sen. John McCain (R) and other GOP members of the state's congressional delegation. A plugged-in Arizona GOP source points to Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump (R) as a potential candidate to watch for Franks' seat. 4) Democrats are still waiting -- and waiting some more --- for a challenger to emerge against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) 3) In a speech today at Georgetown University, Obama will call for a goal today for reducing oil imports by one-third over the next decade. 2) At a DNC fundraiser in Harlem Tuesday night, Obama heaped praise on DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, saying "since he happened to be a really great governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia, I suspect that, should he choose to do so, he would also be an outstanding senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia." The president's high-profile remarks underscore that Kaine is all but in the race, even though he hasn't yet made a formal announcement. And it shows that the president's political team has no concerns connecting itself closely with a Virginia Democratic Senate nominee - it's a state that White House strategists believe is becoming more Democratic and is very winnable in 2012, And they don't believe that Kaine's close ties with the president will hurt him at all. Oh, by the way, Obama raised a cool $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee at the event. 1) Obama has hit his all-time low in approval rating and reelect score in a Quinnipiac University poll. Obama only has a 42 percent approval rating among registered voters, according to the newly-released survey. A majority of voters - 50 percent - say he doesn't deserve to be re-elected in 2012. -- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post. --
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