5) NY-09 Democratic nominee David Weprin
, pulled out
of a Monday debate at the last minute, saying Tropical Storm Irene disrupted his schedule, a decision that touched off angry denunciations, from the debate's sponsors as well as his GOP opponent Bob Turner
4) If Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
wants to move the state's presidential primary up to Jan. 31, she'll have to issue a proclamation by Saturday. While she is still leaning toward moving it up, her spokesman says she is also considering other options, including holding a presidential debate in the state, the AP reports
3) A group aligned with the Democratic Governors Association is hitting West Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Maloney
in a new ad by calling him a "millionaire businessman" who plays "by a different set of rules," the Washington Post reports
2) Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock
is expected to launch his gubernatorial campaign next week, and has scheduled several "campaign kickoff" events around the state, the Billings Gazette reports
. Bullock would become the most prominent Democrat in the Treasure state's race, which is likely to be one of 2012's most competitive contests. Former Rep. Rick Hill
is the frontrunner on the Republican side.
1) If Texas Gov. Rick Perry
's surge in the polls continues and he does not collapse, Mitt Romney
will eventually have to attack -- an assault his advisers tell Marc Thiessen
will commence "at a time of our choosing." Romney strategists are quick to note that in his book, Perry writes that "By any measure, Social Security is a failure" and calls the program "something we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now" that was created "at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government."
The Romney camp also plans to highlight Perry's opposition to a border fence and legislation he signed in 2001 allowing the children of illegal immigrants to attend Texas colleges and universities at in-state tuition. They also intend to portray him as the anti-government candidate who has spent most of his life in government.