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Hotline Sort: Rendell's Red Flag For Obama

4) On Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry came out in favor of a flat tax. 3) Not exactly the vote of confidence President Obama was looking for in the Keystone State from someone in his own party: "If it was Obama-Romney, as of right now, it would be tough for the president to carry Pennsylvania," former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told Bloomberg. And more tough talk from another fellow Democrat, Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., whose Central Valley district has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. "The administration has simply not done a darn thing to help my constituents," Democratic Rep. Dennis Cardoza told The Hill. 2) TIME released a poll last week that showed Obama's approval rating at just 44 percent. But Time's Alex Altman wrote Wednesday that Obama is hurting even more acutely among the white, blue-collar workers that he encountered on his mid-Atlantic bus tour this week. His approval rating among whites without a college education is just 26 percent; Obama won 40 percent of this vote in 2008, according to exit polls. 1) Is the outside pressure from candidates and officials in New Hampshire paying off? It might be. Former Nevada Gov. Bob List, who is also a GOP national committeeman, confirmed to the Las Vegas Review Journal on Wednesday that the Silver State is considering several other dates for their presidential caucuses including Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and Feb. 18, the original date. -- Steven Shepard contributed

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