7) Texas Gov. Rick Perry acknowledged in a Fox News interview
that he had made a mistake in the way he took on criticism of the Texas policy granting in-state when he said "I don't think you have a heart." "I agree with you that I used the wrong word there," he said in the interview.
6) We'll have to wait until next week
for New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner
to officially set the New Hampshire primary date. Jan. 10 is the widely expected date.
5) National Journal
and CBS News will co-sponsor a November 12 South Carolina GOP presidential debate moderated by Major Garrett
and Scott Pelley
. The debate will focus on national security.
4) The campaign of Kentucky Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear
keeps on rolling. The incumbent's reelection team took in over $517,000
during the past two weeks, bringing the total amount raised to about $10 million.
3) If you're watching for clues on how aggressively Mitt Romney
will be competing in the Hawkeye State, he won't be attending
the Iowa GOP's annual Ronald Reagan Dinner.
2) Only nine percent (!) of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll
released late Thursday. Disgust for Congress is notably uniform across the political spectrum, with 83 percent of Democrats, 83 percent of Republicans and 85 percent of independents disapproving of the legislative branch.
1) Stumping in Ohio on Tuesday, Romney declined to weigh in
on Issue 2, the ballot measure that will decide the fate of SB 5, the controversial measure that limits collective bargaining rights for public employees. While the measure was pushed by Republicans, it's not difficult to see why Romney's not wading in: A Quinnipiac University survey showed that 57 percent of Ohio voters favor repeal of the measure. Ohio isn't likely to be a major factor in the GOP primary nominating contest, but in the general election, the divisive matter could re-emerge. Perry's camp, meanwhile, is hitting Romney
over his decision.
-- Steven Shepard contributed