5) After weeks of back and forth over the scheduling and format of debates, Sen. Scott Brown
and Elizabeth Warren have agreed to a fourth televised debate
. The forum will be moderated by NBC's David Gregory
and hosted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Herald
. Brown's campaign said it is the last debate invitation the senator will accept this year.
4) Sen. Orrin Hatch
is favored to defeat Dan Liljenquist
in Tuesday's Republican Senate primary in Utah. Just 17 months ago, conservative activists who seethed over the 36-year senator's support for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and increasing the debt limit vowed to dislodge him as they did Robert Bennett
in 2010. But Hatch's emerging survival story is a sharp reminder that campaigns and candidates are consequential, no matter the environment. Money, organization, timing and the GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting are the chief reasons for Hatch's success. Stay tuned to the blog later today for more on why Hatch's is likely to keep his job.
3) Mitt Romney softened his tone on immigration
Thursday during his speech to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
, who has urged Romney to "broaden the message" on immigration, called it
a "great speech."
President Obama's campaign dismissed Romney's address
, saying the former Massachusetts governor still hasn't clearly responded to the shift in immigration policy unveiled by the president last week. Obama is set to address the group today, ensuring that immigration will remain in the spotlight for a second consecutive week of Sunday news shows.
2) The Bain Capital narrative against Romney isn't going away. The Washington Post
today features a front-page report
that Bain invested in firms that ended up shipping jobs overseas. Expect the Obama campaign to raise questions about his jobs creation record by portraying him as an outsourcer.
1) Romney released new television ads Friday in four states: Iowa
, North Carolina
. All four spots center on Romney's plans for his first 100 days in office, but the messages are specifically crafted to target swing voters in the individual swing states. All the ads except the one running in Ohio call for the repeal of the Obama's health care law.