6) The Romney campaign doesn't sound like it's a fan of Wisconsin Senate nominee Tommy Thompson, even though his campaign is critical in Republicans' bid to win back the Senate. On CNN
, Mitt Romney
surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu
lashed out at Wisconsin GOP Senate nominee Tommy Thompson
for blaming less-than-stellar poll numbers on Romney Thursday. Sununu said Thompson "sounds like Barack Obama."
5) Democratic nominee Heidi Heitkamp
drops a new ad going after GOP Rep. Rick Berg
in the North Dakota Senate race today. "Rick Berg is worth $24 million, but voted to cut college aid to pay for a tax break for millionaires like myself," says a man who explains his sons can't go to college without aid.
4) Coming up later this morning: The first Senate debate between Sen. Claire McCaskill
, D-Mo., and her GOP opponent, Rep. Todd Akin
will take place at 11:45 a.m. EST (catch the livestream here
Meanwhile, The Hill reports
that tea party heavyweight Sen. Jim DeMint
, R-S.C., might consider helping Akin out financially if he remains in the race after the (rapidly approaching) September 25 deadline to get off the ballot.
3) Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., and his Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren squared off
Thursday in their first of four debates. Brown came out swinging on the Native American issue, and things didn't get a whole lot friendlier from there.
The Boston Globe
's Glen Johnson writes
that "neither backed down from the criticisms they have lodged against each other from a distance on the campaign trail."
2) The New York Times
on presidential fundraising numbers:
Mitt Romney entered the final months of the presidential campaign with a cash balance of just $35 million, racing to find new large donors and rally low-dollar contributors in August even while he raised tens of millions of dollars for the Republican Party.
1) Tale of the tape: Spending on television ads for the presidential race has already surpassed
two-thirds of a billion dollars.