Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Grimm's office is burglarized but questions remain, Brown hits Warren on her (alleged) Native American ancestry, the NRCC launches a major ad blitz, and Biden likes a personal touch.
10) Newt Gingrich doesn't think Mitt Romney's space plan is "robust" enough.
9) Texas Tribune's Jay Root published an e-book out titled "Oops: A Diary of the Campaign Trail," investigating what went wrong with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential bid. He reports that there were numerous factors, but lack of sleep was a big one.
8) Bill Clinton, appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, said he had "no earthly idea" whether Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will seek the presidency in 2016.
7) The New York Times explores Vice President Biden's penchant for getting very up close and personal on the campaign trail.
6) Politicker NY reports that Rep. Michael Grimm's, R-N.Y., campaign office on Staten Island was "allegedly vandalized and burglarized" Saturday night:
According to an email sent to reporters shortly after 2 p.m. by Mr. Grimm's spokeswoman, Carol Danko, workers arrived at the office this morning to discover multiple windows that had apparently been broken.
Politicker just spoke with Ms. Danko on the phone and she said Mr. Grimm is communicating with police and that he said, upon further investigation, the NYPD discovered computers inside the office had their hard drives erased. According to Ms. Danko, police believe the broken windows may have been a "cover up" to distract from the compromised computers.
She stressed that the information on the computers was already backed up and that the compromised computers did not contain the personal information of any campaign volunteers.
5) The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a $6.3 million ad campaign, Roll Call
Meanwhile, new House Majority PAC ads target Randy Altschuler
in New York's 1st District, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a spot targeting Andrew Roraback
in Connecticut's 5th District.
4) A light ad
dropping today from Sen. Joe Manchin
, D-W.V., who is in good shape for his reelection bid. The commercial features the senator getting a haircut from his wife, Gail
, as an announcer notes that she has cut his hair for more than 20 years and lists his accomplishments on spending and waste. At the end of the spot, Manchin say that "a penny saved in a penny earned," and his wife adds "and he's cheap."
3) A new poll of the Montana Senate race out Sunday shows
Rep. Denny Rehberg
leading Democratic incumbent Jon Tester
narrowly -- 48 percent to 45 percent, with the margin of error.
And a new poll in the Ohio Senate race has
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown
leading GOP Treasurer Josh Mandel
by 7 points.
2) Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., attacks Elizabeth Warren over her Native American ancestry claims television ad
. The spot uses television clips from the spring, arguing: "She is facing tough questions about whether she claimed to be a minority for professional gain."
The ad ends with a reporter asking, "Is there anything else that's going to come out about you that we don't already know?" and Warren saying, "You know, I don't think so, but who knows."
Brown was also quick to pounce on the issue when the two candidates met for their first debate last week. The ad war in Massachusetts has only turned negative in recent weeks, and this is the hardest-hitting spot so far.
1) President Obama acknowledged that some ads from his campaign and the super PACs supporting him sometimes "go overboard," but said that's part of politics. In an unaired portion of his interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, which was posted on the network's website, Obama said, "Do we see sometimes us going overboard in our campaign--mistakes that are made, or areas where there's no doubt that somebody could dispute how we are presenting things? That happens in politics." Meanwhile, Obama attacked
Romney in a new ad on Monday. And, Romney attacked Obama in a new ad of his own