8) House Majority PAC today released an ad
targeting Rep. Allen West
, R-Fla., as part of a $1 million buy. The commercial hits West over his record on women's issues.
7) The Chamber of Commerce is launching ads in four Senate races, the Washington Post reports
. The ads target contests in Hawaii, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Hawaii and New Mexico are looking like longshots for the GOP.
6) New ad
dropping from Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin
in the state's Senate race. In the commercial, Baldwin talks up her support of the Buffett rule, which she says GOP nominee Tommy Thompson
doesn't support. She says Thompson's plan would "raise taxes on the middle class. That's just wrong."
5) Sen. Jon Tester
, D-Mont., has a new television ad
out, noting that Citizens United overturned a Montana elections law. "The big corporations are back to elect Congressman Denny Rehberg," says the announcer. "Because they know Rehberg supports their agenda: Tax breaks and tax loopholes for outsourcing our jobs."
4) The Republican National Committee raised a record $35.6 million during August and has $76.6 million on hand, CNN reports
3) Sen. Dean Heller
, R-Nev., was the latest Republican to distance himself from Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments Wednesday.
And that wasn't the only thing he told reporters. "The most unethical, corrupt person I've ever met in my life is Shelley Berkley," said Heller, per the Las Vegas Sun
. He was responding to a Berkley campaign ad that targets Heller on ethics.
2) Get excited for a big debate day -- candidates face off in two of the country's biggest Senate races. In Massachusetts, Scott Brown
and Elizabeth Warren debate
at 7 p.m. on WBZ-TV (catch it live on C-SPAN, pending the Senate schedule today). In Virginia, Tim Kaine
and George Allen square off
at noon on WRC-TV (Channel 4).
1) Looking to get past a week of bad headlines, Mitt Romney
and Paul Ryan are kicking off a three-day bus tour
throughout Ohio next week. Ryan will start off solo in Lima next Monday, and they'll meet up in Cincinnati the next day. Romney then goes solo to Dayton and plans to hit Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo on Wednesday.
Public polls have shown Romney trailing Obama and losing ground in the crucial Midwestern battleground, as Team Obama has raised questions about Romney's business practices on the airwaves. Romney faces a very challenging task of winning the election without Ohio; this road trip underscores the importance of the state.
-- Scott Bland contributed.