Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama and Romney debate foreign policy tonight, Casey leads by 8 in a new poll, Akin makes another controversial comment, and George McGovern passed away this weekend.
11) Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said his son, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., would return to the Mayo Clinic "soon" and that while he's there, he'll undergo a re-evaluation and try to to "regain his equilibrium," the Chicago Tribune reports.
10) George McGovern passed away this weekend. National Journal:
A champion of American liberalism and a dogged opponent of the Vietnam War, former Democratic Sen. George McGovern has died after an extraordinary life that took him from the farmland of South Dakota to piloting bombers over Nazi Germany to being his party's standard-bearer in 1972 against President Nixon.
9) Today in new House ads:
The National Republican Congressional Committee released 13 new independent expenditure ads.
And Congressional Leadership Fund, the Republican House-focused super PAC, and its affiliated non-profit, American Action Network, launched three new TV ads against Democratic House candidates Monday as well.
8) In Missouri this weekend, GOP Rep. Todd Akin compared Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill to a dog.
7) In Virginia's Senate race, Democratic nominee Tim Kaine
is launching new television
ads hitting Republican George Allen
on women's issues.
6) Elizabeth Warren
probably doesn't appreciate these comments NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg
made in an interview
with the New York Times
: "You can question whether he's too conservative. You can question, in my mind, whether she's God's gift to regulation, close the banks and get rid of corporate profits, and we'd all bring socialism back, or the U.S.S.R."
5) A new Quinnipiac University/CBS News poll shows
Sen. Sherrod Brown
, D-Ohio, leading GOP opponent Josh Mandel
by 9 points, 51 percent to 42 percent.
4) Sen. Jon Tester
, D-Mont., and his GOP challenger Denny Rehberg
met for their final debate in their tight race. The Billings Gazette
In their final and feistiest debate, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, Rep. Denny Rehberg, traded numerous barbs Saturday night over the federal health care overhaul - and just about everything else.
3) North Dakota Democratic Senate nominee Heidi Heitkamp
has a new TV ad
out on spending, touting her support for a balanced budget amendment.
And here's a new Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spot
hitting GOP Rep. Rick Berg
on Social Security, saying Berg "urged Congress to privatize it."
Meanwhile, a poll
released Saturday showed Berg with a 10-point lead over Heitkamp. Most other recent polls have showed a dead heat in the race.
2) A Muhlenberg College/Allentown Morning Call shows
Sen. Bob Casey
, D-Pa., leading GOP opponent Tom Smith
by 8 points, 45 percent to 37 percent. President Obama
leads Mitt Romney
50 percent to 45 percent in the poll.
1) Obama and Romney will meet tonight for their third and final debate, which will focus on foreign policy. Here's the Washington Post
with a curtain-raiser.
And here's National Journal
on the importance of foreign policy in the race.