Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Biden and Paul Ryan debate, Berman and Sherman nearly get into a fight at a forum, Warren hits Brown on women's issues in a new ad, and Romney gets a Lohan endorsement.
10) Important new research: Republicans like golf, and Democrats like cartoons.
9) Mitt Romney just scored the coveted Lindsey Lohan endorsement -- for now, at least. "I just think employment is really important right now," Lohan told E! "So, as of now, Mitt Romney. As of now." She added, "It's a long story."
8) Post-revelation that Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., pressured his patient/mistress to get an abortion, Romney's campaign has removed the endorsement by DesJarlais from its website, the Huffington Post reports.
7) A new WMUR-TV Granite State Poll shows tight contests in New Hampshire's gubernatorial and House races. Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., is ahead in his rematch against former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, while Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., narrowly trails Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.
6) Check out the Berman/Sherman near-fight.
5) In case you only watched the VP debate last night, there were several other forums in Senate and gubernatorial races too. Here's a wrap:
In Washington's gubernatorial race, GOP Attorney General Rob McKenna
and former Rep. Jay Inslee faced off
In Connecticut, Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy
and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon did too
And in New Mexico's Senate race, Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich
and former GOP Rep. Heather Wilson debated
for the first time.
4) And a special flag for the Nevada Senate debate last night, where the power went out -- just as GOP Sen. Dean Heller
and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley
began to discuss energy policy. The Las Vegas Sun
"We need to go after our own oil, our own coal, our own natural gas, our own alternative energy ..." Heller said just before the power died.
Berkley quipped: "We could use some now," to laughter from the audience at the Vegas PBS studio.
3) New ad
out from Sen. Bill Nelson
, D-Fla., hitting GOP Rep. Connie Mack
on his donors, citing votes that benefited Chevron and a Wall Street backer. "Connie Mack: Deep in debt to the special interests," the ad's narrator concludes.
2) A new Elizabeth Warren ad
hits Sen. Scott Brown
, R-Mass., on his votes for the Blunt amendment, against equal pay for equal work, and against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. It's a line of attack she also hit on in their debate this week.
1) The New York Times calls it
"the debate that President Obama
and Mitt Romney did not have a week ago." The Times
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Representative Paul D. Ryan fiercely quarreled at the vice-presidential debate here on Thursday night, with Mr. Biden using the cutting attack lines against the Republican ticket that Mr. Obama did not and Mr. Ryan delivering a spirited case for conservative policies that Mr. Romney had soft-pedaled.
And check out Ron Brownstein
's 5 takeaways
from the debate. (Number one: "Ryan turned in a composed and confident performance, but Biden delivered more of what his side needed.")