Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Obama has the best fundraising month of his campaign, Warren hits back at Brown over asbestos, Murphy and McMahon engage in a feisty debate, and Obama makes fun of his own debate performance.
13) If you're one of those people who says they'll leave the country if their favored candidate doesn't win the presidential race: JetBlue has you covered.
12) Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly debated Saturday -- and Washington Post's The Fix roundup up the best one-liners of the night.
11) President Obama gets in on making fun of his debate performance. The Associated Press:
Speaking at a celebrity-led fundraiser at the Nokia Theatre, Obama came on stage after performances by such singers as Katy Perry, Jon Bon Jovi and Stevie Wonder and remarks by actor George Clooney. He marveled at how they are able to perform flawlessly night after night and then said, quote, "I can't always say the same."
10) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says there's a simple reason for the state's sluggish economic growth: The failed effort to recall him from office.
9) The contest between Rep. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., and her GOP challenger, Chris Collins, remains tied, according to a new Buffalo News/WRGZ-TV/Siena College poll.
The poll shows the two candidates tied at 47 percent. Six percent of likely voters are undecided. In the previous poll, conducted in mid-August, Collins held a statistically-insignificant lead, 47 percent to 45 percent.
8) In Connecticut's Senate race, Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy and GOP opponent Linda McMahon met for their first debate. The Hartford Courant:
During the feisty, hourlong forum, hosted by WFSB-Channel 3 and broadcast live, McMahon questioned Murphy's honesty and accused him of accepting a "sweetheart" loan while Murphy painted McMahon as an ideologically empty captive of an increasingly right-wing Republican party.
And Majority PAC and Connecticut's Future PAC announced the launch of a new ad campaign in the state. The ad targets McMahon on wanting to "sunset" Social Security.
Meanwhile, check out this Huffington Post story on the McMahon campaign leaking an email from one of their reporters.
7) Majority PAC is also going up with a new ad in the North Dakota Senate race, attacking Berg on voting for a tax break for himself and to cut student loans.
6) Sen. Claire McCaskill
, D-Mo., hits
GOP Rep. Todd Akin
on the issue of rape victims in a new television ad
The ad contrasts McCaskill's support for giving rape victims the option of emergency contraception with Akin's opposition to offering the option in cases of rape and incest.
5) The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee kicks off
a $600,000 ad buy in Maine today. And Americans Elect has gotten involved in the race with a $500,000 buy on behalf of Independent former Gov. Angus King
4) Virginia Democratic Senate nominee Tim Kaine
gets a boost
from Sen. Mark Warner
, D-Va., in his latest ad.
3) Democrat Elizabeth Warren
continues to hold an apparent edge in the Massachusetts Senate race over Sen. Scott Brown
, according to
a new poll conducted for the Springfield Republican
Warren leads Brown in the poll, conducted by the Western New England University Polling Institute, 50 percent to 45 percent -- and just 3 percent of likely voters are undecided.
Meanwhile, Warren is releasing two new
television ads hitting back at Brown over his accusations that she worked against the interests of asbestos victims.
The ads feature family members of asbestos victims talking about how Warren went to the Supreme Court to fight for them. "Scott Brown has never been there for us," says one. "He's trying to use our suffering to help himself.He outta be ashamed."
2) Mitt Romney
is making a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute. The New York Times:
Mitt Romney is intensifying his efforts to draw a sharp contrast with President Obama on national security in the presidential campaign's closing stages, portraying Mr. Obama as having mishandled the tumult in the Arab world and having left the nation exposed to a terrorist attack in Libya.
In a speech on Monday at the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Romney will declare that "hope is not a strategy" for dealing with the rise of Islamist governments in the Middle East or an Iran racing toward the capability to build a nuclear weapon, according to excerpts released by his campaign.
1) The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $181 million
in September, the best monthly total of the president's re-election campaign.