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Hotline Sort: Rubio's Star Turn in Iowa

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November 19, 2012

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Barber beats McSally, McConnell talks Judd, Rubio goes to Iowa, and Christie does SNL.

9) It's Chris Christie's turn for an SNL appearance: Check out the New Jersey governor doing Weekend Update here.

8) Vice President Biden wants victims of Hurricane Sandy to know he's their "homeboy" in the White House.

7) Weston Wamp -- the son of former Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn. -- who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. -- hits scandal-plagued GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais. Wamp, on the latest revelations about DesJarlais urging his wife to get multiple abortions: "This is, I think, much more evidence that he is frankly kind of a creepy guy. I hope he doesn't make it to the next primary... and if he does, he'll get beat."

DesJarlais seems certain to face a primary challenge (or more than one challenger), as his troubles worsen.

6) The National Republican Campaign Committee borrowed $12 million for the election push in late October, Roll Call reports.

5) Reince Priebus will run for another term as chair of the Republican National Committee, he announced in an email sent to committee members Friday.

4) One of the last few outstanding House races has been called: Democratic Rep. Ron Barber beat Republican challenger Martha McSally in Arizona's 2nd District.

3) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has a straightforward strategy for dealing with potential Democratic challengers in red Kentucky: He'll try to tie "Barack Obama around their neck," he told the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Oh, and he weighed in on Ashley Judd, who hasn't ruled out a challenge to the senior senator: "She's great. Love her movies."

2) President Obama is reviewing material on cabinet appointments while traveling in Asia, and is on track to make some announcements on picks as soon as the week following Thanksgiving, the Wall Street Journal reports.

1) Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., traveled to Iowa this weekend, where he was the featured guest at GOP Gov. Terry Branstad's birthday party and fundraiser. Branstad said the event raised over $600,000, a state party record, according to the Daily Caller. Rubio, per the Des Moines Register:

"Marco Rubio told Iowa conservatives tonight that he knows there's "a lot of frustration about the outcome of the election" but that Republicans need to do a better job of convincing fellow Americans that "limited government is the best way forward."


"Others have suggested that maybe the American electorate has changed - that what people want from government now is they're just going to vote for who ever promises them more," Rubio said during the event at Adventureland's Palace Theater. "I don't believe that's true. I can't believe that's true."

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