In the latest manifestation of the high heat, with a must-read headlined, "In Final Weeks, G.O.P. Focuses on Best Bets," the New York Times' Adam Nagourney reports that the Republican leadership has "concluded that Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio. . . is likely to be heading for defeat and are moving to reduce financial support for his race and divert party money to other embattled Republican senators." LINK
Nagourney also Notes, "Republicans are now pinning their hopes of holding the Senate on three states -- Missouri, Tennessee and, with Ohio off the table, probably Virginia -- while trying to hold on to the House by pouring money into districts where Republicans have a strong historical or registration advantage . . . "
Rep. Rodney Alexander's chief of staff, Royal Alexander (no relation), is expected to testify before the House ethics committee in the Foley matter at 10:00 am ET.
President Bush meets with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore at 10:00 am ET in the Oval office. Tonight, Mr. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush attend a dinner with Ambassadors and Muslim leaders at the White House at 7:00 pm ET. And you can catch the first part of a three-part interview with President Bush on Bill O'Reilly this evening on Fox News. (Per Tony Snow in the morning gaggle, President Bush sits down with O'Reilly at 11:25 am ET.)
VPOTUS Dick Cheney delivers remarks at 3:25 pm ET at a rally for the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault School in Fort Campbell, KY. He then speaks at a reception at 7:10 pm ET for the Davis-Kentucky Victory Committee at a private residence in Prospect, KY.
Lynne Cheney, wife of VPOTUS Dick Cheney, attends an event with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) at the Wohlstetter Conference Center at 3:30 pm ET in Washington, DC.
Former President Bill Clinton campaigns for Gov. John Baldacci (D-ME) in Portland, ME at the University of Southern Maine at 2:00 pm ET.
ABC's George Stephanopoulos moderates a debate between Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) which airs live from the National Constitution Center at 7:00 pm ET. They also participate in a radio debate at 8:00 am ET. Both will be broadcast from Philadelphia, PA.
Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-MA) Commonwealth PAC hosts a fundraiser at 12:00 pm ET at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, DC.
Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and his Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill debate on TV during prime time in Springfield, MO.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1:00 pm ET - 2:00 pm ET in New York City.
Gubernatorial candidates Ken Blackwell (R-OH) and Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH) debate live at 8:00 pm ET in Columbus, OH.
Iowa gubernatorial candidates Jim Nussle (R-IA) and Chet Culver (D-IA) debate live at 9:00 pm ET on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.
National Republicans giving up on DeWine?:
In response to the aforementioned Nagourney blockbuster must-read in the New York Times, Brian Seitchik of the DeWine campaign tells The Note, "This race continues to be about the difference between Mike DeWine and Sherrod Brown. We continue to enjoy a cash on hand advantage of nearly 3 to 1. We have 4.5 million dollars to Brown's 1.2 million dollars."
RNC spokesman Aaron McLear tells The Note: "The assertion that the RNC is pulling out of Ohio is not accurate. We have been and will continue to assert a considerable level of support for Sen. DeWine."