Turf Wars: Mitt Romney Campaigns In Rick Perry's Texas (The Note)


ON TODAY'S "TOP LINE. ABC's Rick Klein and Jonathan Karl interview Republican strategist Keith Appell about 2012 politics as well as this fall's coming battles in Washington. Also on the program, a "Top Line" tour of perhaps the best office in Washington -- the headquarters of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Watch "Top Line" LIVE at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. http://abcn.ws/toplineliveabc

"TOP LINE" REPLAY: Representative Bill Keating, D-Mass., the ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security subcommittee for oversight, was on the coast at his home in Monument Beach, Mass. when Hurricane Irene hit last weekend. Yesterday, he praised the government's reaction to the disaster, telling "Top Line" that "preparation was excellent." "I'm just happy that no one was hurt in my community, no one was hurt here. Unfortunately we can't say that for every community." http://abcn.ws/n72Uad

WHITE HOUSE WATCH: President Obama will spend today in Minneapolis speaking at the American Legion Annual Conference, where he will thank veterans for their service in advance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and discuss the status of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ABC's Mary Bruce reports.


PRIMARY MOVES: WHAT WILL ARIZONA DO? "Gov. Jan Brewer is exploring ways to put a spotlight on Arizona concerns as she considers alternatives that include moving up Arizona's presidential primary, an idea that would like reshuffle the calendar for picking a Republican presidential nominee," the Associated Press' Paul Davenport reports. "Brewer is still leaning toward moving up the state's primary to Jan. 31 to give Arizonans a louder voice nationally but is considering her options, spokesman Matthew Benson said Monday. Besides changing the primary date from Feb. 28, the alternatives include staging a debate for presidential candidates in Arizona, Benson said. 'A debate would be one way to really shine the light on Arizona issues, such as illegal immigration and border issues,' Benson said. He declined to provide details on the possibility of a debate or on other possible options. … Holding the Arizona primary on Jan. 31 would violate Republican party rules to punish states that try to leapfrog four early voting states -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And if Arizona moves up its primary, at least some of the other states are expected to move up their February dates in order to still go first. … Under party rules adopted last year, states that violate the timetable could lose half of their delegates to the party's 2012 national convention, but there's no indication that would deter Brewer." http://bo.st/r4WPiv

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