If I had a hammer….
It took a little bipartisanship to drive the first nail into the inaugural stage today. http://abcn.ws/Ulrmed
Latest Polling: Today, the latest Gallup tracking has Romney and Obama tied again, with 47 percent each.
In the battleground state of Nevada, a CNN/ORC poll released this afternoon shows Obama head of Romney but within the margin of error among likely voters, 49-46. Among registered voters, the poll shows Obama ahead by 6 percentage points, 50-44.
Manna for Mitt? - Obama Subliminally Suggests a Vote for Outside Washington - Romney Pledges, "I can change Washington."
Here's what Obama told ABC's partner Univision today - http://abcn.ws/SG2RHa
"And you know, I think that I've learned some lessons over the last four years. And the most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside. That's how I got elected, and that's how the big accomplishments, like health care, got done, was because we mobilized the American people to speak out. That's how we were able to cut taxes for middle-class families. So something that I'd really like to concentrate on in my second term is being in a much more constant conversation with the American people so that they can put pressure on Congress to help move some of these issues forward."
See because if you can only change Washington from the outside, why would you vote for the sitting president?
His point was a bit different in context, but it's the kind of opening Mitt Romney has been looking for.
"We face a Washington that's broken, that can't get the job done. The president today threw in the white flag of surrender again," said Romney at a campaign event in Sarasota. "He said he can't change Washington from inside, he can only change it from outside."
The full story from Dwyer and Friedman -
Watch Obama's most important first term lesson - http://abcn.ws/SFVq2V
Obama Challenged on Immigration - Jorge Ramos gave the president some tough questioning on whether he broke a promise by not pushing harder for comprehensive immigration reform - This is from Univision's Jordan Fabian - http://abcn.ws/SbZaOt
Blames GOP for inability to pass immigration reform - http://abcn.ws/Ptmnbo
Obama is the clear favorite among Hispanics. But judging by applause, Romney found a much friendlier Univision audience when he was interviewed on Wednesday.
Can Debates Move the Needle for Romney? - George Stephanopoulos says the Romney campaign is far from desperate in answer to a Twitter question. He can move the needle just by getting on the stage with the president he automatically rises in stature. http://abcn.ws/SG4STR
Warren vs. Invisible Brown? - Senate Votes Endanger Brown's Senate Debate - Sunlen Miller writes this pretty important political axiom: The first step towards winning a debate is showing up. But This afternoon Scott Brown said that he would need to stay in Washington and skip his debate with Elizabeth Warren if there turned out to be late-night votes.
That prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to declare that there would be no votes tonight. As he did so, Reid suggested Brown was trying to use the Senate as an excuse to get out of his debate."
"It's obvious to me what's going on," Reid said. "I've been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place. One of the senators who don't want to debate tonight won't be in a debate. While he can't use the Senate as an excuse, there will be no more votes today." http://abcn.ws/RACisq
More Than 30 Senate Republicans Hammer Obama on Senate Floor - More than 30 Senate Republicans took to the Senate floor this morning in back-to-back coordinated speeches with attacks aimed at President Obama and the Democratically-led Senate. http://abcn.ws/PLPFjY (Sunlen Miller)
Hatch's Opponent Says He 'Could Die' in Office - Senator Orrin Hatch's Democratic opponent in his Senate race appears to have found a new messaging plan: focus on Hatch's age. http://abcn.ws/PLMWah (Elizabeth Hartfield)
Ethics Committee to Hold Public Trial for Maxine Waters Friday - The ethics investigation of Maxine Waters, the California representative accused of steering $12 million in TARP funds to a minority-owned bank with ties to her husband, could come to an end soon. http://abcn.ws/P3r7Dt (John Parkinson)
'West Wing' Cast Re-Unites For Voting Ad - Leave it up to the cast of the "West Wing" to turn a rather mundane voting issue into a catastrophe so important it can only be described as "a cataclysmic event unrivaled by the likes of any calamity since the dawn of history." http://abcn.ws/PY7hMU (Amy Bingham)
George Allen on Mitt Romney's '47 percent': 'I Have My Own Point of View' - In Virginia's Senate debate on Thursday, George Allen became the latest down-ballot Republican to face questions about Mitt Romney and the "47 percent." His answer: Americans need jobs. http://abcn.ws/RDlaN3 (Chris Good)
'Deceased' Conn. Voter Found Alive, Can't Break Tie - A Connecticut judge sought to break a tie between two primary candidates for the General Assembly by opening an uncounted sealed ballot in court Wednesday, only to discover that the voter-once thought to be dead-had cast a ballot for a third candidate in the race. http://abcn.ws/RCYrRn (Russell Goldman)
House GOP Hammers Obama for 'Failure to Lead' - As the House of Representatives prepares to conclude its legislative business this week and bolt Washington for a six-week recess ahead of the election Nov. 6, Republicans deflected concerns about Mitt Romney's campaign today, launching a counterattack against President Obama with a barrage of complaints about the president's "failure to lead" during the past two years of divided Congress. http://abcn.ws/SFkVBm (John Parkinson)
White House Says Benghazi Consulate a 'Terrorist Attack' - For the first time, White House press secretary Jay Carney publicly characterized the deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a "terrorist attack." http://abcn.ws/Qoy8Sh (Devin Dwyer)
Obama 'Redistribution' Audio Clip Cited by GOP Was Truncated - The 14-year-old audio clip circulated by the Mitt Romney campaign this week to attack Barack Obama as favoring "redistribution" of wealth was "deceptively edited," Democrats say, leaving out important context that Obama provided in his next breath. http://abcn.ws/P3cosr (Devin Dwyer)
Church Official Pushes Mormon Voter Registration in Key Swing State - In a provocative move within a religious organization that has sought to display strict political neutrality, an official of the Mormon church has disseminated a presentation across the key swing state of Nevada that urges members to vote and speak "with one voice" in the coming Presidential election that pits Mormon Mitt Romney against President Barack Obama. http://abcn.ws/S70HQh (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Lynn Packer)
President Obama, First Lady to Appear Together on 'The View' - President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will appear on ABC's "The View" Tuesday for their first joint interview on the daytime TV talk circuit, the show's producers announced today. http://abcn.ws/PWODFl (Devin Dwyer)
New Union Ads Hit Romney, Republicans on Medicare - The Service Employees International Union is going after Mitt Romney and two freshman House Republicans on Medicare, with a flight of ads airing in three states. http://abcn.ws/T7GAZg (Chris Good)