Nervous About Romney Strategy in a 'Gimme Election' - Believe them or not, post-convention polls such as the one out today from ABC News and the Washington Post show some wind - or maybe more accurately, a slight breeze - at President Obama's back. A lot of ups and downs are expected between now and Election Day - with three debates, two jobs reports and more than 50 news cycles still to go - but Republican pundits have begun to fret that Mitt Romney can't continue to capitalize on the stubbornly weak economy.
We're seeing an increasing amount of hand-wringing by the Republican Talkerati - George Will, Laura Ingraham, Bill Kristol, Rush Limbaugh… Donald Trump! - http://abcn.ws/OE2HjQ
Republicans Eye Swing State Polls - Jon Karl has a GOP source who showed him some not public polling that suggests trouble for Romney in Ohio and Virginia. That sets up a difficult electoral map for Mitt - http://abcn.ws/THyKEO
11th Anniversary - Tables have turned - Politics and 9/11 from Greg Krieg - The party's relative silence on issues of war and national security at their national convention last month in Tampa, Fla., was a marked contrast to just eight years before, when Republicans from across the country gathered in midtown Manhattan, about three miles north of Ground Zero, to nominate President George W. Bush for a second term in the White House. Less than a decade later, the tables have turned. A new ABC News poll shows Obama with a 51-40 percent lead over Romney on the question of whom registered voters prefer to handle terror threats. At this time in 2008, Republican candidate John McCain led Obama by 20 points on the same question. That's a 31-point swing in just four years. As Vice President Joe Biden likes to say on the stump: "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!"
You heard nothing of the sort from President Obama or Biden or any of their high profile supporters today, the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Both the Obama and Romney campaigns have called off the dogs, pulling television ads and silencing surrogates for 24 hours. - http://abcn.ws/OdOIjf
But radio listeners in Miami did get to catch up on President Obama's interview with "Pimp the Limp DJ Laz."
"You're big time. You've got Pitbull and Flo Rida and all these guys just beating a path to your door," Obama said, buttering up Laz, according to Devin Dwyer. Turns out the interview was recorded Sunday and meant to run Monday. Still. http://abcn.ws/RQp6xR
Obama at 9/11 Memorial: 'No Act Of Terrorism Can Ever Change What We Stand For' - http://abcn.ws/P8mNDF (Mary Bruce)
It wasn't a political rally, but Romney did give a speech at the National Guardsmen convention Reno. He reaffirmed support for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan by 2014 - http://abcn.ws/PotBPr
He talked about his 9/11, when he was in D.C.. "Smelled like war" - http://abcn.ws/QbAmo5
Biden and Ryan both met with firemen - Paul Ryan went home to his congressional district - where he's still running for re-election and now has ads on the air - and served up some lasagna - http://abcn.ws/QbxR5a And about those ads for Congress - http://abcn.ws/UHZ3J5
Biden invited a Pennsylvania firefighter he'd met before back to the White House for a beer. 'No Bulls***". http://abcn.ws/TOwLgC
Clinton Campaigns on 9/11 Anniversary - There is one person breaking the unofficial 9/11 campaign truce: Bill Clinton, who appeared for Obama in Florida. http://abcn.ws/NYhaeM
Vladimir Putin Says Thank You Mitt Romney (for #1 geopolitical foe) - From Kirit Radia in Moscow - "The Russian leader said Romney's comments actually strengthened his resolve to oppose NATO's plan for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe, a system Russia believes will degrade its nuclear deterrent. The US insists the system is aimed at Iran, not Russia. "I'm grateful to him (Romney) for formulating his stance so clearly, because he has once again proven the correctness of our approach to missile defense problems," Putin told reporters, according to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. "The most important thing for us is that even if he doesn't win now, he or a person with similar views may come to power in four years. We must take that into consideration while dealing with security issues for a long perspective," he added, speaking after a meeting with Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, according to Interfax news agency." http://abcn.ws/THDuub
Issue: Internet Freedom and 2012 - OPINION by LESLIE HARRIS, Center for Democracy - "Common to both the Democratic and Republican platforms are vows to defend the Internet's core values of openness, innovation and free expression and to resist current efforts to shift control of the Internet toward governance by an international organization. All well and good, but can partisanship be laid aside when platform platitudes are replaced by real world policy debates?" http://abcn.ws/TOKFz9
Obama Will Not Meet With Israel's Netanyahu This Month - http://abcn.ws/TPhMTx
Congress Sings God Bless America on 9/11 Anniversary - Hundreds of Members of Congress gathered on the East Front steps of the Capitol late this morning to sing an emotional rendition of "God Bless America," to mark the eleventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. http://abcn.ws/RIWBxv (Sunlen Miller and John Parkinson)
Can Congress Avoid Fiscal Cliff? Boehner 'Not Confident At All' - House Speaker John Boehner bluntly assessed the prospects for a bipartisan agreement on deficit reduction and called on President Obama to demonstrate leadership by unveiling his administration's plan to avoid half a trillion dollars of defense cuts and a wave of expiring tax breaks set to take effect on January 1, 2013. "I'm not confident at all," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters at a Capitol Hill news conference Tuesday. "Listen, the House has done its job on both the sequester and on the looming tax hikes that'll cost our economy some 700,000 jobs. The Senate at some point has to act, and on both of these where's the president? Where's the leadership? Absent without leave." http://abcn.ws/OcTzkG (John Parkinson)