On This Week with George: Rahm and Rubio. Watch Sunday. http://abcn.ws/T3xlmp
Swing State Newspaper Endorsement Scorecard - Romney got the shaft from the Salt Lake Tribune, which has to sting for the Mormon candidate. But there are a lot of papers in swing states (which, lets face it, he probably cares more about) that endorsed Obama in 2008 and have chosen Romney this year. Abby Phillip on the newspaper endorsement scorecard – http://abcn.ws/WxiCqZ
Backdrops Full of Women – Romney brought up binders full of women at the debate. But at the Obama rally in Virginia today there was a backdrop full of them. Seriously - Tapper notes that there wasn’t a man in sight behind the president. Coincidentally, the campaign seems to be turning on who can appeal to moderate women. A cynical political watcher might think they cherry-picked women for the back drop: http://abcn.ws/WwQN20
Unemployment Drops in Presidential Battleground States – Unemployment dropped in all but two presidential battleground states last month, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. http://abcn.ws/UfRbRA (Chris Good)
Here’s the day’s lede from Russell Goldman:
After an evening spent in white ties and tails at the Al Smith dinner gently ribbing each other, the tone of those jokes today turned much more pointed, as the two men readied for their third and final debate in Florida on Monday. At an event at George Mason University today, the president was still making jokes, but they carried a punch.
“[Romney is] changing up so much and backtracking and side stepping we’ve got to name this condition he’s going through,” said the president.
“I think it’s called…’Romnesia,’” he added to cheers and laughter. “I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it.”
After stumping in Virginia today, the president will spend the weekend at Camp David preparing for the debate. – http://abcn.ws/Ugfhvq
Best Jokes from the Al Smith Dinner - http://abcn.ws/S8l9Ev
Obama Wasn’t As Funny on the Daily Show - Utilizing understatement, we guess, and trying to be funny on a comedy show, he referred to the tragedy in Benghazi as “not optimal” – http://abcn.ws/ROnDsv
Tapper – Documents Back Up Claims of Requests for Greater Security in Benghazi - Republicans on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have released new documents backing up claims by security personnel previously station in Libya that there was a shortage of security personnel in Benghazi.
The documents contain previously unreleased cables from Ambassador Stevens and his staff reflecting concerns about safety in the country.
The U.S. State Department did not have an immediate comment.
One signed by Stevens and titled “LIBYA’S FRAGILE SECURITY DETERIORIATES AS TRIBAL RIVALRIES, POWER PLAYS AND EXTREMISM INTENSIFY,” dated June 25, 2012, assess the increase in violence. “From April to June, Libya also witnesses an increase in attacks targeting international organizations and foreign interests,” Stevens wrote, describing attacks on a United Nations official in Benghazi, International Committee for the Red Cross buildings in Benghazi and Misrata, and IED at the mission in Benghazi, and RPG fired at the British Ambassador’s convoy, and an attack on the consulate of Tunisia. http://abcn.ws/QxgACf
Billboards Ignite Voter Inimidation Concerns – From our friends over at Univision – A series of billboards placed in poor, minority neighborhoods in Cleveland telling people that voter fraud is a felony have reignited concerns over voter intimidation and suppression tactics in key battleground states. http://abcn.ws/WMeG47
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, meanwhile, are in Florida. Ryan attended a fundraiser with Marc Leder, who also hosted the infamous ’47 percent’ fundraiser.
A Wedge Between Romney and Ryan? Notre Dame-BYU Football Game – Their families may agree on politics, but when it comes to football, the Romney and Ryan families’ college rivalry will be on display this weekend at the Notre Dame-BYU football game in South Bend, Ind. http://abcn.ws/RIBQ6Z (Arlette Saenz) (Altho the PM Note will be watching the oddly scheduled Big Game).
Ann Romney Makes Strides For Breast Cancer – Ann Romney will literally be taking large strides toward defeating breast cancer on Saturday morning, when she’ll walk in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k in Orlando, Fla. http://abcn.ws/R8OfUt (Jilian Fama)
Woman, 80, Could Face Jail Time for Stealing Obama-as-Hitler Posters-Eighty-year-old Nancy Lack was on her way to the gym when she saw something that enraged her – two women setting up several posters depicting President Barack Obama with an Adolf Hitler mustache.http://abcn.ws/T5Gi30 (Kyle Blaine)
Joe Biden Channels Newt Gingrich to Attack Ryan’s Budget-While going for the jugular on Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plans, Vice President Joe Biden borrowed words from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who’d called the Wisconsin congressman’s budget proposals “right wing social engineering.” http://abcn.ws/PfJRoc (Arlette Seanz)
Rep. Walsh Says No Need for Abortion to Save Mother’s Life-During a heated debate with Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth Thursday, Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh, R-Ill., said advances in medicine made it so there are no longer cases when an abortion would be necessary to save the life of a mother.http://abcn.ws/RNSIMZ (Sarah Parnass)
Third-Party Candidates to Debate Tuesday- If unenthusiastic voters aren’t satisfied with Monday’s final presidential debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, they should take comfort: There will be more debating to be had, with an entirely different set of men doing the talking.http://abcn.ws/VjX7uq (Chris Good)
Obama Has Biggest Fundraising Day Ever-President Obama on Oct. 17 had his single most lucrative day of campaign fundraising ever, an Obama campaign official confirmed to ABC News.http://abcn.ws/UeKGhZ (Devin Dwyer)
Mitt Romney and the Dockers of Destiny - http://abcn.ws/RKXLKF
Halloween 2012: Election-Style Costumes-Halloween is some children’s favorite holiday, but let’s face it, it can be stressful for adults. Coming up with a clever costume can be a challenge at times: You don’t want to be that person who phones it in and dresses like a vampire or a zombie, and you don’t want to repeat what you did last year. Luckily, a presidential election year offers lots of pop culture memes to adopt into a costume Oct. 31 (or, because Halloween is on a Wednesday this year, the Saturday night before).http://abcn.ws/TiZxrP (Elizabeth Hartfield)