Biden: GOP 'Has Bullets Aimed At You' - Biden referenced "Young Guns," the book the Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., co-wrote with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., in his speech to union workers at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas Events Center. "They have guns but no bullets," a member of the crowd shouted.
"Unfortunately, the bullets are aimed at you," Biden replied, pointing at the man who had spoken and prompting laughter from the audience. http://abcn.ws/TwPlGi - (Saenz)
Comedy night - The candidates will be nice and make fun of each other at the Alfred E. Smith dinner tonight. Then Obama appears on the Daily Show.
Romney Sees Gallup Bump* - Mitt Romney's post-Denver debate rise in the polls took an even steeper upward climb today, when Gallup released a new survey showing the Republican candidate with a seven-point national lead over President Obama, 52-45 percent.
Amy Walter: "If Romney retains a lead in this poll suggests that his big win in Denver and solid performance at Hofstra helped him to finally clear the 'acceptability' bar with those wavering Obama 2008 voters he needs to win over."
AND - "The Romney campaign has long held that this race will resemble 1980 where the race remained very close until the very end when it broke dramatically in Reagan's favor. Like Romney, Regan's big break came from a solid debate performance. However, the political polarization in this country is much more intense and solidified than it was in 1980."
Nicolle Wallace: "The numbers suggest that the first debate permanently liberated Romney from the caricature that had been created by the Obama campaign's ad onslaught and by Romney's own high profile gaffes."
*The figures released today present a rolling average of results gathered during the past week. So any boost President Obama might have gained from his more energetic showing in New York Tuesday night is still mostly missing.
George's Bottom Line - Answers the question, "How are people still undecided and what would help them make a decision?" http://abcn.ws/TgdpDe
Billy Graham's Website Removes Mormonism from Cult List - http://abcn.ws/R3PQJ4
Women Fatigue - It doesn't matter if you're tired of reading stories about the war for women or if journalists are tired of writing them. That's clearly where both campaigns see the last leg of this race playing out.
Ann Romney on The View - She gave $150 to planned parenthood more than a decade ago, but today she emphatically stated her own stance on the topic of abortion today, saying: "I am pro-life."
"The good news is I'm not running for office and I don't have to say what I feel. But I am pro-life. I'm happy to say that," she said. Mrs. Romney said her husband as governor of Massachusetts "governed, when he ran, as a pro-choice," but that his position changed when it came to creating embryos for stem-cell research. http://abcn.ws/Tgi2ND
Meanwhile - Obama Ad Paints Romney as "Delighted" to End "All Abortions" - A new ad from the Obama campaign that will air in Virginia replays, slightly out of context, Romney saying he'd be "delighted" to sign a bill banning "all abortions."
Devin Dwyer has more: "The Obama ad points to Romney's response during a 2007 CNN GOP primary debate when asked whether he would sign a bill "banning all abortions." "I'd be delighted to sign that bill," Romney said at the time. He has since stated that he would allow for the exceptions. In full context, which is left out of the ad, Romney suggests that he doesn't think outlawing abortions in all cases is politically possible or socially desired, though he does seem to make clear that his personal preference would be to do so. "I would welcome a circumstance where there was such a consensus in this country that we said, we don't want to have abortion in this country at all, period," Romney said at the time. "That would be wonderful. I'd be delighted." http://abcn.ws/Pd8r9g
And Obama made a more tailored argument in New Hampshire - http://abcn.ws/QuTbBj
Paul Ryan Pushes Flexible Schedules, Job Training for Women - Per Shush Walshe Ryan said, "What so many women need is the ability to have flexibility," Ryan said. "Especially if you're women with children, you want to have flexibility to have the kind of a job that gives you the ability to meet all of your needs and your family. That's what job training skills are all about, that's what growth is all about."
Ryan said, "Most women get their jobs from successful small businesses," and promised a Romney-Ryan administration would help grow those businesses, which he said are more flexible about many women's schedules.
"We've got to champion small businesses which are the kinds of companies that have flexible job schedules that women can get easily back in to the work force. http://abcn.ws/WtTO2Y
Blotter - Romney Affiliation Has Benefited In-Laws - Mitt Romney's rise in business and politics has served as a marketing bonanza for two of his wife's closest relatives, both Utah-based businessmen who have benefited from, and are said to have traded on, their connection to the presidential candidate even as they suffered a succession of embarrassing business and legal difficulties. Ann Romney's brother Roderick Davies, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and nephew Ryan Davies, who oversaw a now-bankrupt green energy venture, have both been out on the campaign trail to offer support for Romney. But back in Utah, the two men have left a trail of unhappy business partners, a number of whom spoke with ABC News to express concern about how the two might try and capitalize on a Romney presidency. http://abcn.ws/R3C6xN
Springsteen Flips, Appears for Obama in Ohio With Bill Clinton - From Krieg and Dwyer -
Setlist: 1) "No Surrender" from "Born In the USA" -1984 2) "The Promised Land" from "Darkness on the Edge of Town" - 1978 3) "Youngstown" from "The Ghost of Tom Joad" - 1995 4) "We Take Care of Our Own from "Wrecking Ball" - 2012 5) Covered Woodie Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" 6) Closed with "Thunder Road"
In a blog posted on his website Wednesday, "The Boss" explained his reasoning for re-entering the campaign fray. He had originally said he'd sit 2012 out.
"For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together," he wrote. "We're still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country …where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone."
He repeated those words, almost verbatim, during his time on stage at the Parma, Ohio rally/concert he co-headlined with Clinton, who spoke for about a half-hour before introducing the rock hero.
Clinton Opened - Like in his convention speech, Clinton also questioned the "arithmetic" that underlies the Romney-Ryan tax plan. The Republican ticket has proposed an across-the-board 20 percent rate cut, with lost revenue being offset by the closing of loopholes they've yet to name. "He thinks we're dumb," Clinton said. "He's hiding his budget and he's hiding his taxes, too." (Romney has released two years of returns and submitted an accountant's summary of his past tax record.)
Ryan Williams, a Romney campaign spokesman, responded to Clinton's comments - specifically one in which he conceded the economy was still struggling - in an email. "We agree with former President Bill Clinton. The economy has not been fixed under President Barack Obama… Mitt Romney believes we can do better by creating 12 million new jobs with higher take-home pay, cutting spending to put our nation on course for a balanced budget, and actually fixing our economy."
All things Bubba and Bruce - http://abcn.ws/TyxT4D
Elizabeth Hartfield Goes Deep Into the Mind of Angus King - http://abcn.ws/R62OYT
Downing Doma - A federal appeals court in New York today struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, (DOMA) ruling that section 3 of the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. "DOMA's classification of same-sex spouses was not substantially related to an important government interest," Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for the 2-1 court, "Accordingly, we hold that section 3 of DOMA violates equal protection and is therefore unconstitutional." The opinion marks the second time an appeals court has struck down the law, but the first time that an appeals court has relied upon a heightened scrutiny standard in doing so. http://abcn.ws/R6XswA
Pew - Majority of Latinos Support Gay Marriage - Univision's Jordan Fabian reports: "One effective tool Republicans have used in the past to woo Hispanic voters appears to be losing its edge: social issues. A new Pew Hispanic Center study released Thursday showed that more than half of Latinos now support gay marriage than oppose it (52-34 percent). To underscore how dramatic a shift that is, consider that in 2006 - just six years ago - the number was essentially reversed, with 56 percent opposing same-sex marriage and 31 percent supporting it." - http://abcn.ws/XuJTs2 The Myth of the 'Obama Phone' - ABC News http://abcn.ws/QxsE4b
Micro Level - VA Health Commissioner Resigns Over Abortion Clinic Regs - AP - Virginia's health commissioner says she is resigning because of the state's strict new regulations for abortion clinics. Karen Remley submitted her resignation to Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday. Her resignation is effective immediately. Remley said in the letter that issues surrounding the development and enforcement of the clinic regulations have created an environment that compromises her ability to fulfill her duties. She did not elaborate. The state Board of Health adopted regulations last month that require existing abortion clinics in Virginia to meet the same construction standards as new hospitals. Abortion-rights advocates argued the strict standards could force most clinics out of business. http://abcn.ws/RIkYgz