Afternoon Fix: Bachmann to endorse Hoekstra

at 05:31 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Pete Hoekstra gets another big endorsement, Elizabeth Warren goes viral, Sarah Palin is fundraising and Bill Clinton is coming out with a new book.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* A big endorsement for Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra — Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is coming out in support of the former House member tomorrow morning. Hoekstra could face a tough primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) from charter school founder Clark Durant, who is announcing his bid tomorrow. But Republicans have been lining up behind Hoekstra. Meanwhile, Michigan Democrats are launching a website targeting Hoekstra, called HoekstraHoax.com, highlighting GOP complaints about the long-time lawmaker.

* A video of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) making the case that higher taxes on the rich is not “class warfare" has gone viral on liberal blogs as President Obama tries to make the same argument. “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody,” Warren says at an event from her recent listening tour. Warren is vying to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.). It’s her first campaign, so this is a good glimpse of what she might be like on the stump. Republicans are countering with a report that Warren is hoping to raise money from Wall Street bankers.

* The conservative super PAC American Crossroads and its nonprofit affiliate Crossroads GPS is expanding its communications team, with Nate Hodson joining in October as director of state and local media relations and Patrick Hynes of Hynes Communications coming on to do new media outreach.

* Another gubernatorial endorsement for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), who calls the 2012 candidate “the right leader for this moment in history.” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal both endorsed Perry earlier this month.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is fundraising off the possibility that she will run for president. A letter to supporters of her political action committee from treasurer Tim Crawford says Palin is “on the verge of making her decision of whether or not to run for office” and needs to “know that she has our support.” The letter notes that the money could go to other conservative candidates.

* More heat in the West Virginia gubernatorial race, coming up on Oct. 4th — the Republican Governors Association is out with its third ad, which disputes ads from acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) as misleading and hypocritical. “We need a referee,” the ad says.

* Bill Clinton is coming out with a new book. “Back to Work” will come out in November, and it will explain “how we can get out of the current economic crisis and lay a foundation for long-term prosperity,” according to the press release. So Clinton has known how to fix the economy this whole time and he won’t tell anyone because he was writing a book about it? Cold.

* There’s a debate tonight! Yup, it’s happening again. The actual event starts at 9 pm eastern time on Fox News (why so late? we wish we knew), but the liveblog machine will start cranking around 8:30 here on The Fix. In the meantime, here’s what to watch for.

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