Afternoon Fix: Obama says gray hair just genetic

at 05:56 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Pressure isn’t making Obama go gray, Chuck Grassley isn’t endorsing, John Sununu is endorsing — and soon.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* President Obama denied today that he’s going gray from the pressure of his office. “My grandfather was grey by the time he was 29,” he told ABC News’ Jake Tapper. “So I figured it was going to come. It just happened to coincide with the presidency.” But presidents do have a tendency to age more quickly.

* Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon (D) is not running for governor in Washington state, contrary to recent rumors. Democrats already have a candidate for governor — Rep. Jay Inslee. But Reardon is considered a rising star in the party.

* If you’ve been holding your breath for the Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) endorsement, let go — he’s not backing anyone. “I’ve made a decision that I’m not going to endorse anybody,” he told reporters today. “There's so many candidates and we're so divided.”

* Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has endorsed Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D) for Senate in Wisconsin, another sign that there will not be a real primary here. “I know Tammy has the values, the vision, and the guts to be a force for the middle class in the U.S. Senate,” he said in an email to supporters.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu has narrowed his 2012 endorsement down to either Texas Gov. Rick Perry or former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. He plans to announce his choice either the last week in October or the first week in November.

* A new AP poll finds that 50 percent of Americans don’t think President Obama deserves reelection. In the same poll, 21 percent of respondents said they were less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate. Romney and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain are basically tied in the poll, taken before last night’s debate.

* New Hampshire GOP chairman Wayne MacDonald is now backing Secretary of State Bill Gardner in his confrontation with Nevada, after initially arguing that the state’s caucus did not count as a similar election. Party officials are working on a resolution to the date conflict.

* Everyone should check out the Post’s amazing new campaign finance explorer. Not only does it tell you how much each presidential candidate has raised and spent, it maps where the donations came from and charts how big they are. Seriously, it’s amazing.

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