Afternoon Fix: ‘King of Bain’ ads airing tomorrow

at 05:34 PM ET, 01/11/2012

The anti-Romney Bain ads will start airing tomorrow, Herman Cain won’t endorse, Gingrich is having second thoughts but Perry isn’t, and Perry might not qualify for the next debate.

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FIRST ON THE FIX:

* Winning Our Future, the super PAC supporting former House speaker Newt Gingrich, is starting to air ads in South Carolina tomorrow using clips from the film. You can watch the 60-second ad here and the 30-second ad here. The PAC has made a $2.4 million buy in the state. The full half-hour video went online today. Gingrich’s campaign, meanwhile, is denying reports that he is planning to back off the Bain attacks.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Remember Herman Cain? The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO (who got 160 votes in New Hampshire last night) has decided not to endorse in the GOP primary after all. “I want my supporters to stay excited and enthused. If I pick one person, some of them may not like that one person, and that would fragment my supporters,” he explained.

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t letting up on Bain either. “I understand the difference between venture capital and vulture capitalism,” he told South Carolina voters. Meanwhile, Democrats are now attacking Romney for saying that criticisms of Wall Street are just “envy.”

* Perry does not actually meet the qualifications for the next CNN debate in South Carolina. But a Perry spokesman told National Review Online that the governor is participating nonetheless.

* Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has endorsed Romney. The presidential candidate endorsed Haslam in his 2010 gubernatorial race, and Haslam's father and brother had already assumed leadership positions in the presidential candidate's Tennessee operations.

* Republicans officially took control of the Virginia Senate today, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) casting the tie-breaking vote to give control of the equally-divided upper legislative chamber to the GOP. Democrats argued that the vote was unconstitutional.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Cain is appearing Thursday with Florida GOP Senate candidate Craig Miller for a “major announcement.” It’s most likely an endorsement in the crowded primary. Maybe Cain likes him because they both come from the food business — Miller is the former CEO of Ruth's Chris Steak House, and both served on the board of directors of the National Restaurant Association.

* Former Prince George’s County prosecutor Glenn F. Ivey has dropped his primary campaign against Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) in the state’s new 4th district. He had support from some local politicians but had trouble raising money. Two lesser-known Democrats – George McDermott and Ian Garner — are still in the primary.

* The Republican National Committee has named a new Hispanic outreach director, Bettina Inclan, who will focus on swing states with large Hispanic populations.

* The House Ethics Committee is extending its review of allegations of sexual harassment against Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) but did not order a formal investigating. Hastings denies the charges, made by a former aide.

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