Afternoon Fix: Ron Paul goes after Newt Gingrich

at 05:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Ron Paul’s latest target is Gingrich, Herman Cain is still reassessing, Nikki Haley is going to endorse, and Sean Bielat might run again.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Another sign of frontrunner status: Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) is going after former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in a new web ad running on conservative sites in Iowa and across the country. The hard-hitting spot highlights Gingrich’s profits from Freddie Mac and the health-care industry, his support for an individual health-care mandate, and his general shifts in positions over the years.

* Former Godfather’ Pizza CEO Herman Cain said today that he was “still reassessing and reevaluating” whether or not to stay in the presidential race and should have a decision in "several days." At the same time, Cain gave a speech in Ohio in which he gave no sign of quitting.

* At a press briefing today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she would “absolutely” endorse a presidential candidate, and that she would do so before the Iowa caucuses.

* The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund has endorsed Rep. Chris Murphy (D) for Senate in Connecticut. Murphy faces former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Rep. William Tong in the Democratic primary to replace retiring Sen. Joe Liberman (I).

* The Republican Governors Association is keeping the same leadership for the 2012 cycle: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell as chairman and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as vice-chairman. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was tapped as policy chairman. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is replacing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on the executive committee.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* In an interview airing on Fox News’ Hannity tonight, Gingrich is bullish. “And it's clear that across the country, people are saying, you know, I think we need Newt Gingrich,” he said. “Whereas I would have thought originally it was going to be Mitt and not-Mitt, I think it's going to -- it may turn out to be Newt and not-Newt.”

* Former Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio) will run for the seat he lost last fall to Rep. Bill Johnson (R). The GOP-drawn redistricting map would make this swing seat more Republican, but those lines are in dispute.

* Majority PAC, a super PAC run by Democratic Senate strategists, is going up on the air in Nebraska this afternoon with a TV ad supporting Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). The spot touts the endangered senator’s work on veterans’ issues. It’s a $72,000 buy in four media markets (basically statewide).

* Next Wednesday, all the major presidential candidates will gather in Washington, D.C. to speak to a Republican Jewish Coalition forum, billed as the “largest-ever gathering of Jewish Republican activists from around the country.” Republicans have been hoping to make a play for the Jewish vote in 2012.

* Sean Bielat, the Republican newcomer who gave Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) his toughest race in decades in 2010, is considering another run for the seat now that Frank is retiring. Republicans are bullish on the race, but even with redistricting its a deep blue district that President Obama would have won by 61 percent.

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