White House calls Eric Cantor hypocritical on Wall Street protests, Mitt Romney says his wife tells him he’s less awkward than he used to be, and another Democrat has dropped out in Massachusetts.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* At the conservative Christian Values Voters summit in Washington today, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) called the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters “growing mobs” that are “pitting ... Americans against Americans.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney shot back later: “I sense a little hypocrisy unbound here — what we’re seeing on the streets of New York is an expression of democracy. I think I remember how Mr. Cantor described protests of the tea party.”
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told the Post blog Right Turn that his wife has noticed that he’s less stiff than he was four years ago, even though he hasn’t. “I don’t notice any difference,’ he said. “I’m still the same person. But Ann tells me. Others tell me the same thing. I only imagine it is recognition that my job is to explain as clearly as I can [who I am] and let Americans select me or someone else.”
* Another Democrat has dropped his Massachusetts Senate bid, further paving the way for former Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren. “The attention given to the many qualities of Elizabeth Warren have fundamentally changed how all the candidates operate in this race, and it had particular consequences for me,” said activist Bob Massie in a statement. Newton Mayor Setti Warren dropped out last week. CityYear founder Alan Khazei is sitll in the primary. Meanwhile, a new Western New England University poll shows Sen. Scott Brown (R) leading Warren by just five points, 47 percent to 42 percent.
* Former Sen. George Allen (R) announced Friday he raised over $900,000 during the third quarter for the Virginia Senate race — a sizable haul, but down from $1.1 million in the second quarter of the year. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), who faces a tough primary challenge, raised $840,000 in the third quarter.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Iowa Republicans have tentatively moved their caucuses to Jan. 3, meaning the presidential race likely won’t start in 2011. The agreement won’t officially be voted on until Oct. 16. New Hampshire has yet to set a date and could leapfrog Iowa by holding a primary in December, but right now that seems unlikely.
* State Sen. Mike Parry has entered the race to challenge Rep. Tim Walz in Minnesota’s 1st district, joining a crowded field to take on the three-term Democrat. Walz has been a GOP target since taking office in 2006; last fall he faced his toughest race yet and won by five points.
* A new Pew Research Center study suggests Americans are not paying very close attention to the presidential race. Forty-six percent of respondents could not name any of the Republican candidates. Just 28 percent named Texas Gov. Rick Perry and 27 percent named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. By contrast, large majorities could name the Democratic frontunners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at this point in the last cycle.
* North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue (D) plans to vote against a proposed change to the state constitution banning gay marriage and civil unions. “I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, ” she said in a statement. But, Perdue added, the economy is more important right now, and “a number of legal experts have argued that this amendment ... could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in our state.” State law already limits marriage to a man and a woman.
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