Grover Norquist thinks 9-9-9 is like a tapeworm, McCain thinks Obama’s bus is ugly, and Rick Perry’s campaign thinks debates are circuses.

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* In an interview on ABC News’ “TopLine” today, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist called former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax plan “very dangerous.” He argued that each of the three taxes could end up growing, saying it was like “[putting] tapeworms in your tummy to try and maintain your weight — they may have their own idea about their growth patterns and what they want to do.”

* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) thinks President Obama’s bus is ugly. “I must say again I have never seen an uglier bus than a Canadian one,” the 2008 presidential candidate said in a speech on the Senate floor today of the vehicle Obama is using to push for the American Jobs Act in Virginia and North Carolina. “He is traveling around on a Canadian bus touting American jobs.”

* Unauthorized disbursements by a former campaign treasurer accused of embezzlement cost the re-election bid of California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) $4.7 million, according to the campaign’s estimates. The wealthy lawmaker quickly loaned her campaign $5 million to offset the loss. Kinde Durkee was arrested last month; she’s accused of siphoning money from multiple California Democrats. Rep. Linda Sanchez reports losing $322,000.

* Voters are getting a pro-Republican push poll in the Kentucky gubernatorial election, set for Nov. 8th. The poll accuses Gov. Steve Beshear (D) of exaggerating the number of jobs created during his tenure and avoiding debates, among other things. Beshear has a very comfortable lead over state Senate President David Williams (R). It’s hard to imagine anything changing that dynamic this late in the game.


* ABC News is teaming up with local WMUR-TV for a New Hampshire debate, three days before the state’s primary (whenever that is). Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will moderate, along with WMUR’s Josh McElveen.  

* Ex-Rep. Heather Wilson (R) is rounding up some conservative support in her New Mexico Senate campaign. New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission Chairman Pat Lyons and five state legislators just backed Wilson — good news for a moderate, establishment candidate. Wilson also raised more than three times Lt. Gov. John Sanchez in the third quarter.

* A defector from Cain’s Iowa team has signed up to work for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. Tina Goff, who was Cain’s Iowa state director, quit because she felt her boss wasn’t investing enough in the state. She said in a statement that Santorum “has shown a tremendous commitment to Iowa.”

* A spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry is dismissing debates as unimportant to the presidential candidate’s strategy. “Debates are one aspect of the political process, but people in the states want to meet the governor,” Mark Miner told National Review this weekend. “They want to hear him firsthand, not filtered through the circus of a debate.”

* Mogul Donald Trump is doing a tele-townhall with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). The presidential candidate called the phone-in event "incredible opportunity" to learn from someone "who knows firsthand that Barack Obama's failed policies are crippling our nation's job creators." The plan was apparently news to Trump himself, who said he learned of the event from “Fox and Friends.”

* Most importantly: The Fix’s own Politics & Pints is tonight! If you live anywhere near Washington, DC you have plenty of time to get to Capitol Lounge by 7 pm. Nothing but the best in draft beer, political trivia and highly-valuable Fix t-shirts will be served.



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