A new poll shows Romney beating Obama in Florida by double digits, some good news for Pete Hoekstra and Adam Hasner, and Jon Huntsman would ask the rich to sacrifice.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* In an interview airing tonight on PBS, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman says he would call on the rich to “sacrifice.” But it’s not exactly what it sounds like. “I'm not saying higher taxes, but there are contributions they can make too,” he said. He proposed means-testing Medicare and Social Security, an idea House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has also floated.
* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) says he did not know about the Twitter account run by Eric Fehrnstrohm, one of his top advisers, mocking a Democratic rival. After initially directing reporters to Fehrnstrom, he told the Boston Globe: “While it’s clear Eric was seeking to inject a little levity into politics on his own time, I wasn’t aware of what he was doing.” Brown has “made clear to everyone on or associated with my team that this type of thing is not to happen again.”
* Being in Congress isn’t all that great, Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) wants constituents to know. “If you took the hours that I work and divided it into my pay," the $174,000 salary would not seem so high, he told about 125 people at a local retirement community. “And by the way, did I mention? They're shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that? If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I’ll just tell you: This job don't mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City.”
* Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told a local radio station that the White House promise that the stimulus would lower unemployment was “the stupidest thing that basically any administration probably ever said.” It’s worth noting that Obama never explicitly promised lower unemployment; a report from his economic advisers projected that unemployment would peak at 8 percent.
* Two big endorsements for former state Rep. Adam Hasner (R) in the Florida Senate race — Sally Bradshaw, a longtime aide to Jeb Bush, and Kathleen Shanahan, a former chief of staff to both Jeb Bush and Dick Cheney.
* A new poll in Florida shows President Obama’s approval numbers have fallen sharply, while former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney holds an early lead on Texas Gov. Rick Perry. The Sachs/Mason-Dixon Florida Poll shows Romney leading the GOP presidential primary with 28 percent, followed by Perry at 21 percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann at 13 percent, and businessman Herman Cain at 7 percent. In the general election, Romney leads President Obama 51 percent to 43 percent, while Perry and Bachmann are statistically tied. Obama’s approval is 41 percent, with 56 percent disapproving.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* American Crossroads is putting $250,000 into the special election for the old House seat of now-Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), attacking state Treasurer Kate Marshall (D) in her race against former state Sen. Mark Amodei (R). The election is on Sept. 13, but early voting begins in two days, and that’s where the conservative super PAC is focusing its energy at the moment.
* Warren Buffett is holding a fundraiser for President Obama next month at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. The “Economic Forum Dinner” will be moderate by former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee. Obama might run into Perry, who is raising money in New York around the same time.
* A big get for former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) — Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is planning to endorse him Monday in the primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D). Snyder defeated Hoekstra in a gubernatorial primary last year; his support could siginficantly expand his former rival’s fundraising capacity. Hoekstra, who got into the race last month after saying he wouldn’t run earlier in the year, faces a potentially tough primary challenge from charter school founder Clark Durant.
* Huntsman has announced his South Carolina Finance Team: Bill Stern, Gayle Averyt, Matt Devine, Bob and Tracey Doran, Hank Holliday, John S. Rainey, John Sowards, John B. White, Jr., Vivian Wong, and Anita Zucker. Stern the President and CEO of Stern and Stern Commercial Development, will serve as honorary chair of the team.
* The lineup for the Sept. 7 MSNBC/Politico debate is out: Bachmann, Cain, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Perry, Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum are all participating. The debate will air live from the Reagan Library on MSNBC beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News and John Harris of Politico will moderate. A portion of the Q&A session will be led by Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo, and the debate will also air in Spanish.
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