Another endorsement for Perry, who was “taken aback” by some cheers at last night’s debate, Nirvana’s bassist weighs in, and American Crossroads is going after McCaskill.

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president. “Governor Rick Perry has the strongest record of job creation, fiscal discipline, and executive branch leadership among the presidential candidates,” he said in a statement. “I consider Governor Perry a friend and I am proud to endorse his campaign for President.”

* Perry says he was “taken aback” by cheers in the crowd at Monday’s Tampa debate when Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) suggested that a young man who decides not to buy health insurance and suddenly needs intensive care should be left to die. “We're the party of life,” Perry told NBC News today. “We ought to be coming up with ways to save lives.”

* Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has responded on Twitter to Jon Huntsman’s odd Nirvana reference in last night’s debate. “Kurt Cobain Lives in the GOP presidential debate! Kurt supported Jerry Brown for president in 1992,” he wrote, adding “I'll campaign for @JonHuntsman and if elected, he'll nominate me for Dept. Of Bass Tossers. I will go down in flames in Senate confirmation.”

* The conservative Karl Rove-linked super PAC American Crossroads is after Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) with radio ads and bill boards in Missouri. The radio buy is $75,000; there are also two billboards leading into the St. Louis and Springfield airports.


* Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has released his first negative ad against challenger Bill Maloney (R) in the October 4th special election, another sign that the race is tightening. The spot, “Greedy,” accuses Maloney of “using West Virginia for personal gain” and then moving to Georgia. There’s a debate between the two candidates tonight.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is headed to Arizona for a roundtable in Tucson and a town hall meeting in Sun Lakes. On Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced that the state would flout Republican National Committee rules and hold its primary on Feb. 28, a week earlier than allowed.

* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) shot down vice-presidential talk on Fox News today, a day after he endorsed Perry for president. “I don't want a job from Rick Perry, I want Rick Perry to create jobs here in Louisiana,” Jindal said.

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