Karl Rove thinks Perry did great, both sides are doubling down in New York, Nikki Haley doesn’t like Jon Huntsman and Gary Peters is official.

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* Texas Gov. Rick Perry might have said last night that Karl Rove has been going “over the top for some time,” but the famed Republican strategist was surprised by the attack and thinks his old client did a bang-up job in the debate. “Rick Perry had a formidable performance, particularly in the first part of the debate,” Rove said today on Fox News. As for Perry’s comment that he’s not “not responsible for Karl anymore,” Rove responded, “I didn’t realize I was under his personal care.”

* Both sides are pushing hard in surprisingly hot race for New York’s 9th district, with less than a week to go before the special election for former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has dropped half a million on television ads airing from Friday through Monday, and now the National Republican Congressional Committee is inquiring about ad time too. If Republican Bob Turner beats Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, it will scramble redistricting plans in the state.

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is hosting a breakfast for former Missouri GOP chair Ann Wagner, who is running for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Todd Akin (R) as he runs for Senate. The September 27 fundraiser will take place at a Sheraton in Clayton, Missouri and costs at least a $250 donation. Christie has become a popular headliner for fundraising events around the country.

* In case there was any doubt, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is not going to endorse former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Haley said “I am going to go with someone that philosophically I agree with.” Haley also dinged a reporter who wrote about the governor’s recent expensive trip to Paris. “God bless that little girl at the Post and Courier,” Haley said.


* Now Perry is going after Mitt Romney in memos, saying that the former Massachusetts governor is inconsistent on Social Security. In the book “No Apology,” Romney said the program faced “looming bankruptcy” and that “the American people have been effectively defrauded out of their Social Security.” In last night’s debate, Romney said Perry was wrong to call the program a failure and a Ponzi scheme. “Traditional political rhetoric and tap-dancing don't comfort Americans deeply concerned about the future of our nation,” Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said.

* It’s official: Rep. Gary Peters (D) is running against fellow Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke (D) in the Democratic primary for the 14th district next year. Peters does not currently live in the district, but under remapping his seat is decimated and much of the territory will go to the 14th. His centrist positioning might not play so well in this new majority-minority, overwhelmingly Democratic district.

* Rove appeared at a fundraiser for Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) today in Cape Girardeau, raising $160,000. A little less than half of that money was already reported in Kinder’s last quarter report. The fundraiser is a sign that, despite scandal over his past relationship with a stripper, Kinder is planning to run for governor.

* Just a week after announcing that he would step down for health reasons, former Florida Republican Party Chairman Dave Bitner has died. Bitner was battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

* Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), a possible vice-presidential pick, thinks the 2012 field is set. “I don’t think anybody else is getting in, I think it is almost too late,” the governor told a local NBC affiliate. “It’s September, it’s after Labor Day. There is kind of this top-tier that is being set and then some others.”

* President Obama is addressing a joint session of Congress tonight at 7 P.M., presenting his jobs plan. It will be the fifth time Obama has spoken to a joint session. We’ll be liveblogging on The Fix, as usual, starting around 6:30 P.M. Join us!


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