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* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has canceled another week of its ad reservation in Rep. Larry Kissell's (D-N.C.) district, according to an aide who tracks media buys -- another sign that Kissell faces tough odds in his reelection campaign. Republicans re-drew Kissell's district to be significantly more conservative in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process. Democrats had already canceled one week of their reservations in the district, and now they have also canceled the following week -- Oct. 9-Oct. 16. They still have time reserved for the final three weeks of the campaign. “Larry Kissell is battle-tested and has won tough fights by gaining the support of Independents and Republicans," DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson said. "Kissell is leading in his polling and can win against Washington insider Richard Hudson, who is running a lackluster campaign and supports an agenda to end Medicare.”


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* Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) hit President Obama over foreign policy Monday, comparing current turmoil in the Middle East to the 1979-1980 hostage crisis in Iran. “I mean, turn on the TV and it reminds you of 1979 Tehran,” Ryan said at an Ohio town hall. ”They’re burning our flag in capitals all around the world. … And what is the signal the government is sending to the rest of the world?”

* More voters trust Obama over Mitt Romney to address the issues facing Medicare, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Swing States poll. By a margin of 50 percent to 44 percent, voters trust Obama more in the survey of voters in 12 key swing states. Obama's swing state margin on mirrors his national margin on the Medicare question, which is 51 percent to 43 percent over Romney. 

* The DCCC is up with its first TV ad linking a Republican candidate to Mitt Romney. In New York's 19th District, the DCCC is running an ad that says both Rep. Chris Gibson (R) and Romney "wanted to end the Medicare guarantee to pay for even more tax breaks for the wealthy." Democrat Julian Schreibman is running against Gibson. 

* Rep. Chris Murphy (D) is up with a new TV ad in the Connecticut Senate race that says Republican nominee Linda McMahon "demeaned" women as CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. 


* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) will keynote the New Hampshire Republican convention on Saturday. 

* Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) trails Democratic challenger Joe Garcia 50 percent to 41 percent, according to a new Democratic poll conducted for House Majority PAC and the Service Employees International Union. Obama leads Romney 54 percent to 41 percent in Florida's new 26th District, according to the Benenson Strategy Group poll conducted earlier this month. Rivera has faced ethics probes, spurring Democratic enthusiasm about the pickup opportunity. 

* Last week wasn't a good one for Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on Monday. “We had a bad week -- if the election were going to be held tomorrow that would be a problem, but there’s a lot of ground to cover in the next 42 days," he said, adding, “I don’t think we need to overreact on this.”


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