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* The Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama raised $150 million in September, but the Obama campaign says that is not accurate. A campaign official says it had a record month, but that the $150 million figure isn't right. 

* Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) Democratic opponent in Wisconsin's 1st District outraised him during the third quarter, $770,000 to $567,000. Ryan, who is simultaneously running for reelection to the House and vice president, finished the period with over $4 million in the bank, while the Zerban campaign didn't immediately provide its cash on hand number (it had about $527,000 on hand as of late July). Ryan is not considered vulnerable. 

* Obama went on offense at a campaign rally a day after his debate with Mitt Romney, saying the Republican nominee misrepresented his positions because “he does not want to be held accountable.”

* Vice President Biden offered an optimistic take on Obama’s Wednesday debate performance, even as the emerging narrative is that Romney turned in a better performance. “I think the president did well. He was presidential,” Biden said before a campaign appearance in Iowa. “You just don’t ever know what game, what positions Gov. Romney’s going to come with.” 

* The Obama campaign is out with a new ad attacking Romney with footage from the debate. The ad calls into question Romney's claim that he is not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. The Romney campaign, meanwhile, released a new ad arguing Obama will raise taxes on the middle class. 

Al Gore suggested that Denver's altitude might have affected Obama’s debate performance. 


* Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo.) claimed the highest-paid staffer in his congressional office is a woman, but according to Legistorm, Communications Director Steve Taylor is Akin's highest paid staffer. Akin also failed to report 10 years worth of of Missouri legislative pension income on his congressional disclosure report. He called it an "unintentional oversight."

* Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) leads former governor Linda Lingle (R) 54 percent to 37 percent in the Hawaii Senate race, according to a Benenson Strategy Group poll conducted Sept. 18-20 for the Hirono campaign. 

* Ann Romney will co-host ABC's "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Oct. 10, filling in for anchor Robin Roberts.

* A Quinnipiac University poll of the Connecticut Senate race shows Republican nominee Linda McMahon running about even with Rep. Chris Murphy (D). McMahon is at 48 percent and Murphy is at 47 percent in the survey. The race hasn't moved much from late August, when Quinnipiac showed McMahon up 49 percent to 46 percent over Murphy. 


The presidential debate. Autotuned.

With Aaron Blake