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* Mitt Romney slammed President Obama's leadership in the Middle East during a major foreign policy speech Monday morning. “We cannot support our friends and defeat our enemies in the Middle East when our words are not backed up by deeds," Romney said. Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki called the speech Romney’s seventh attempt to reboot his foreign policy vision.

* Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) raised $2.4 million during the third quarter, meaning he edged out Sen. Jon Tester (D), who last week announced hauling in $2.3 million. Rehberg ended the period with $1.7 million in the bank, while Tester finished with $1.3 million.

* The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action released a new TV ad hitting Romney over education. “If you take away early childhood education, slash K-12 funding and cut college aid for middle class families they won’t go far. Yet that’s exactly what Mitt Romney wants to do," says the narrator. 

* Freshman Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) leads Democratic challenger Pat Kretilow 51 percent to 40 percent in a Republican poll conducted by Glen Bolger for American Action Network. 


* The National Rifle Association is stepping up its involvement in the campaign. The NRA released an anti-Obama TV ad on Monday, and also endorsed Rep. Todd Akin (R) in the Missouri Senate race and Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) in his race against Republican challenger Keith Rothfus

* Former Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine and former senator George Allen (R-Va.) will debate tonight at 8 p.m. The Post's Virginia Politics Blog will live-tweet and live-stream it.  

* Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (Wis.) said Romney's widely praised debate performance last week "raised the bar" for him to do well against Vice President Biden on Thursday.  

* Missouri Republican gubernatorial nominee Dave Spence is out with a new contrast ad called "Choice" that misspells the word "governor" in one of the captions directing viewers to ""

* House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) says the central issue of the 2012 campaign is taxes. 


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