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* Moderator Candy Crowley will be allowed to ask follow up questions during tonight's town hall debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney. Both campaigns wanted to limit Crowley's role, but the Commission on Presidential Debates said Tuesday afternoon that it wasn't budging.

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said in an interview that he is "not well" and has doctor's appointments twice a day near his home in Washington. Jackson underwent treatment for bipolar disorder at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota earlier this year. Jackson also faces a federal investigation of his campaign's finances.  

* The conservative super PAC American Crossroads launched a $11.1 million ad buy that asks Obama: "Where are the jobs you promised?" The ad will air in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. Notably, it won't air in Wisconsin, where Republicans have been bullish about competing, but polling shows Obama still leads. Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Romney, is up in Wisconsin.  

* Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) had a big third quarter, raising $5.4 million. Brown's take was nearly $1 million more than state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R), who raised $4.5 million. Both candidates spent big, with Brown dishing out $7 million and Mandel using $5 million.  

* Ross Perot, the Texas billionaire who was twice a third-party presidential candidate in the 1990s, endorsed Romney. “At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home, and our constitutional freedoms,” Perot wrote in a Des Moines Register op-ed announcing his decision. 


* Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will campaign with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (Wis.) in Ohio on Wednesday. The event outside of Cleveland will mark the first time Rice has stumped with the GOP ticket. Rice's speech was a big hit at the GOP convention in Tampa, so it's a bit surprising she has not campaigned more. 

* Obama's pre-debate meal tonight: steak and potatoes. 

* Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) outraised former congressman Pete Hoekstra (R) during the third quarter and ended the period with more money in the bank. Stabenow raised nearly $1.8 million and ended September with more than $2.8 million, while Hoekstra brought in $1.4 million and banked $1.1 million. 

* The Bipartisan Policy Center will host its fourth annual political summit at Tulane University in New Orleans on Nov. 15. James Carville and Mary Matalin will co-host "Beyond the Ballot: A Government in Transition," which will look back at the November election and ahead to the transition between the campaign and governing. 


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