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GOP watch: Mac-Attack on the road

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John McCain will travel to Kansas City today for a health-care discussion at Children's Mercy Hospital. The event is hosted by Sen. Kit Bond. This will be the second McConnell-McCain health-reform event after visiting Houston's M.D. Anderson earlier this summer with Sen. John Cornyn. Later this week, McConnell and McCain will also travel to North Carolina and Florida.

Al Hunt writes about Tim Pawlenty. "He doesn't excite Republican passions like Sarah Palin, or bring the intellectual range of Newt Gingrich, the down-home humor of Mike Huckabee or the resources of Mitt Romney. He also brings none of their baggage, has a consistently conservative record, presents his views in a less-confrontational and more measured way, and has succeeded in a Democratic state." 

"Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday people "are hyperventilating" about his assertion that politics played a role in talk of raising the terror alert before the 2004 elections. 'A consensus was reached. We didn't go up. The process worked,' Ridge said in an interview on ABC's 'Good Morning America.' The former Pennsylvania governor, however, did not take back the statement in his new book, 'The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege,' that he worried at the time that politics was a consideration in discussions among high-level officials about whether to raise the color-coded terror alert to a higher level. He acknowledged there was a lively debate about it, but repeated that it was not done, and thus not an issue."