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More midterms: Michelle to hit the trail

Michelle to hit the trail: “First Lady Michelle Obama will soon take her first real plunge into partisan politics since her husband won the presidency 21 months ago, making select appearances for Democratic candidates hoping that her popularity will excite crowds and donors in a bleak election season,” The Chicago Tribune reports. Her campaign schedule won't be a heavy one, the White House said Monday. She makes public appearances about three days a week, and any campaigning she does for the midterm election will be within that time frame, a White House official said in an interview. Michelle Obama will deliver a campaign speech that is largely upbeat. She won't castigate individual Republicans, said the White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.”

Roll Call notes that several thought-to-be vulnerable Democrats, including Walt Minnick (ID-1), Zack Space (OH-18), Jason Altmire (PA-4), Patrick Murphy (PA-8) and Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8) “who all took over Republican-held districts in 2006” were left off the GOP’s initial ad reserve intended buy.

COLORADO: Betsy Markey is up with her first ad in CO-4, and she criticizes bailouts. She says they “offend” her. “Bailout is just another word for cop out,” the Democrat says.

GEORGIA: The Republican Governors Association has a new TV ad linking Obama to Roy Barnes.

ILLINOIS: “Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Tuesday during a visit to the Illinois State Fair in Springfield that he supports the mosque site. He says while he sympathizes with those who lost loved ones, Americans must stand up for freedom of religion even when it's difficult,” the AP says. “Meanwhile, Republican candidate Mark Kirk's campaign said in a statement that he thinks placing the mosque near Ground Zero causes relatives of the victims ‘undue pain’ and the mosque should move to a "less controversial site.’”

NEVADA: Dina Titus is up with her first ad in NV-1. It attacks banks and focuses on the problem of home foreclosures, featuring people who say she helped them save their homes. It also touts that she voted against the bank bailouts.

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the White House he would be disagreeing with President Obama on a controversial mosque near New York's Ground Zero before he went public,” The Hill reports.

PENNSYLVANIA: Roll Call profiles PA-10, where the paper says, “If recent polling is accurate, [little-known former U.S. Attorney Tom] Marino may be positioned to upset the better-funded, better-known and better-liked Democratic incumbent, Christopher Carney, in this conservative slice of the American heartland. The race, like several across Pennsylvania, has drawn a personal visit from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in recent days. And both former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have contributed to Marino’s campaign so far. ‘If the Republican Party doesn’t win this district, they don’t win the majority,’ says Marino’s communications director, Jason Fitzgerald. Still, having reported just over $11,000 on hand at the end of June, and being unknown by more than 40 percent of the electorate, Marino’s campaign is by no means pulling away from Carney, a Blue Dog Democrat and Navy Reserve commander who pilots Predator drones and isn’t shy about criticizing his opponent.” For some perspective, an FEC search shows that Carney has almost $800,000 cash on hand, by comparison.