At a fundraiser for Barbara Mikulski in Maryland, Vice President Biden said: “Maybe the best thing to happen to us lately is the Tea Party wins. Maybe it’ll shake some of our constituency out of their lethargy.” And he guaranteed Dems hold the House: “I guarantee you we’re going to have a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate. I absolutely believe that."
The New York Times takes a look at Americans for Job Security, a nonprofit advocacy group that “far from being a national movement advocating a ‘pro-paycheck message,” the group is actually a front for a coterie of political operatives, devised to sidestep campaign disclosure rules.”
CALIFORNIA: "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's comparison of Fresno and Detroit has drawn criticism from the Motor City mayor's office, with his spokeswoman calling on the billionaire GOP candidate to focus on investing in communities hit hardest by the financial meltdown," AP writes. Whitman told the San Jose Mercury News: "Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." That led to a series of backtracks, including: "What I was trying to communicate was Fresno, the Central Valley, has been very hard hit. As hard hit as places like Detroit. So that's what I was trying to communicate. "Listen, I want people to really understand that what is so heartbreaking is the high unemployment rate in Fresno. Fresno is a great town, I love the Central Valley."
COLORADO: “Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck is up today with a new, positive ad, featuring a woman named Betty Grauberger praising his work as a district attorney and calling Buck a "good man." The ad pitches Buck to a group of voters - senior citizens - whom Democrats have aggressively targeted with commercials warning that Buck wants to privatize Social Security,” Politico notes.
DELAWARE: “Rep. Mike Castle is planning on polling a potential three-way Senate race to test his chances as a write-in candidate,” Politico reports.
GEORGIA: "The controversy over Rep. Sanford Bishop's decision to award charity scholarships to his relatives has expanded as four more students tied to the south Georgia Democrat and his wife have acknowledged receiving them, as well," the AP reports. "Bishop earlier this month repaid the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation $6,350 to cover the cost of scholarships that he provided to his stepdaughter and niece.”
MISSOURI: “Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Roy Blunt has backed off an earlier pledge to participate in a series of debates with Democrat Robin Carnahan, agreeing to just two face-offs — neither of which will appear on network television,” Politico reports. “The seven-term GOP congressman and the secretary of state will go head to head just twice on two consecutive days in mid-October – despite a request by Blunt just a month ago for six debates, including two on national television.”
NEVADA: Fight Night: "A Nevada Senate candidate forum ended in a scuffle, and this time, it wasn't just the candidates exchanging jabs." At "an impassioned event during which the crowd both heckled and cheered Republican Sharron Angle and Democrat Harry Reid," a man pushed a girl over and punched her friend in the face, AP reports.
NEW YORK: In NY-23, despite losing the GOP nomination to Matt Doheny, Doug Hoffman will run on the Constitution Party ticket, giving the edge in this race to Democrat Bill Owens, who won in a three-way race in a special election in 2009 involving Hoffman as well.
WEST VIRGINIA: “The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch ads in the West Virginia Senate race today, a seven-figure expenditure that strongly suggests the party thinks they can pull off an upset in the Mountain State,” the Washington Post’s Cillizza reports.