BACHMANN: Politico first reported yesterday that campaign manager Ed Rollins will step back his day-to-day responsibilities and assume a "senior advisor" role. In an interview with Politico, Rollins cited age and his health. Politico followed with a second item reporting that deputy campaign manager David Polyansky is leaving the campaign due to strategic disagreements. Rollins and Polyansky are veterans of Mike Huckabee's 2008 campaign for president.
Robert Costa at NRO, writes, (via GOP 12): “In coming weeks, Bachmann’s campaign, sources say, will be focused on debates. But don’t expect Bachmann to go after Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, her tea-party competitor, at least initially. Bachmann, another adviser explains, is aiming to use the debate at the Reagan library this week to reassert her credentials and message, ‘in the style of her New Hampshire debate, not the Iowa debate, where she fought with [Tim] Pawlenty.’”
CBS reports Bachmann had dinner with Gov. Nikki Haley and spent Sunday night at the governor’s mansion.
The New York Times: “The change in roles for Mr. Rollins came on a day he was quoted in The Washington Post as expressing pessimism about Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign. ‘The Perry-Romney race is now the story, with us the third candidate,’ Mr. Rollins said. The moves raise questions about the future of Mrs. Bachmann’s campaign. After winning the straw poll in August, Mrs. Bachmann, of Minnesota, has struggled to maintain momentum, especially after Gov. Rick Perry of Texas entered the Republican contest.”
HUNTSMAN: The Huntsman campaign posted a new video on jobs entitled "#1 vs #47" comparing Huntsman to Romney, who unveils his jobs plan today in Nevada, NBC’s Jo Ling Kent reports. This comparison, which this time is an image of a beat up baseball mitt and images of Huntsman as governor, has been a common theme in Huntsman's campaign in New Hampshire.
PAUL: He’s gone up with a six-figure ad buy against Perry using Al Gore.
PERRY: “The new super PAC backing Rick Perry has drawn up plans to spend $55 million as part of an ambitious campaign strategy aimed at blowing away the Texas governor's rivals in early primary states and securing him the Republican nomination by next spring, according to internal committee documents obtained by NBC News,” NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports, adding, “If it realizes its goals, the super PAC — which calls itself ‘Make Us Great Again’ — will likely eclipse the financial operations of Perry's official presidential campaign committee, according to some Republican consultants.”
“Rick Perry missed his first opportunity to appear on a national stage with his Republican rivals, but the absence of the presidential front-runner did not keep him out of the conversation,” the Texas Tribune writes. “‘Certainly we missed him,’ said South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, the main organizer of the event and a leading voice of the Tea Party movement. ‘But I think, again, the candidates that we had here, all of them ... would do a better job than Barack Obama.’”
ROMNEY: “Mitt Romney traveled to this conservative state yesterday and stepped up his courtship of Tea Party supporters, as the intensifying GOP presidential campaign entered the fall political season,” the Boston Globe reports.
“U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who represents one of the most sought-after endorsements in this Republican presidential primary season, urged his supporters Monday to withhold their support from candidates and ‘continue to listen,’” McClatchy writes.