Friday’s campaign round-up


Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* President Obama’s campaign unveiled this new ad late yesterday, going after Mitt Romney for deceptive claims in their debate, most notably about taxes. The spot is set to air in seven battleground states.

* The Obama campaign’s $150 million fundraising haul in September is a record for any presidential candidate in either party.

* In a cost-saving move, the National Election Pool will not conduct exit polls this year in 19 states that have been deemed non-competitive.

* In Montana, U.S. Senate candidate Denny Rehberg (R) sued his local fire department a couple of years ago when wildfires damaged an undeveloped part of his property. Now, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is reminding voters of the lawsuit, which was eventually dropped, but not before costing local taxpayers thousands in legal fees.

* As if things couldn’t get worse for Missouri’s Todd Akin (R), we learned yesterday that the right-wing Senate candidate also failed to report almost $130,000 in pension payments over the last 10 years.

* In Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren’s (D) campaign has launched a new radio ad, criticizing Sen. Scott Brown (R) over his support for Justice Antonin Scalia.

* New polling from Latino Decisions shows Obama leading Romney among Latino voters in Florida by 34 points, and in Nevada by 63 points.

* And I’ve seen plenty of celebrity endorsements of politicians, but I don’t recall ever seeing anything like this video of actor/comedian Steve Martin endorsing Bob Kerrey’s (D) Senate bid in Nebraska.

Friday's campaign round-up