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Rick Santorum has his sights on the White House.

Rick Santorum has his sights on the White House. And, according to the candidate, “Satan has his sights on the United States of America.” We’ll get to the heart of Santorum’s comments—and whether the Right should be nervous over Santorum’s extreme rhetoric. msnbc Political Analysts David Corn and Michael Steele will discuss.


Then: The birth control issue is not going away. But will it keep independent women voters home on Election Day? We’re asking Washington Post reporter Melinda Henneberger and msnbc Political Analyst Joan Walsh.


Next up: NBC Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd has the latest NBC/Marist Poll numbers!


Plus: Why does Mitt Romney talk the way he does? He’s “severely conservative” and says things like “the trees are the right height.” What is that, and is it a hurdle he can overcome? We’re asking former Romney debate coach Brett O’Donnell and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson, who’s been on the campaign trail.