Posted at 6:22 AM on October 30, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Daily Digest
Welcome to the Daily Digest, where Clinton stumps for Obama in Minnesota, candidates in the 3rd and 6th districts debate today, and Hurricane Sandy alters the presidential campaign.
Former President Bill Clinton will be campaigning here today for President Barack Obama.
He'll be in Minneapolis at the McNamara Alumni Center on the U of M campus at 9:30 a.m. and in Duluth at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kirby Student Center at 12:30 p.m. His stop is part of a broader swing through a handful of battleground states.
Meanwhile, both Obama and Mitt Romney are running ads in the area. Romney has dropped $30,000 on ads in the Twin Cities market, while the Obama campaign has put $360,000 into ads here. The Obama campaign stresses that they are for western Wisconsin, which overlaps with the Twin Cities media market and is a battleground state.
On a call with reporters, two top Obama campaign officials called Romney's play in Minnesota spin.
The New York Times FiveThirtyEight blog ponders whether Minnesota has suddenly become a swing state.
The Republican Party of Minnesota is fundraising off of Clinton's visit.
The Washington Post changed it's rating for Minnesota from "solid Obama" to "leans Obama."
Americans for Prosperity Minnesota is recruiting people to phone bank and door-knock against President Barack Obama.
Gov. Mark Dayton and DFL leaders start a GOTV bus tour Thursday.
State campaign finance reports are available today, offering a final glimpse of candidate, party and political group fundraising and spending before next Tuesday's election.
Opponents of the marriage amendment rallied at the U of M.
Here's a historical look at Minnesota's voting record on constitutional amendments.
The Race for Congress
Rep. John Kline and his DFL opponent Mike Obermueller debated on the Daily Circuit.
Rep. Erik Paulsen and his DFL opponent Brian Barnes debate today on the Daily Circuit. Tune in at 11 a.m.
Rep. Michele Bachmann and DLF candidate Jim Graves debate today, too.
Allen Quist is disputing a campaign mailer sent out by the Minnesota DFL regarding his stance on Medicare.
The latest polls in the CD8 race show a tight race, the Pioneer Press reports.
Last week, Rep. Chip Cravaack said that his family moved to New Hampshire because of his son's struggle with autism. The Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota is criticizing Cravaack for using his son's disability to get sympathy.
The Presidential Race
Obama and Romney's campaign schedules have been upended due to Hurricane Sandy.
Obama left Florida to get back to Washington, D.C., where he's monitoring the storm.
Expect him to stay in Washington to oversee storm recovery efforts.
The hurricane could also affect early voting, which Obama has been counting on.
Romney's running mate Rep. Paul Ryan will be in Hudson, WI, today.
The candidates are tied, according to the latest Washington Post ABC tracking poll.
NPR's new poll shows the race too close to call. Romney has a narrow lead nationally, but Obama leads in battleground states.
Call it the Detroit Dual: The Obama campaign has a new ad out that goes after Romney for claiming that Chrysler, which benefited from the auto bailout, moved jobs to China.
Expect Clinton to bring it up during his visit today.
Posted at 12:34 PM on October 30, 2012
by Mark Zdechlik
Filed under: Campaign 2012: Presidential Race
People waited for hours to hear from former President Bill Clinton at his campaign stop on behalf of President Obama this afternoon at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Volunteers said people began lining up at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for a chance to see the former president.
Sara Baldwin had a pretty good spot in the queue.
"I've always been a really big fan of President Clinton's, so that's a draw and exciting; and I'm also just kind of nervous about the upcoming election," said Baldwin.
Baldwin also said she hoped Clinton's stop would convince students to cast ballots next week for President Obama and other Democrats.
"I think being on a campus is great because all these are for the most part eligible voters, but college students notoriously don't always vote just because they can."
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, is scheduled to fly into the Twin Cities this afternoon and make a brief campaign appearance in Hudson later in the day. The GOP vice presidential candidate is planning to thank volunteers who are delivering or collecting items for storm relief efforts.
Posted at 4:59 PM on October 30, 2012
by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Voter ID Amendment
Fundraising for a group that opposes a proposed constitutional amendment to require voters to show photo identification at the polls has gotten a big boost from outside the state in the last few weeks.
Our Vote Our Future reported in September that it had raised nearly $594,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. Today, that total stands at $2.6 million. (That doesn't include the more than $270,000 that came in after the Oct. 22 cut off for the latest finance reports)
About $1.4 million of the total came from groups outside of the state, including MoveOn.org, which gave $182,770, the National Education Association, which gave $300,000, and the Service Employees International Union, which gave $75,166 in staff time and cash.
But the largest out-of-state donation of $500,000 came from the Open Society Policy Center, which was founded by wealthy liberal donor George Soros.
ProtectMyVote, which supports the amendment, has also had good luck raising cash over the last few weeks.
In September it reported raising $230,613 since the start of the year. It's increased that total to $1.5 million.
Though most of the group's contributions came from in the state, it has its own major donor. Joan Cummins, wife of conservative donor Robert Cummins, gave about $1.3 million to the group - or about 87 percent of all its contributions.
Posted at 5:24 PM on October 30, 2012
by Brett Neely
Filed under: Campaign 2012: U.S. MN CD8
Collin Peterson took time off from his own re-election effort to help out Indiana Senate hopeful Joe Donnelly.
Peterson, a Democrat who represents the 7th District, campaigned with Donnelly at a winery in Plainfield, IN on Tuesday afternoon. Peterson spokeswoman Allison Myhre says the congressman campaigned on the House Republicans' failure to pass a farm bill this session, an important issue in heavily rural Indiana.
Donnelly, who's in his third term in the U.S. House, is a member of Blue Dog coalition of conservative Democrats that Peterson helped found. Donnelly is in a tight race for an open U.S. Senate seat against Republican Richard Mourdock