Hillary Clinton on whether she might run in 2016: “I’m minded to do it.” So reports the Scotland Sunday Herald: “It was at a private gathering in Scotland that, when pressed, she gave the clearest indication yet she will run for the White House, telling her fellow guests she was ‘minded to do it.’”
It took place a few weeks ago at St. Andrews University: “As Mrs Clinton talked politics, she was asked directly by one of the guests if she had decided to run for the presidency. She smiled and gave what was described as a neutral answer. The guest persisted. Again, Mrs Clinton politely gave a neutral answer. When pressed a third time, the ex-Secretary of State replied: ‘I haven't made up my mind yet.’ This was humorously described as an unsatisfactory answer, to which Mrs Clinton replied: ‘Yes, it is unsatisfactory,’ and then added: ‘I'm minded to do it.’”
Tim Alberta: “Against that backdrop of distrust and dysfunction, [Rep. Paul] Ryan's friends and colleagues say, it makes sense to scale back expectations for this newly-convened conference committee. Still, the irony is unmistakable. Three years ago, Ryan hoped his approach could change the way Washington does business. Three years later, the way Washington does business has changed his own approach. … Ryan once hoped to lead by commanding sweeping changes to the federal budget. That approach made him one of the most polarizing figures in modern politics. Now, with the GOP brand badly damaged and Congress no closer to solving the nation's long-term fiscal challenges, Ryan is changing tack.”
"A top adviser to Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday night that the Kentucky Republican would be “more cautious in presenting and attributing sources” in the future, after Politico confronted the senator’s office with fresh examples of Paul speeches that borrowed language from news reports without citing the original text."
COLORADO: Ron Brownstein goes to Colorado: “For a microcosm of the forces destabilizing American politics, it’s tough to beat Colorado.”
FLORIDA: NBC Miami: "Gov. Rick Scott's political committee plans to air an ad called "Opportunist" about former Republican governor turned Democrat Charlie Crist beginning Monday, the day Crist is expected to announce plans to run for his old office with his new party. A Democratic operative with knowledge of the ad buy said the committee is spending more than $500,000 on the ad."
MONTANA: Roll Call's Kyle Trygstad: "Montana Rep. Steve Daines, who is widely expected to run for Senate, is inviting supporters to a 'special event' next week. According to an invitation distributed by the Daines campaign on Thursday, the Republican’s event will take place Nov. 6 at a Holiday Inn in Bozeman. The missive included an unchanged logo, 'Daines U.S. Congress.'"
NEW JERSEY: Wall Street Journal: "As he crisscrosses New Jersey in a final campaign push, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has made clear to donors, top supporters and the national GOP that he wants to do more than just notch a big re-election win next Tuesday. He sees his campaign—and particularly his aggressive outreach to nontraditional GOP voters—as a national model for his party. Racking up big margins among women and even winning outright among Hispanics, as polls suggest he may, would position him well in a 2016 Republican presidential field as the party continues to struggle elsewhere to widen its appeal."
TEXAS:Houston Chronicle: "A federal appeals court ruling Thursday gives Texas the green light to start enforcing a new abortion restriction that a lower court judge said posed an undue burden on women. The decision by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was a huge victory for Attorney General Greg Abbott and Texas abortion opponents, temporarily lifting an injunction that prevented the provisions from going into effect. The provision requires abortion doctors to gain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals."
VIRGINIA: Washington Post: "Ken Cuccinelli II is planning a frenetic schedule with a handful of big-name Republican surrogates as the race for Virginia governor draws to a close. Terry McAuliffe, by contrast, is spending somewhat less time in the public eye aside from a pair of high-profile events. The differing strategies illustrate the relative advantages of the two campaigns as the hard-fought contest nears its end. Cuccinelli (R) is consistently trailing in the polls and can’t afford much of an advertising presence on the airwaves, so he’s counting on word of mouth and media coverage from live appearances to stay afloat.
Politico: Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Ron Paul will campaign with Ken Cuccinelli in the final days of the Virginia governor’s race."
President Obama campaigns for McAuliffe on Sunday.
Washington Times: "McAuliffe maintains a 7-point edge over" Cuccinelli II "in the race to be Virginia’s next governor, with Libertarian Robert Sarvis still pulling numbers that suggest he could influence the final outcome of the closely watched contest on Tuesday. Among likely voters, Mr. McAuliffe takes 45 percent of the vote in the final poll from Christopher Newport University’s Wason Center for Public Policy, compared to 38 percent for Mr. Cuccinelli and 10 percent for Mr. Sarvis."
Norfolk Virginian Pilot: An "analysis of Cuccinelli's office and campaign schedules for July, August and part of September suggests he has spent more time on the trail than behind his desk while earning a $150,000 annual state salary, plus health benefits for his nine-member family.
First published November 1 2013, 6:06 AM