Thursday, October 18, 2012

PM Note: 65 Million Watched Debate, Romney's Lady Binder, Courting Women, Jeb's Advice

Psychoanalysis: Obama and Romney on the Couch (Jake Tapper did his Nightline interview lying down).

Nielsen: "An estimated 65.6 million people tuned in to watch the second debate between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16? The second presidential debate, and third overall, in this political season's debate quartet netted 2.4 million more viewers than the second presidential debate between then Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain in 2008."

That's a hair over one-fifth of the U.S. population.

Amy Walter on the Debate Hangover Live Stream - "At the end of the day, the win goes to Obama, because, number one, he, I think, commanded the stage much more than Mitt Romney did - and, number two, because he was so different than the man that we saw a week or two weeks ago that that alone made him the winner." -


The Pace is About to Get Break-Neck - President Obama, Mitt Romney and their surrogates are back on the road today, fanning out across battleground states as the campaigns hustle to shape public perceptions of Tuesday night's bruising debate in New York. (Gregory Krieg)

Lilly Ledbetter Law - Mitt opposed it, but he wouldn't repeal it - ABC's Michael Falcone reports: This afternoon Romney campaign adviser Ed Gillespie e-mailed a statement to the Huffington Post walking back his comment last night when he said Mitt Romney "was opposed to" the Lilly Ledbetter Act "at the time."

"I was wrong when I said last night Governor Romney opposed the Lily Ledbetter act," Gillespie said, according to the statement on HuffPost. "He never weighed in on it. As President, he would not seek to repeal it."

But Paul Ryan argued today that the Lilly Ledbetter law didn't have anything to do with fair pay even though that is how Democrats portray it.

"The point is, Lilly Ledbetter was not an equal pay law. It was about opening up the lawsuits and statute of limitations. It wasn't an equal pay law. And of course we support equal pay.

Lady Binder - Abby Phillip's report on the fallout from Mitt Romney's oddly worded and instantly seized upon binder meme - "He said his administration had the highest number of women in top positions of any governor in the country.

That version is under fire by a coalition of women's groups known as MassGAP, which is affiliated with the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. The group compiled the names of female applicants before Romney came to office and offered them to both Romney and his Democratic opponent Shannon O'Brien. ? MassGAP, which is non-partisan, issued a statement saying that while the Romney administration started with women comprising 42 percent of newly appointed positions, by 2006, that number had dropped to 25 percent. ? In response to the controversy, Romney tweeted from his official Twitter account today: "I understand the challenges women face and want to make it easier for them in the workplace." The message included a video of testimonials from women who served in Romney's cabinet as governor. And a Romney campaign spokesman responded by emphasizing his cooperation with MassGAP in finding qualified women candidates.

More from Abby -

Obama Has Accelerated His Romney Mocking with Binder Attacks -

But beyond the jokes it is clear that Romney is doing everything he can to appeal to those women who many think will decide this election. The question remains whether he can cut through the chatter and reach them.

Maybe with this - Mitt Romney, the Abortion and Contraception Moderate in New TV Ad-After Democrats have hammered him for months on women's health issues, Mitt Romney is airing a new TV ad that portrays him as a moderate on abortion and contraception. (Chris Good)

Debate Reaction: 'Walmart Moms' Say Obama Won, But Not by Much- (Elizabeth Hartfield)

Top Moments From Townhall Debate-

Republicans Seize on Bankruptcy of Battery Maker That Received $249M in Federal Loan Guarantees-The bankruptcy filing Tuesday of an electric car battery maker that received $249 million in federal loan guarantees and that President Obama had touted as a poster child for green-energy jobs has given fresh fodder to Republicans and presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who have attacked Obama's green-energy initiatives as a waste of taxpayer funds, yielding few new jobs. (Devin Dwyer)

Biden, Ryan Continue Clash on Benghazi-President Obama and former Gov. Romney squared off last night and this morning their respective running mates continued to clash over what was perhaps the most heated moment of the debate - the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (George Stephanopoulos)

Spin from the Top - Candidates Both Claimed Victory Today -

Obama Re-Uses Debate Zingers in Iowa-President Obama today took his presidential debate "zingers" on the road to battleground Iowa, using the catchy sound bites in an effort to appeal to independent voters and women voters. (Devin Dwyer)

Mitt Romney Says President Obama Has Failed America's Women as He Recalls 'Great' Debate-Mitt Romney offered his own summary of Tuesday's fiery presidential debate to voters in Virginia, saying President Obama has failed to present a plan for the next four years and has "failed America's women." (Emily Friedman)

Jeb Bush Gives Immigration Advice to Romney - Speaking in Spanish, Jeb Bush tells an interviewer Romney should continue Obama's deferred action if he's elected -

Meaning Behind First Lady, Ann Romney Matching Dresses-Michelle Obama and Ann Romney may not agree on who should be our next president but their wardrobes were in perfect harmony last night at the second presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y. Both women showed up at Hofstra University sporting hot pink dresses on their husbands' big night. (Jilian Fama)

2 Chainz and Felons' Ability to Vote-Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz - sporting sunglasses and two very big, gold necklaces - has become the latest celebrity to release a video on the issue of voting rights restrictions. (Ariane de Vogue)

Candy Crowley Defends Her Libya Comment During Presidential Debate-Debate moderator Candy Crowley defended her decision to interject in a heated moment about Libya during last night's presidential debate, saying she was not trying to "fact check," but just trying to move the debate along. (Russell Goldman)

Arizona Elections Department Flubs Election Date-Arizona election officials in Maricopa County admit they flubbed the date on an official government document that was printed in Spanish. (Alyssa Newcomb)

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