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Afternoon Fix: Boehner says 'Pledge to America' more substantive than 'Contract with America'; Biden guarantees Democrats hold House and Senate

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* In an interview with CNN's Dana Bash, House Minority Leader John Boehner defended the GOP's new "Pledge to America," saying it's "certainly more substantive than what was in the Contract with America 16 years ago."

* Vice President Joe Biden is offering a Namath-esque guarantee that Democrats will hold both the House and the Senate. "I guarantee you we're going to have a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate," he told those assembled at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.).

* California GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is going up with her first statewide ad buy, which goes after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) for asking a brigadier general at a Senate hearing to call her "senator" rather than "ma'am."

* A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows independents favor Republicans 49 percent to 36 percent among likely voters on the generic ballot.

* A new Field Poll in California shows former Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) tied at 41 in the state's governor's race.

* The Ohio Chamber of Commerce endorsed former Rep. John Kasich (R) for governor, marking the first gubernatorial endorsement in the organization's 117-year history.


* President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama address the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting - right now. Watch it here.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and GOP opponent Sharron Angle will take part in a candidate forum tonight in Las Vegas. Reid will be participating via video.

* Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) called state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D) "the dirtiest, nastiest political player out there." Can Cuomo's governor campaign staunch the bleeding?

* Fox News Sunday will host a debate between Kentucky Senate candidates Rand Paul (R) and Jack Conway (D) on Oct. 3.

* Stephen Colbert will testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee on Friday at 9:30 a.m. No, that's not a typo.


This guy loves his mother, almost as much as gravity.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | September 23, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
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