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Afternoon Fix: Obama says GOP holding tax cuts 'hostage,' Santorum to back Ayotte

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* In a speech in Ohio, President Obama reasserted his commitment to ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest recipients, while extending them for everyone else: "We should not hold middle-class tax cuts hostage any longer."

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) will oppose Obama's $50 billion infrastructure stimulus plan, dealing the proposal a serious blow.

* Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast today that the Republican National Committee's woes have forced the RGA to pony up $10 million that "normally would have been pushed into the governors' races from various directions, largely through state parties."

* The ever-delicate Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), on GOP candidates: "They're nuts, they are flat out crazy. ... Even if a candidate in a district isn't particularly crazy himself, isn't a fruit loop, we're going to turn over the Congress to a party that's controlled by the wacko wing?"

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched its second independent expenditure ad of the cycle, in retiring Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) district.


* Current White House Chief of Staff (and future Chicago Mayor?) Rahm Emanuel and former George W. Bush Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten will appear together at the National Cathedral on Oct. 5.

* CNN/Time polls are out in California, Florida and Kentucky.

* Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) becomes the latest Democrat to mention Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - and not positively - in an ad, reminding Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) that he is running against Carnahan, not those two. How many other Democrats will take this tack?

* Vice President Joe Biden will raise money for Rep. Joe Sestak's (D-Pa.) Senate campaign on Monday in Philadelphia, while former President Clinton will be in Ohio for Gov. Ted Strickland (D) on Tuesday.

* Embattled Colorado GOP governor candidate Dan Maes explains himself in a new video ... for six minutes.


Watermelon, meet concussion.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | September 8, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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