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Afternoon Fix: Obama to hold series of 2010 rallies, Palin endorses O'Donnell

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* President Obama will appear this fall at a series of "Moving America Forward" rallies, aimed at turning out his 2008 voters in 2010. He will be in Madison, Wis., on Sept. 28, Philadelphia on Oct. 10, a tele-town hall on Oct. 12, Ohio on Oct. 17, and Las Vegas on Oct. 22.

* Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) offered a last-minute endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware GOP Senate primary. O'Donnell is the underdog against centrist Rep. Mike Castle and has received a series of press hits in recent days.

* White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stopped short of endorsing Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago, but says Obama "believes that Rahm has the qualities that you need to be a successful mayor. That's his viewpoint, and that's the viewpoint of people who know Rahm."

* The conservative American Future Fund has released three Voter Consumer Research polls in Iowa, showing Rep. Leonard Boswell (D) ahead by nine points, Rep. Bruce Braley (D) ahead by 11 and Rep. David Loebsack (D) ahead by eight.

* Republican National Committee officials say they met with Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio about switching parties in February. Caprio, the state's treasurer and a favorite in Tuesday's primary, has denied it.

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* Former New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte and attorney Ovide Lamontagne, among others, will do battle in WMUR-TV's GOP Senate primary debate tonight at 7 p.m.

* Obama holds a press conference at 11 a.m. eastern tomorrow. The White House has said that Obama will focus on the economy in his opening remarks; watch to see whether that includes a shot or two at House Minority Leader (and potential future Speaker) John Boehner (R-Ohio).

* Former President Clinton will join Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher's (D) Senate campaign for a rally Sunday in Cincinnati.

* Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck says he won't be running any negative ads, even though Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) is already doing so. Can he/will he stick to that?

* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will speak at the Values Voter Summit on Sept. 18 in Washington. The weekend already included former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).


And we thought Dale Peterson drank too much coffee.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Aaron Blake  | September 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET
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