Mark Halperin's Daybook: Jeb's Big Day
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The most important read of the morning: Gerald Seib’s Wall Street Journal column on Democrats losing their economic and national security edge with voters, and what it means for the midterms.
The second half of the new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll will be released at 5 p.m. This time, we sample the views of Democratic and Republican caucus participants. Interesting results about Hillary Clinton and about the GOP field. See the results on “With All Due Respect” and on our websites.
President Obama will get his daily briefing in the Oval Office at 10 a.m. (closed press), before a 2:40 p.m. meeting at Andrews Air Force Base to discuss ISIS with Gen. Martin Dempsey and more than 20 defense ministers (photo op coverage). U.S. government concern grows about the post-Maliki regime's ability to unify and stabilize the country and about the capacity of the Iraqi military forces to stop ISIS.
At 7:10 p.m., Obama will attend a DCCC fundraiser at a private residence in Virginia. Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel will also attend (closed press).
The White House briefing is at 12:30 p.m.
This morning, Joe Biden will attend a meeting with African American clergy at Allen University in Columbia, S.C. (closed press). He will then attend a rally at the university, delivering remarks around noon (open press). Before returning to Washington, the vice president will stop by a 1:30 p.m. event for the South Carolina Democratic Party at a private residence (closed press).
Hillary Clinton is speaking at a technology conference in San Francisco at noon, followed by a Q&A. Watch live here.
At 8:30 a.m. in Fort Worth, Jeb Bush will campaign with his son, George P. Bush, who is running for Texas land commissioner. At 1 p.m., the father/son duo will do it again in Abilene. They'll finish the day at a 7 p.m. rally in Midland. This one is for history – and maybe the future if the father runs in '16, when P would be a great surrogate.
Rick Perry is giving a 1 p.m. speech about foreign policy at the Royal United Service Institute in London. Watch live here. NB: Those underestimating the '16 strengths of Perry and Ted Cruz would be wise to cut it out.
Rick Santorum speaks at the Family Heritage Alliance Stand Banquet in Rapid City, S.D., at 9:45 p.m.
At 1 p.m. Leon Panetta continues his book tour at George Washington University. Watch live here.
Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes will meet with the editorial board of the Cincinnati Enquirer at 11:30 a.m., followed by a 12:45 p.m. press conference with Senator Sherrod Brown. Q: Are reporters done asking about her last two presidential votes? A: I don't think so.
At 6:30 p.m., Senator Tom Harkin will campaign with South Dakota Democratic Senate candidate Rick Weiland in Sioux Falls.
And the 2014 debate marathon continues today with Senator Mary Landrieu and Republicans Rob Maness and Bill Cassidy debating in Shreveport, La., at 8 p.m. This is Cassidy’s first debate of the race. Livestream here.
Arkansas Senate candidates Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton will go head-to-head in another debate tonight, this time in Fayetteville at 8 p.m. Watch live here.
Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Democratic challenger Jack Hatch hold their third and final debate in Sioux City, Iowa, at 8 p.m.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will fight to keep his job in a 7 p.m. Chicago debate against Republican Bruce Rauner. Watch live here.
In baseball, the Kansas City Royals face the Baltimore Orioles at 8 p.m. on TBS. The St. Louis Cardinals play in San Francisco against the Giants at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.