Today's Power Play: Palin Hits Back for Miller

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Palin Hits Back for Miller

Sarah Palin has jumped into the Alaska Senate race with both feet after mostly staying out of the race since the primary, in which her preferred candidate, Joe Miller, knocked off incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

In Saturday's debate, Murkowski suggested that Miller's West Point instructors and fellow veterans would disapprove about the "lies" Miller told about her during their primary and closed by saying that Miller was not "fit to lead" because he was disciplined as a city attorney for logging on to a political Web site from work.

In a lengthy fundraising appeal for Miller through her Facebook page, Palin says:

"But perhaps the most shocking part of all in this debate was when the incumbent Senator used Joe Miller's distinguished military service as a means to attack him. Joe Miller graduated from West Point, fought in Desert Storm, and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service to our country. I find it astonishing that a sitting U.S. Senator from Alaska would challenge the honor of a decorated combat veteran. Is it any wonder the audience later booed her when she again challenged Joe Miller's honor?"

Follow the Money - Angle Rakes it in

Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle raised $3.5 million between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13, according to her filing with the Federal Election Commission. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, raised just over $600,000 over the same period.

No word on the cost per dollar raised, though. Angle spent $10 million to raise $12 million in the previous reporting period.

Poll Check - Dems Gaining but GOP still StrongGallup's three-way generic ballot tracking shows Democrats engaging, but Republicans still with big leads. Among all registered voters, the GOP leads by 4 points, about the same as the past month. Among a normal likely voter model, Republicans lead by 14 points, down from 17 points a week ago. In a high-turnout election based on a surge of voters from both parties, the GOP leads by 9 points, down from 12 points last week.

Rasmussen Reports generic ballot was steady at a 9 point advantage for Republicans.

Meanwhile, a Harvard University poll says 27 percent of young voters will "definitely vote," down from 31 percent in February and down from 36 percent in November of 2009.

Obama's Day

President Obama is taking a break from the campaign trail today, but the rest of his crew is hard at it.

Vice President Biden will travel to New York to raise money for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Tim Bishop.

First lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show from Los Angeles and then attend a DNC fundraiser.

It Pays to Run in an Early Primary State

The effort by Republican Mick Mulveney to unseat 14-term Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) is drawing an unusual coalition, including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) will join Mulvaney's bus tour of the district.

DeMint will be on board today. Romney will ride on Wednesday.

And Now, A Word From Charles

"The [Joe] Manchin statement is pulling a John Kerry. He's basically saying I was in favor of health care before I was against it. His explanation is not a good one.

And as we hear -- he says if I had known -- he was actually asked this directly on the weekend. If you had known what was in the bill at the time you endorsed it, would you have been against it? His answer was yes.

Well, that doesn't speak well of his judgment and really doesn't well of the way the bill was passed with all this stuff inside of it that nobody even really knew about and then now, people are seeing what it's resulting in.

I think that this is a big indication of how ideological this election is. It's not about personalities. It is, of course, it has in the background is the economy, which, of course, hurts the Democrats. But it is about the policies and the ideology. And the biggest symbol of that, the biggest example of that, is health-care reform because it's the most intrusive, the most important, and the most historic."

--Charles Krauthammer on "Special Report with Bret Baier" examining West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin's change of heart on President Obama's national health care law.

Scandal Sheets -- Aide to Harry Reid Lied to Feds, Submitted False Documents About Sham Marriage

By Jana Winter

A former aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid repeatedly lied to federal immigration and FBI agents and submitted false federal documents to the Department of Homeland Security to cover up her illegal seven-year marriage to a Lebanese national who was the subject of an Oklahoma City Joint Terror Task Force investigation, has learned.

Diana Tejada, Reid's Hispanic Press Secretary, admitted to receiving payment for "some of her expenses" in exchange for fraudulently marrying Bassam Mahmoud Tarhini in 2003, strictly so he could obtain permanent U.S. residency, according to court documents.

Tarhini, now 37, was held in jail and at an immigration detention center in connection with his 2009 indictment on felony charges, documents show. He pleaded guilty to entering a fraudulent marriage to evade immigration laws - a Class D felony - in November 2009, and he was deported in March 2010.

Tejada, now 28, was never charged for her role in the crime.

"We did not charge the woman, and of course we don't discuss the reasons we don't charge people," said Bob Troester, spokesman for the Western District of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney's Office, which prosecuted the case, which began as an FBI investigation out of the Oklahoma City Joint Terrorism Task Force...

Aide fired over Florida debate foul

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink has fired an aide after it was revealed that he had sent a note to the candidate during her debate with Republican Rick Scott on CNN Monday night.

The campaign aide gave the message to Sink though a text rebutting Scott on his claims about Sink's work on the board of a telemarketing firm that settled a class-action fraud suit by investors for $30 million.

Both Scott and Sink had agreed to get no outside help during the debate.

Protester Gets Boot at Paul-Conway Debate

A MoveOn.Org protester outside the Kentucky Senate debate between Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway was grabbed when she tried to present Paul a phony award. The woman, who would later identify herself as Lauren Valle, was pushed to the ground by Paul supporters. While she was on the curb, a man in a Paul T-shirt is seen holding her down with his boot and then giving her a small kick to the shoulder.

The Day in Quotes

"I never asked for President Obama's endorsement. He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I'm concerned. The reality here is that Rhode Islanders are hurting."

--Frank Caprio, Democratic candidate for Governor of Rhode Island, on the president's decision not to endorse Caprio on a trip to Rhode Island Monday out of deference to Republican-turned-independent candidate Lincoln Chafee, a former senator who endorsed Obama in 2008.

"Everything was going great and all of a sudden secret money from God knows where -- because they won't disclose it -- is pouring in."

- Speaker Nancy Pelosi, quoted by Politico, discussing the source of Democratic woes.

"I did not vote for Obama. I voted for Sen. McCain. Better the devil you know."

-- Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MI) to The Hill on his 2008 presidential vote.

"She engages in that corrupt practice. Now whether she is corrupt, I will let other people make judgment"

-- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), to Roll Call questioning Sen. Patty Murray's (D-WA) practice of directing earmarks to aides-turned-lobbyists

"Shame on them! Do they have one good positive decent idea in their brain? I don't think so."

--Ohio Republican gubernatorial nominee John Kasich kicked off a statewide bus tour with his fellow GOP candidates on Monday.

"The thing is that you have a simplistic worldview. You oversimplify things."

--Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul chiding Democrat Jack Conway in their final debate.