At the New York delegation breakfast in Charlotte this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the kind of full-throated defense of Barack Obama, and impassioned partisan invective against Republicans, that he's meticulously avoided since becoming governor two years ago.
“Let’s thank President Barack Obama for what he’s done for our state!" said Cuomo, in his introduction.
Cuomo's abbreviated, one-day-only appearance at the convention, along with his studious avoidance of anything related to 2016, only made the national press corps more hungry to see him, turning the delegation breakfast into a sideshow that had the feel of a keynote speech, even though it was delivered shortly before noon, far from the convention floor.
On a "state of the race" conference call with reporters this afternoon, David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter said, essentially, that they liked President Obama's chances after the Republican convention.
At a breakfast for the New York delegation this morning in Tampa, to which he arrived unfashionably late, Rudy Giuliani praised Paul Ryan's big speech to the convention last night.
At an event in Michigan today, Mitt Romney made a joke about his birthplace.
"No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate," Romney told a big crowd, in an appearance with his running mate, Paul Ryan. "They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
Democrats pounced on the remark, as an example of Romney embracing the birther movement that posits President Obama was secretly born outside the United States, and the long-form birth certificate from the State of Hawaii that he released last year, along with announcements in local papers, are all part of an elaborate conspiracy.
President Obama's re-election campaign released a new television ad this morning featuring former president Bill Clinton bolstering Obama's economic plan.
"This election to me is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment," Clinton says at the beginning, before criticizing Republican plans and endorsing Obama's focus on the middle class.
"That’s what happened when I was president," he says. "We need to keep going with his plan."
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand suggested today that when Todd Akin made his controversial comments about "legitimate rape," he was articulating the views of a number of House Republicans.
"Congressman Akin has basically told the American people what he stood for all along," Gillibrand said, after an event in Queens urging a higher federal minimum wage. "And this has been an issue that has been debated in the House of Representatives since the beginning of this Congress."
Paul Ryan won't have much effect on the presidential race in New York, according to a new Siena poll out this morning, but the more interesting question is: what impact will Ryan have on the state's contested House races?
New York has as many as eight contested congressional races this year, an unusually high number, owing to a set of new district lines that were drawn by a federal court, instead of the usual partisan players in Albany.
This weekend, Paul Ryan took the Romney campaign's primary new campaign message to Florida seniors: "The president raids $716 billion from the Medicare program to pay for the Obamacare program,” he told a gathering of retirement community residents.(1)
On the second Sunday since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, Obama surrogates answered questions about Joe Biden's remark to a mostly black crowd in Virginia that "they're going to put y'all back in chains," turning the subject back to Ryan's health care plan and, in one case, to Sarah Palin.
Chuck Schumer circulated a new set of talking points to Senate Democrats this afternoon, urging them to puncture the narrative of Paul Ryan as a "serious and statesmanlike" teller of hard fiscal truths.
"Ryan is a nice man, but a deficit hawk he is not," wrote Schumer in a memo posted by Politico. "The budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy contained in his plan show a Cheney-like disregard for budget deficits."(1)
Chris Christie's list of career options is smaller now. [Mark Magyar]
On the Brian Lehrer Show, Ryan Lizza argued Paul Ryan's political education started at 16, when his father died and he got into Ayn Rand. [Stephen Reader]
According to some House Republicans, there is exactly one man who can ensure that Paul Ryan's controversial budget plan isn't the electoral drag that handed Democrats an upstate House seat and continues to suffer in polls.
That man is Paul Ryan.
"People have said that the Ryan budget is unpopular," Representative Peter King told me this morning. "It may be, but Paul wasn't there to defend it."(1)