Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, October 10, 2013.
1) Let's make a deal (sort of). House Republican leaders are offering a new plan to raise the nation's debt limit for six weeks in exchange for negotiations with President Obama and congressional Democrats over broader fiscal issues. The proposal doesn't include reopening the government. "It's time for these negotiations and this conversation to begin," House Speaker John Boehner said. "And I would hope that the President will look at this as an opportunity and a good faith effort on our part to move halfway, halfway to what he has demanded.” After meeting a meeting with President Obama at the White House Thursday, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said Democrats still insist and end to the government shutdown before any new negotiations begin. “The government should be open now, “Reid said. “We should be able to pay our debts. And as we’ve said and will continue saying, we – if that happens – we’ll negotiation on anything, anything. And the President confirmed that today.”
2) Pressure from the GOP base. A conservative group is calling on House Republicans to include an anti-abortion provision in any measure that would reopen the government and raise the debt limit. "I strongly urge you to include language that protects religious freedom and ends federal subsidies for abortion under Obamacare as part of any continuing resolution or increase in the borrowing authority of the federal government," wrote Faith and Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed in a letter to House Speaker Boehner.
3) Thumbs down for government. More Americans now say dysfunctional government is the top problem facing the country. According to a new Gallup poll, 33 percent of people surveyed said dissatisfaction with government as the number one issue, while 18 percent cited the economy.
4) But can she sway voters in Jersey? Sarah Palin is headed to the garden state to campaign for New Jersey Republican senate candidate Steve Lonegan. "I am honored to have Governor Palin join us for the largest grass-roots campaign event in New Jersey history," said Lonegan. Polls indicate Newark mayor and Democrat Cory Booker leading Lonegan by 12 points one week out from the election. President Obama won New Jersey handily in 2012.
5) McAuliffe remains in the lead. One month out from the Virginia governor's election, Democrat Terry McAuliffe continues to hold a single-digit lead over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. A Qunnipiac University poll released today showed McAuliffe leading Cuccinelli 47 to 39 percent, with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis getting 8 percent support. The survey found women backing McAuliffe 53 to 34 percent, while men supported Cuccinelli 45 to 41 percent.