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The Midday Brief: Oct. 28, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry says he's "here to win" New Hampshire; George Will says Romney becoming "less electable"; state officials unsatisfied by proposed changes to EPA pollution rule

Mitt Romney arrives at a debate site in Hanover, N.H., on Oct. 11, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Perry still has a decent shot at the nomination. The media loves a good comeback story and his campaign is the most established, well-staffed and well-funded of all of the alternatives to Romney. But in order to fix things, Team Perry needs to figure out what went so wrong so fast. Admitting that there was a problem has not been something that the campaign, or at least those who ran it until this week, have been willing to do. 'We don’t want to dwell on the past, we’re looking forward,' says Perry communications director Ray Sullivan. 'We generally don’t indulge in navel gazing.'" — Where Rick Perry’s Campaign Went Wrong, Time
  • "Gov. Rick Perry filed his paperwork today to appear on the New Hampshire primary ballot. And he spent 20 minutes amid a crush of reporters and photographers, in Secretary of State William Gardner's office, taking questions. 'I'm here to win,' he said, brushing aside talk that front-runner Mitt Romney has the first-in-the-nation primary locked up." — World Series as metaphor: Perry says don't count me out til the last inning, Trail Blazers
  • "Playbook has a sneak peek at George F. Will's Sunday column, which fires a shot through the growing GOP establishment consensus that Mitt Romney would be an acceptable, electable nominee: 'Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable, he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate.'" — George Will column on Mitt Romney: 'Has conservatism come so far ... for THIS?,' Politico
  • "While the Republican presidential campaign trail bristles with talk of moats, militarization and electrified fences when it comes to immigration, the view among some Congressional Republicans has become more nuanced and measured." — Beyond 2012 Field, Nuanced G.O.P. Views on Immigrants, The New York Times

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