Meanwhile, Obama surrogate Stephanie Cutter isn't sweating the Republicans ramped up effort in Ohio, or a new poll showing the two candidates are tied in the state. "We feel pretty good about where we are on the ground there," Cutter said during her appearance on ABC's This Week. "In many cases, we are beating Mitt Romney three-to-one in the early vote," she said. "Our people are turning out, and they are turning out very in very high numbers. We feel very good about Ohio and we think we’re gonna win it." She also wasn't sweating the Des-Moines Register's Romney endorsement, their first Republican endorsement in forty years. "It was a little surprising to read that editorial because it didn’t seem to be based at all in reality, not just in the president’s record but in Mitt Romney’s record," Cutter said. "It says he’d reach across the aisle when he’d do the exact opposite... He’s never once stood up to the far extreme right wing."
If Ohio Gov. John Kasich was a betting man, he'd be calling his bookie right now and placing a bet for a Romney victory. He says he finally believes Romney is going to win his state. "I believe right now we are currently ahead, internals show us currently ahead," Kasich said on NBC's Meet the Press. "I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio, and you know I haven't been saying this. I now believe it is going to happen." Kasich pointed to Romney's first debate performance as a turning point for undecided voters in Ohio. "It's going to be really close," Kasich said. "I do think we will know before the end of the night. I'm not sure it's going to be as close as everybody is saying."
Sen. Ron. Johnson thinks people in Wisconsin don't care enough about Mourdock's rape comments that it will have an effect on his chances next week. "It's not even an issue here in Wisconsin," Johnson said on Fox News Sunday. "It doesn't even move the radar at all." He said only one person has asked him about Mourdock's rape comments. One! Voters care more about the White House's handling of the Benghazi attacks, according to Johnson. Confirming this is the new Republican party talking point on embarrassing rape comment discussions, Priebus echoed that sentiment during his State of the Union appearance. "I don’t think any party has a monopoly on gaffes. Clearly people running for office misspeak and they make mistakes," Priebus said. "The reality is overwhelmingly the people out there are not talking about what Richard Mourdock said. They are talking about the economy and what happened in Benghazi." But, when Crowley brought up John Sununu's race remarks, he did admit the gaffes can be a distraction to the campaign. "I mean you want people to be disciplined," he said. "And if people misspeak, and for no apparent reason cause small brush fires on their own that’s a distraction."