Why Obama’s second speech today (on health care at 4:55 pm ET) could be the more important one to watch… But we’ll be watching the first one (at the UN at 10:10 am), too… On yesterday’s “Shutdown Showdown” developments: McConnell opposes Cruz-led filibuster, as Cruz finds out getting 41 votes isn’t easy… New NBC4/NBC News/Marist poll shows McAuliffe leading VA GOV race by five points among likely voters, 43%-38%.
.. Two reasons why McAuliffe is ahead: 1) gender gap and 2) likeability gap… Is McDonnell hurting Cuccinelli? Or is Cuccinelli hurting himself?... And watching Virginia’s “Battle for the ‘Burbs.”
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President Barack Obama speaks during his meeting with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in New York September 23, 2013.
*** Why Obama’s second speech today could be the more important one to watch: While President Obama's first speech today (to the United Nations General Assembly at 10:10 am ET) will receive most of the attention in the moment, we're focusing on his second speech (with Bill Clinton on health care at 4:55 pm). Why? Because it's the second issue -- health care -- that will likely define Obama's legacy when he exits office come Jan. 2017. And that’s especially true as enrollment begins in the new health-care exchanges exactly one week from today. According to our most recent NBC/WSJ poll, the health-care law remains unpopular: 44% call it a bad idea, while 31% believe it’s a good idea.