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October 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Monday briefing: Big group of business leaders for gay marriage; Biden laugh-a-thon in an ad

Good Morning:

Business exec ad is a big deal:  The Olympian wrote a piece about an “unprecedented”effort by a large number of Northwest business leaders who announced support for approving Referendum 74 — for same-sex marriage — in a Seattle Times newspaper ad.  Click here to see the ad. TV ads are up on both sides of this debate. Ballots start going out Wednesday.

That rockin’ kneeslapper debate: You knew this was coming. Vice President Joe Biden’s giggles in last week’s debate are now captured in a radio ad for Romney-Ryan.

Can a TV ad featuring the Biden smirk-fest be far behind?  Debates have the strangest takeaway points. Don’t believe me? Ask Big Bird.

Fighting for Ohio: Bruce Springsteen, balladeer of a generation and a “Rust Belt” mindset, joins former President Bill Clinton in Ohio this week to campaign for President Obama.

Debates, chats, ballots: This is Monday of the busiest week of the busiest month in Election 2012. Check out our election calendar. The biggest night of the week is Tuesday, the doubleheader presidential debate from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the final gubernatorial debate of the season, sponsored by The Seattle Times and KING TV from 8 to 9 p.m. We will be live chatting both events on seattletimes.com with University of Washington political science prof, Mark. A. Smith, along with our crack Times politics team and you, the readers. If you know of any debate-watching parties, send a quick email to jbalter@seattletimes.com. We just might cover it.

We have live chats Wednesday at noon on Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure, and Thursday at noon, on Initiative 1240, the charter school measure.

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