It seems like an eternity ago, but in fact it has been just one week since this presidential race really began with last Wednesday’s debate in Denver. At the time, Romney trailed Obama 49.1 percent to 46 percent in the Real Clear Politics average, 47.8 percent to 45.6 percent in The Huffington Post poll average, and 48.8 to 46.2 in the Talking Points Memo poll average.

Today it is is completely different race. Romney is now beating Obama 47.6 to 46.1 in RCP, 47.3 to 44.6 in TPM, and trails just 47.1 to 46.8 in The Huffington Post average. And Romney is gaining in the states too. New CBS News polls show Romney now ahead in Colorado and within three in Wisconsin. New NBC News polls show Romney now winning in Virginia and down just one in Florida. Momentum is on Romney’s side.

Tonight, Paul Ryan will attempt to keep that momentum going when he faces off against Joe Biden in the only vice presidential debate of the election. ABC News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz will moderate the debate from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and the debate format will be identical to last week’s. Just like last week’s debate was the first time Americans had a real chance to see Romney outside of a negative ad, tonight will be the first time many Americans will see Ryan in action. Just by showing up, looking competent, and not being the villain the Obama-Biden campaign has made him out to be, Ryan should win over the American people just as Romney did last week.

Possibly more important than tonight’s debate is news from The Wall Street Journal that this will be the first week ever in this campaign that Romney will outspend Obama on television advertising. If Biden comes up short tonight like Obama did last week, right as the Romney campaign finally starts to outspend Obama on the airwaves, then this might become a completely different presidential contest.

From The Washington Examiner
Examiner Editorial: Obama’s Benghazi cover-up exposed
Paul Bedard: Biden favorables worse than Ryan–or Palin
Tim Carney: Using Big Bird to avoid issues backfires on Obama
Byron York: Will Ryan hit Biden hard on Libya scandal?
Brian Hughes: Biden faces different debate challenges than in 2008

Campaign 2012
Obama: After noting contradictory White House positions on what happened in Libya, ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked White House spokesman Jay Carney yesterday if it was Obama, not Romney, who shot first and asked questions later on Benghazi.
Romney: Romney is dropping a mention slain former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty from his stump speech after Doherty’s family raised an objection to it.

In Other News
The Wall Street Journal, Security Cut Before Libya Raid: The State Department scaled back U.S. security staff in Libya in the weeks and months before the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, despite requests for additional personnel, former U.S. security officials told a politically charged congressional hearing.
The New York Times, Justices Weigh Race as Factor at Universities: The fate of affirmative action policies at U.S. universities seems to rest in Chief Justice John Roberts hands.
The Washington Post, Al Gore has thrived as green-tech investor: Thanks to his investment in government subsidized industries, Al Gore is now worth more than $100 million.

Righty Playbook
The Weekly Standard‘s Jay Cost notes that Obama’s bounce in Gallup is due almost entirely to a 20 percent boost in sampling for minority voters.
The Senate Minority Budget Committee has a new chart out showing that while job growth has fallen under Obama, disability, Medicaid, and Food Stamp enrollment are all way up.
The New York Times‘ Rodd Douthat identifies liberalism’s glass jaw.

Lefty Playbook
The Washington Post‘s Jonathan Bernstein again tries to argue that Romney’s tax plan will raise taxes on the middle class.
Think Progress reports that a billionaire CEO is threatening to fire his employees if Obama wins and raises taxes.
Talking Points Memo reports that top Democrats are embracing Sen. Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., plan for massive tax cuts if Obama wins reelection.