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“Which presidential candidate will protect America?” Heritage asks.

Go ahead, get wonky. The two organizations provide assorted “cheat sheets” and other resources ahead of the debate’s 8 p.m. airtime (www.aei.org and www.heritage.org).

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They are rallying, and their reminder is familiar and adamant. A group of heavy-duty conservatives and tea partyers gather Tuesday morning in the gloom of the supercommittee’s failure to warn Republican congressional leaders against “caving on tax increases.”

On hand for the big statement: Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, ForAmerica Chairman Brent Bozell, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and Citizens United President David Bossie.

“Conservatives are reissuing the warning that raising taxes loses elections, just as they correctly warned George H.W. Bush after he broke his tax pledge in 1991,” the group says. “The groups are determined to hold the GOP’s feet to the fire, stating true conservatives and the tea party will revolt if their supposed leaders in Congress cave on this key issue.”

POLL DU JOUR

• 67 percent of Republican voters say they “might change their mind” about the candidate they support.

• 40 percent say Mitt Romney has the “best chance” of beating President Obama in the 2012 race.

• 21 percent cite Newt Gingrich, 16 percent Herman Cain, 9 percent Rick Perry.

• 36 percent overall say Mr. Gingrich is most qualified to be commander in chief.

• 20 percent cite Mr. Romney, 12 percent Mr. Perry and 10 percent Mr. Cain.

• 29 percent overall say Mr. Gingrich is the “strongest leader,” 26 percent cite Mr. Romney, 15 percent Mr. Cain, 13 percent Mr. Perry.

• 29 percent say Mr. Romney is the “most likable,” 25 percent cite Mr. Cain, 14 percent Mr. Perry, 9 percent Mr. Gingrich.

• 25 percent overall say Mr. Gingrich likely agrees with them on issues “that matter most.”

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