Election Recycling: Birthday Edition

ha ha gotcher nose gotcher nose New BC04 ad shows Kerry windsurfing, shifting positions "whichever way the wind blows." KE04 responds with critical ad about Iraq, noting casualties and beheadings. [WP, NYT, LAT, BG]


Rove says BC04 is eroding Kerry support in blue states while building support for president in red states; optimistic about New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio. Rove: "We're going to get Republican gains in the Senate. And even a gain of a couple of seats is going to work a sea change on their ability to obstruct these judges." [WT]

Congress warned of significant violence in Iraq leading to election there; military offensive likely in major cities. [WP]

Women find comfort in Bush's national security, but pick Kerry for economic issues. This year, security trumps the pocketbook. Scholar: "If [Kerry] loses among women, he will lose this election." [WP]

CBS News establishes independent probe into controversial report; Rove denies involvement. [WP, NYT, BG, WT]

Senate confirms Goss to head CIA. [WP]

With terrorism and Iraq top concerns, election could depend on whether voters focus on Kerry's past or Bush's vision. [USAT, LAT]

Kerry discusses domestic issues in Florida, suggests Bush could reinstate the draft. [WP, NYT, BG]

Bush visits Pennsylvania for 37th time: "You cannot lead the war against terror if you wilt or waver when times get tough." [WP, NYT, USAT]

Perception of Kerry as inconsistent is prism through which all campaign events are viewed; Bush switches overlooked. [WP]

Kerry reaches out to women on Social Security: "Our mothers, our grandmothers are the first ones hurt when benefits go down." [LAT]

KE04 takes risks with focus on Iraq. Kerry aims to separate Iraq from war on terror in voters' minds; energize antiwar voters; and persuade voters he is strong on security. [WSJ]

BC04 up in Nevada, West Virginia; KE04 leads in California. [USAT, LAT]

KE04 drops ad buy in Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri. [USAT]

For weekend of debate preperation, Kerry heads to Wisconsin, Bush returns to Texas. [WP]

McCain, Feingold prepare bill to regulate financing of 527s. [WP, LAT]

BC04 asks FEC to allow unlimited individual donations during possible recount. [NYT]

Carter: "I think [Iraq is] the issue that Kerry has to pursue, because, in my opinion, President Bush has not been honest with the American people and has certainly failed in almost everything he professes to be doing in Iraq and in Afghanistan, unfortunately." [USAT]

Economy picking up, but not fast enough for some Kerry voters to switch. [WSJ]

Influence of Indian vote grows and politicians take notice. [NYT]

In Atlanta, 14% of black men ineligible to vote due to prison, parole, or probation. [WP, NYT]

Absentee voting begins today in Iowa. [USAT]

Bush twins visit Minnesota. [USAT]

[AFP/Luke Frazza]

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