Election Recycling: False Prophets in Sheep's Clothing Edition

chinlesswonderBush, 52% to Kerry, 43% in WP/ABC poll; closer in battleground states. BC04 achieved convention objectives; Kerry approval down to 36%; Bush leads in handling of terrorism, Iraq, taxes, economy, education, international relations, tied on job creation; Bush leads among men by 18, Kerry leads among women by 6; youth support up dramatically for Bush. Bush over Kerry for honesty, leadership, vision, values, and personality. [WP, NYT]

Documents unearthed regarding Bush's guard duty possibly forged. [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, WT]

DNC joins parade questioning Bush's guard duty; Republicans to reply with stepped-up attacks on Kerry's war protests. SBVFT to spend $700,000 on ads: "How can the man who renounced his country's symbols now be trusted?" [WP, BG]

1,000 military deaths has not caused clear backlash; 51% say Iraq war was worth fighting. [WP]

Kerry charges Bush for "runaway" health care costs; Bush calls out "hidden" tax increases by Kerry. Gore joins in rhetorical fight against Cheney. [WP, WT, USAT]

Bush: "If you drive a car, Senator Kerry has voted for higher taxes on you. If you have a job, he's voted for higher taxes on you. If you're married, or have children, he's voted for higher taxes on you." [NYT, ]

Cheney: Hussein "provided safe harbor and sanctuary" for Al Qaeda. [LAT]

Kerry tells black Baptist audience to "beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep's clothing." Urban areas, he says, "are being torn apart by forces just as divisive and destructive as Jim Crow." [NYT, LAT, USAT]

Teresa on KE04 health care plan: "Only an idiot wouldn't like this. Of course, there are idiots." [USAT]

With Kerry slipping, increased chatter of Shrum curse. On election night 2000, "Bob kept saying, 'Finally, finally.' He didn't really know what to do with himself." [WP]

Secret Service kept reporters from interviewing Bush hecklers. [WP]

For debate teams, it's Baker, Matalin, Haley Barbour versus Vernon Jordan, Robert Barnett, Granholm, Napolitano. [NYT]

Nader predicts Kerry loss. [LAT]

Nader off Florida ballot. [WP]

Politics on back-burner in Florida. [LAT]

Republican attacks credited with increasing interest in Kitty Kelley's book. [WSJ]

BC04 peeved Carville, Begala remain on CNN. Carville: "It's not like I'm on a news show. Why can't I host the most polemic talk show on television?" [NYT]

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