Election Recycling: I Am Not Concerned About Osama

the master raceKerry, Bush, in dead heat, battle over domestic issues in final debate. Bush: "A plan is not a litany of complaints." Kerry refers to Mary Cheney: "We're all God's children." [WP, NYT, LAT, WSJ, BG]

Candidates use simple stereotypes, jabs that will echo until election day; both candidates seemed to play offense. [USAT, BG]

Domestic security, safety of America's families top topic last night. [USAT]

Both candidates comfortable. Kindler, gentler Bush avoids scowls; edge given to Kerry. Bush frequently uses liberal charge, Kerry repeats theme that president is out of touch. [WP, NYT, NYT, LAT]

Rampant use of false figures and out-of-context statements, including: Pell Grants were underfunded from Bush's promise in 2000; Bush met with CBC in his January, 2001; Kerry overstated his health care plan; Kerry's so-called 98 votes for higher taxes was misleading. [WP, NYT, USAT, LAT]

Personalities shine through as both candidates talk up faith, family values. [USAT]

Shales: Strong performance by Kerry builds narrow edge over "oddly giggly" president; Bush was "as smiley as Clarabell the Clown." [WP]

No major gaffes or knockouts; no excitement. Debates helped Kerry establish level playing field entering final stretch. [NYT, LAT]

Bush in 2002: "I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about [Osama]. I know he is on the run. . . we shoved him out more and more on the margins." [LAT]

CBC refused to leave White House unless Bush met with them. [LAT]

Lynne calls Kerry's reference to Mary "a cheap and tawdry political trick," says Kerry "is not a good man." [WP]

Pundits, bloggers raised stakes, then mostly sided with their choice. [NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Edwards jumps on Snow's comment that job loss, surplus loss are "myths"; Cheney questions Kerry ability to fight war on terror. [NYT]

KE04 releases two ads to counter attacks on health care plan: "It's Bush that let insurance companies overrule your doctor." [WP]

KE04 puts emphasis on Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, Iowa, Florida, Pennsylvania; Devine promises "campaign of substance." [BG]

SBVFT adds anti-Kerry POWs to group and name; many are interviewed in documentary to air on Sinclair stations. [WP]

Bush benefits from terrorism fears in New Jersey. [WP]

RNC-linked group charged with destroying Democratic registrations in Las Vegas. [WP]

44,000 supporters attend post-debate rally for Bush. [USAT]

Dems request FCC investigate Sinclair's anti-Kerry documentary. [LAT]

NRA to spend $20m in 10-15 states to reelect Bush. [LAT]

Parties have recruited over 300,000 college-age volunteers. [USAT]

Lawsuits already under way in Florida. Scholar: "Both parties are playing the pre-emption game as much as the reactive game this time out." [NYT]

Door-to-door canvassing yields most votes, according to new study. [NYT]

Nader off ballot in Pennsylvania. [NYT, LAT]

[AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite]


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