Election Recycling: In The Throws of a Honeymoon Edition

i_look_uncomfortable_because_i_have_something_in_my_pants Bush, in Iowa, goes positive, peaceful: "The enemy declared war on us. Nobody wants to be the war president. I want to be the peace president. The next four years will be peaceful years." [NYT, WP, LAT, WT, USAT]

In first six months of this year, Democrats outraised Republicans by $20 million, for first time since 1992. KE04 raised more online last month than BC04 has since their site opened. Says former RNC chair, "John Kerry is still in the full throes of a remarkable honeymoon. The Democratic base is energized as never before, and they are opening their wallets as never before." [WP, LAT, WSJ]

Bush plans intensive campaign following Democratic convention, will lay out second term agenda of domestic policies including social security, college loans, the uninsured. Bush will visit Arnold in California. [NYT, LAT, WSJ]

Kerry campaigns heavily in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado; demographic shifts make region more attractive, receptive. "I have to start reading the papers," says resident. [WSJ]

Berger resigns as Kerry adviser due to investigation. [WP, NYT, LAT]

Santorum, Brownback, Hastert added to GOP convention roster. [LAT]

Some military families, facing redeployment, shift opinion of Bush. Former soldier: "My overall encapsulation is that the public will be overwhelmingly surprised at how many people coming back from Iraq will not vote for George W. Bush." Expert: "If you're in the Army, you feel the institution is unraveling all around you." [WP]

Parties, not campaigns, prepared to be chief fundraisers. [NYT]

Bush support appears dependent on jobs data. [LAT, USAT]

Democrats attack Cheney, Halliburton for work in Iran. [WP]

Poll finds Libertarian candidate could cut into Bush support. Pollster: "Those voters, without even knowing the candidate, are so upset with Bush they are willing to say, 'I'm going to vote for a Libertarian." [LAT]

Veterans to have active role in Boston. [NYT]

Kerry campaign intern complains bureaucracy, "risk-averse approach" limit effectiveness. [WP]

Poll finds delegates want Hillary in '08 should Kerry lose. [USAT]

In Nantucket, few care about Kerry. Also: "He was also given three dogs to stroke." [BG]

Arnold credited with bring "SNL" sayings to campaigns. [LAT]

[Kevin Lamarque/Reuters]


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