Election Recycling: Listing Names Edition

the lipless wonder With campaigns trading jabs, party strategists focus on 18 states that will decide the election. "At the presidential level, it still might be very, very close to even-steven, particularly with a nominee like Kerry, who has gotten off to such a good start and who doesn't have the negatives that a Dean candidacy would," says analyst Rhodes Cook. [WP and LAT]


Kerry camp, racing to define their candidate before Bush, plans tours on jobs and health care. "The president can't come out now and say, 'O.K., I finally have a plan to fix the economy.' Where have you been for the past three years? John Kerry can," says his communications director. [NYT]

Spanish voters oust key U.S. ally in defeat to Bush. "We don't know that what happened in Spain marks a broader trend. But I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said this is the kind of outcome we might have wished for," says one senior official. [NYT and WP]

Powell challenges Kerry to name foreign leaders who support him: "If he can't list names, then perhaps he should find something else to talk about." [WP and NYT]

Dean is not taking his ball and going home: "John Kerry gets to be the captain of the team. And the question is, do you want to be on the team and work for change or do you not? And I do want to be on the team." [AP/Yahoo]

Kerry introduces health care plan: "The millions and millions of Americans with and without health insurance who fear opening their medical bills are the unheard majority in this debate. They're not silent, they've just been ignored." [WT]

Online video campaign ads gain popularity as cheap and effective way to raise money and promote candidacy outside of the boundaries of regulations. [WP]

Powell, Rumsfeld, Rice hit talk shows to defend Iraq war. [WT]

Black caucus disagrees with Kerry that gay marriage is a civil rights issue. [WT]

Kerry's primary opponents now key fundraisers. [USAT]

Kerry's support of NAFTA could hurt him in Ohio, where job losses mount. [USAT]

Campaigns wary of misusing 9/11; Giuliani doesn't mention it when he visits Iowa and New Hampshire. [NYT]

Bush keeps steady schedule: up at 5, down at 10. "One gets a sense of time being ordered and directed," says one guest. [NYT]

AP Photo/NBC News, Alex Wong, HO

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