Election Recycling: Ownership Society Edition

the mack daddy Kerry, answering Bush's challenge, would still have authorized war had he known Iraq did not have WMDs. Kerry questions Bush's leadership and pre-war planning. [WP, NYT, BG, USAT]


Bush encourages "era of ownership," proposes partial privatization of Social Security, tax breaks for health care, savings, job training: "There's a philosophical divide in this campaign. My judgment is government ought to be empowering people by giving them more control over their lives." [WSJ]

Laura Bush defends stem cell position as Edwards describes a system of "strict ethical regulation," reiterates Dem support of "therapeutic cloning." [WP, NYT, LAT]

Kerry walks unclear line on stem cell research; bundles issue with broader criticism of Bush's commitment to science, health. [WSJ]

Both parties have exceeded fundraising levels of 2000 despite finance reform. [NYT]

DNC, liberal groups outspend pro-Bush groups in August ad spending. [LAT]

Kerry, at Grand Canyon, pledges to increase national parks budget by $600 million over five years. [LAT]

"Ask the President" shows are cheoreographed down to talking points. [USAT]

McCain, Bush campaigning in Florida today. [USAT]

Various groups aim to increase youth turnout; 36% of registered 18 to 24 year-olds voted in 2000 compared to 86% of all age groups. Harvard study gives Kerry 10-point lead in demographic. [WSJ] [NYT]

[Brian Snyder/Reuters]

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