Election Recycling: What Am I Doing Here? Edition

that one over there id totally do her Campaigns shift election strategies to hinge on portrayal of Iraq: "secure, democratic, federal and free" versus "a crisis of historic proportions." Bush shows leadership, Kerry charges mismanagement. Republican strategist fears "a nasty turn." [NYT, USAT]


Bush argues case to quiet assembly of dignitaries at the United Nations: "Every nation that wants peace will share the benefits of a freer world, and every nation that seeks peace has an obligation to help build that world." [WP, NYT, USAT, BG]

Kerry responds: "[Bush] does not have the credibility to lead the world. And he did not and will not offer the leadership in order to do what we need to do to protect our troops, to be successful and win the war on terror in an effective way." [WP, NYT, LAT, USAT, BG]

Gap between Bush and the world seemed farthest yet; Annan: "Those who seek to bestow legitimacy must themselves embody it, and those who invoke international law must themselves submit to it." [WP, NYT]

CBS News producer put Burkett in touch with Lockhart; White House jumps on possible cooperation over questionable report. Gillespie: "What did they know and when did they know it?" [WP, NYT, LAT, BG, WT]

Debate commission postpones acceptance of agreement until Friday; strict guidelines will make town-hall debate "extremely mechanical." Fox to air baseball playoffs instead of third debate. [NYT, WSJ, WT]

Republican leaders accept extension of middle-class tax cuts; Senate and House votes expected soon. [WP]

Kerry in aggressive fight to curb erosion of female supporters, beginning with "Live with Regis and Kelly"; Bush successfully courting demographic with message of security, especially in shadow of Russian school massacre. [NYT]

SBVFT to spend $1.3m on ad comparing Kerry to Jane Fonda and purporting he met with "enemy leaders" during war. [WP, WT]

Lockhart has revamped communications at KE04: "This is my fifth campaign, which makes me about 83. . . What am I doing here?" [LAT]

Democrats beating expectations in eight Senate races. Professor: "It's not a Republican lock or cinch. They're all driven by factors unique to the candidate and to the state." [WSJ]

Candidates run on manliness, sportsmanship: "What in the past seemed too arrogant, too macho, women really like this cycle. They want someone who will do what it takes to protect America." [USAT]

Kerry to attack Bush's Social Security plan as a gift to Wall Street donors. [WP]

Jewish voters, frustrated with Iraq, turn overwhelmingly to Kerry; Bush up five points from 2000. [WP]

Kerry supporters nervous but giddy and optimistic about candidate's tone. [WP]

Bush crowd shrieks enthusiastically with full confidence. Supporter: "If John Kerry were here today and experienced this, John Kerry would vote for Bush." [WP]

Review of context for campaign rhetoric. [LAT]

Race tied in New Jersey; Kerry leads in Washington. [NYT, USAT]

Arab American questions Cheney on Iraqi elections and protections of Muslims domestically. [LAT]

Nader says Kerry keeps him off ballots. [WP]

Teresa and John show opposites attract. Teresa: "Where's the bar? Where's the bar?" [USAT]

[AFP/Luke Frazza]

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