At virtually the same moment 3,000 miles away, the most prominent widows of the victims of Sept. 11 will endorse Senator Kerry in a press conference at the National Press Club, ABC News' Ed O'Keefe reports, as the candidate tries to steer the debate back to health care after spending a couple of campaign days attacking President Bush over the assault weapons ban. (AP also reports that two of them will campaign for Kerry after tomorrow.)
ABC News' Arash Ghadishah previews the president's speech today, Noting that Bush will not engage on the recent debate over his own time in the National Guard, but will tell the military audience he is proud of his service. Bush will also lavish much praise on today's Guard for their service and achievements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Just before the president's speech in Vegas, National Guard families and family members of American troops who have died in Iraq will hold a press conference criticizing the president.
"When President Bush arrives in Las Vegas today to address a convention of National Guardsmen, a group of families will be there as well, intent on protesting the Iraq war and a president who they say used his Guard service to avoid combat," writes the Los Angeles Times' La Ganga. LINK
And back in Washington the DNC officially launches "Operation Fortunate Son," an even more sustained push to portray Bush as a creature of special interests favors and interests beginning with his time in the Guard. That begins this morning at 10:30 am ET with a press conference at DNC headquarters where party chairman Terry McAuliffe will unveil a new video questioning the president's National Guard tenure.
Apparently, all this Dem activity before tomorrow hasn't been official. Go figure.
Bush's speech to the Guard is at 3:10 pm ET. Beforehand he holds a rally 10:45 am ET at Coors Amphitheater in Greenwood Village, CO.
Kerry will claim the president has neglected senior citizens by allowing Medicare premiums to rise 56 percent and bankruptcies to rise 213 percent among senior citizens. "He's driving our senior citizens right out of the middle class," Kerry will say, according to the campaign preview. "Seniors are getting squeezed like never before — but for big drug companies, these truly are the golden years."
Kerry has town halls in Milwaukee (9:30 am ET) and Toledo (3:00 pm ET).
In Washington, the Sept. 11 widows who will endorse Kerry include Kristen Breitweiser, Patty Casazza, Monica Gabrielle, Mindy Kleinberg, and Lorie Van Auken, all founders of the September 11th Advocates. They hold their press conference at the National Press Club at 2:30 pm ET.
And don't forget that the hearings into Rep. Porter Goss's nomination to be CIA director open today.
Vice President Cheney is in Arkansas and West Virginia today; Senator John Edwards is in Oregon; Ralph Nader is in Michigan and Illinois; Laura Bush is in Ohio; Teresa Heinz Kerry is in Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Edwards in is Minnesota; and Vanessa Kerry is in Iowa.
Voters go to the polls for primaries in nine states and the District of Columbia today. Washington's Democratic gubernatorial primary between Attorney General Christine Gregoire and King County Executive Ron Sims is the highest profile race in the mix.
The other states holding primaries are: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
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