The editorial board sums it up: "But the issue boils down to one question: Which candidate would do the best job, as president, of making sure that we don't "get hit again." That is what people really care about."
However, New York Times editorial board calls Vice President Cheney's comments Tuesday "disgraceful." LINK
The Times Notes that there is a danger no matter who wins on Nov. 2 but does get in this dig at the Bush Administration: "The danger might be a bit less if the current administration had chosen to spend less on tax cuts for the wealthy and more on protecting our ports, securing nuclear materials in Russia and establishing an enforceable immigration policy that would keep better track of people who enter the country from abroad."
The headline on a weird little brief in the New York Times : "Edwards Demands Action on Remark." LINK
In 1992, the senior Mr. Bush wooed the voters with 'Message: I care.' So this week, Mr. Cheney wooed the voters with, Message: You die," writes Maureen Dowd. LINK
The Washington Post 's Richard Cohen compares Vice President Cheney's remarks to the Red scare tactics of Sen. Joe McCarthy. LINK
ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry's Iraq message:
Jacob Schlesinger of the Wall Street Journal writes that Kerry's speech yesterday was part of an offensive to try to retake control of the debate over Iraq and Vietnam.
The resourceful David Halbfinger ends his news of day wrap with this tidbit: LINK
"Later, in Rochester, Minn., Mr. Kerry denied that he had used Dr. Dean's critique of Mr. Bush's handling of the war. 'I don't think I borrowed anything; that's a phrase that I've used,' Mr. Kerry told an interviewer from the Minneapolis NBC affiliate, KARE."
On Kerry's Iraq policy, the New York Times editorial board writes: "Given the political corner Mr. Kerry has painted himself into, it's not surprising that his advisers are urging him to start concentrating on the economy. But Iraq is still the great crisis confronting the United States. While the temptation to dodge it at this point is natural, Mr. Kerry should resist." LINK
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) lays out what an America's foreign policy would look like with a Democrat in charge.
Since it's all about Iraq no matter what anyone says, take a look at the Boston Globe 's Pat Healy insight into a potential Iraq strategy (novel idea) for the Democratic nominee. LINK
"While Kerry did not offer a detailed strategy of his own for Iraq, several advisers said they were examining options for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2008, a goal the Democratic presidential nominee set on Monday. Ideas include convening a series of meetings with other heads of state, first Europeans and then Middle Eastern leaders, and offering financial incentives that invite nations like Russia, France, Egypt, and Jordan to contribute troops to Iraq."
Ah, but the detailed strategy is reportedly coming. The Washington Post 's Paul Farhi and Jim VandeHei wrap Senator Kerry's speech yesterday, and look ahead to Kerry laying out his plan for military operations there. LINK