Almost half of Americans think President Bush's campaign is behind the Swift Boat ads that try to undercut Kerry's medals for heroism in Vietnam, according to an Annenberg survey. LINK
Michael Kinsley spoofs the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth with a look at George Bush's secret war. LINK
Battlegrounds: Big Four: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Wisconsin:
The Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland looks at the brand-new Dispatch poll, which shows bad news for Ohioans sick of their traffic being snarled by motorcades and their television viewing overtaken by campaign ads: President Bush and Sen. Kerry are deadlocked in Ohio, with 46 percent each, Ralph Nader with 2 percent, and 6 percent of voters saying they're undecided.
Of those undecideds, 72 percent said the country is on the wrong track and 75 percent said they disapprove of the way the President is handling the economy (compared with 54 percent of total poll respondents on both questions). Bush led the last Dispatch poll, last month before the Democratic convention, by 3 points, and Rowland Notes that "In a Dispatch Poll from about this time four years ago (Sept. 3, 2000), Bush led Vice President Al Gore by 6 points. The former Texas governor won Ohio by 3.6 points."
Diane Suchetka of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on President Bush's 22nd trip to Ohio since he took office with a speech that veeered little from his traditional stump. LINK
Battleground Florida Notes Battleground Pennsylvania "Still Hasn't Made up Mind." The Orlando Sentinel reports on undecided voters in one of the large battleground states. LINK
Dick Polman of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes about President Bush returning to the city where he once "brandished a bullhorn an launched his war on terrorism," who seeks to influence undecideds and the party faithful. LINK
Who are the 2.6 million "undecided?" An explanation courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer: LINK
"At a hastily arranged convention in an Irving, Tex., hotel, Ralph Nader yesterday accepted the Reform Party's nomination for president, and the ballot lines in seven states, including Florida and Michigan, that come with it," the Washington Post's Jonathan Finer reports. "The event is something of a formality. Nader was nominated by national chairman Shawn O'Hara in a telephone conference call in May and is only being reaffirmed to satisfy a Florida election law that requires nominees to be selected in person." LINK
Politics of national security:
The New York Times' James Risen reports that the FBI is in touch with the Pentagon official suspected of passing U.S. secrets to Israel, and his trying to flip him. LINK
A CIA review "that grew out of the furor over abuses at Abu Ghraib prison now includes scrutiny of the agency's interrogation and detention practices at military-run facilities and other sites across Iraq," the New York Times reports. LINK
George Will agrees with Graham Allison that the preeminent question facing the country is how to prevent nuclear terrorism, but he disagrees with Allison, who is advising Kerry, about who would be best to deal with the threat. LINK
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