ABC News' The Note: First Source for Political News

first time, I'm a single issue voter — the war. Despite some misteps by the Bush administration, I largely agree with the way they are proceeding in this war. I have 3 sons, the oldest will be 18 in 4 years. Selfishly, I want this war to get fought and won over the next few years before my sons have to do the fighting.

P. Albinus, New York, New York: "Hi. I voted for Al Gore in 2000 and I plan to vote for Bush in November. Why? The war on terror. Bush may be too conservative for my tastes but he gets the war and the fact that we have an enemy that wishes us ill. Kerry, I'm not so sure."

S. Mahar, New York, New York: "The main reason I'm voting for Bush in November is the war against the fascist strain of Islam that would destroy us if it had the opportunity."

A psychology professor from Colorado: "I've never voted for a Republican in my life before now (2 Clintons, 1 Gore, and PA Gov. Ed Rendell). But frankly, I think that nobody can truly say what Kerry believes, and that's disturbing to me. His DNC speech sealed my vote against him, with the aforementioned 'retaliation' and the fact that he's running on 30 year old accomplishments and entirely skipped his long Senate career."

Note Note: very few of our respondents mentioned same-sex marriage.

Today, Vice President Cheney leads and begins the attack this morning when he criticizes Kerry's stated desire to wage a "more effective, more thoughtful, more strategic, more proactive, more sensitive war on terror" — highlighting, of course, the last phrase — at a campaign rally in Dayton at 10:00 am ET.

Senator Kerry's first chance to respond will come at 2:00 pm ET, when he speaks at California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA.

Kerry is beginning a two-week focus not on sensitivity or the war on terror but the economy — dubbed "A Stronger America Begins at Home: The Path to Prosperity."

Kerry spokesperson Allison Dobson tells ABC News' Teddy Davis that there might be some new nuggets on child care today but that for the most part Kerry's speech will collect the various strands of his corporate and personal tax policies — proposals you've heard before — into one place.

Kerry then flies to Central Point, OR for an 8:00 pm ET rally before spending the night in Eugene.

What Kerry won't be (willingly) talking about: the California Supreme Court is set to rule today on whether San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom exceeded his authority by allowing gay couples to marry earlier this year.

President Bush meanwhile visits Las Vegas, where Kerry was yesterday, to speak to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners at 2:00 pm ET. He then flies to Santa Monica, where Kerry was last night, for an RNC fundraiser at the Santa Monica Airport with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (who may start campaign out-of-state for Bush, reports the LA Times' Peter Nicholas. ">LINK

President and Mrs. Bush appear (taped) on CNN's "Larry King Live" at 9:00 pm.

And don't forget this nugget of the day: Ralph Nader returns to Florida for the first time since the 2000 election. He holds a 1:00 pm ET press conference and 6:30 pm ET rally in Tampa and has a closed meeting with the St. Petersburg Times' editorial board.

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