On his first official day as a Washington Post reporter -- fresh from his long stint at the Raleigh News and Observer as the political reporter regularly on the road covering John Edwards -- Wagner was part of his new paper's coverage of The Pick.
Still astride two worlds, Wagner writes this today:"An analysis published in February by the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., showed that Edwards and Kerry voted identically 91 percent of the time on the 1,166 recorded votes for which both were present since 1999, when Edwards became a senator."
Of course, it turns out that Wagner's reference is to a Feb. 29 N&O story by . . . John Wagner!!!
That story said: "Since Edwards' arrival in the Senate in 1999, he and Kerry have voted the same way on 91 percent of the 1,166 recorded votes for which both were present, an analysis of their records shows."
The AP's Liz Sidoti reports John Kerry will expand his television advertising on Wednesday to John Edwards' home state, Republican-leaning North Carolina, one day after naming the Southern senator as his running mate. LINK
The Kerry-Edwards'04 campaign rolls out seven new nationwide 30-second television ads featuring the ticket together today for battlegrounds and cable, and is adding at least one new state: North Carolina, where President Bush won 56 percent of the vote in 2000, and coincidentally, campaigns today.
"Team for America" introduces the war hero veteran and the son of a mill worker as the ultimate super hero duo. "Husband and Father" and "Born in Colorado" play to the coveted NASCAR-dad vote portraying the KE04 as the ultimate he-man hockey player, prosecutor, war hero, i.e. the dad you wish woulda had ticket. Others appeal to working-class issues like taxes and security. LINK
Let's see how the Bush campaign responds. Perhaps they will feel not threatened in the South at all and say to the Kerry campaign in effect "Go waste all the money you want."
Or maybe they will feel the states could tighten up, and it is worth showing weakness by going on the air to try to stop the electoral playing field from growing.
In a pre-scheduled trip that unfair folks in the media might try to cast as defensive, President Bush travels to Sen. Edwards' home state this morning for a meeting with judicial nominees (10:35 am ET) and an RNC fundraiser (12:20 am ET) in Raleigh. He then does the same in Pontiac/Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (4:15 pm ET meeting with nominees, 5:55 pm ET fundraiser).
First Lady Laura Bush is promoting reading and raising money in the Midwest today. She pitches for summer reading at the Council Bluffs library (10:45 am ET), attends an RNC fundraiser in Omaha at 12:45 pm ET, and speaks at a "Read Out and Read" event at 3:45 pm ET.
In Philadelphia, Lynne Cheney presents the 2004 James Madison Book Award at the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 10:00 am ET.
And the Senate debates the Class Action Fairness Bill beginning at 10:30 am ET.
ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:
The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Jim VandeHei wrap the Edwards choice and recount the five criteria Kerry laid out for Johnson and Cahill in a potential running mate: "someone with a distinguished record of leadership, someone committed to Kerry's core agenda, someone with the ability to campaign in all parts of the country, someone compatible with Kerry "on every level" and someone immediately ready to assume the presidency at any moment." LINK