Sen. McCain: "It's a big thing this war." "It's a fight between right and wrong, good and evil." "And should our enemies acquire for their arsenal the chemical, biological and nuclear weapons they seek, this war will become an even bigger thing." "It will become a fight for our survival." "America is under attack by depraved enemies who oppose our every interest and hate every value we hold dear. It is the great test of our generation and he has led with great moral clarity and firm resolve. He has not wavered, he has not flinched from the hard choices, he was determined and remains determined to make this world a better, safer, freer place. He deserves not only our support but our admiration. That's why I am honored to introduce to you the President of the United States, George W. Bush."
President Bush: "I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message."
Sen. Kerry, as of this writing, plans to keep his day schedule, kicking off a three-day focus on "restoring responsible leadership" with a 9:00 am ET speech in Pittsburgh, Pa. followed by a 12:20 pm ET address to the AME in Indianapolis, and then back to Pittsburgh. Tomorrow, the ticket heads to Ohio. Thursday to Florida. TBD is the big Radio City Music Hall fundraiser in New York City on Thursday night. On Friday, they head to West Virginia, and on Saturday to North Carolina.
But we'll see if that stays true.
After the NEA event: A senior source involved in the planning of the roll-out tells ABC News that the plans call for Edwards to meet Kerry in Pittsburgh tonight, where the two will have a brief photo-op for cameras -- the first time we see them mug for the photogs. The plans also call for their campaigning together tomorrow in Ohio, and there are tentative plans on Friday for an event in North Carolina. These plans are subject to change, but as of now they are being put into motion.
The President meets with the Prime Minister of Iceland at the White House this morning.
And in a bit of serendipitous poetry: The Senate reconvenes for an executive session on a judicial nomination. A roll call vote will occur at 5:00 pm ET on the nomination, at which point Senators will begin debate of class action lawsuit legislation.
Must-read: The New York Times' Halbfinger and Nagourney got tons of details about how the Kerry VP announcement might unfold. LINK
In that already-famous, unbylined and unsourced "exclusive," the New York Post reports that Sen. Kerry has chosen Rep. Dick Gephardt as his running mate. LINK
We await the Deborah Orin explanation.
The Washington Post's Jonathan Finer and Dan Balz had this: "Kerry and his running mate are expected to campaign together on Wednesday in Ohio and again on Thursday, when the Democrats hold a major fundraising gala in New York. The Democratic ticket will also go to the home state of the vice presidential nominee at the end of the week." LINK
Note the contribution by staff writer John Wagner! Annapolis or bust, we say.
The Boston Herald's Jack Meyers talks with some campaign donors who attended fundraisers yesterday with Edwards. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's Alan Murray reports that the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has thrown down the gauntlet: if John Kerry picks John Edwards for the ticket, the chamber will "work feverishly to defeat the Democratic ticket." The reason business leaders don't want Edwards in the VP spot, according to what Murray's heard: he's a trial lawyer. LINK