"'This is Wednesday, June 23rd, and George Bush is back in Philadelphia,' the announcer says. 'Mr. Bush -- before you bring us one more promise, stop breaking the promises you made four years ago.'"
Fitzgerald Notes that the Media Fund "bought time on the five highest-rated radio stations in the Philadelphia market" and will run its message in a full-page ad in the Inquirer.
Continuing the back and forth rapid response, the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign will brief reporters today on its new radio ad in Pennsylvania.
Communications Director Nicolle Devenish and Policy Director Tim Adams will discuss the new ad which "highlights the fact that over 1.4 million new jobs have been created during the past nine months and the economy is growing at its fastest rate in 20 years, even as Sen. John Kerry continues to talk down the nation's improving economy with his pessimistic rhetoric," according to a release.
Keying off of President Bush's visit to the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Inquirer's ed board writes, "There remains too many gaps between the President's fine intentions to combat AIDS and his administration's actual deeds." LINK
"The Bush administration announced Tuesday that it had completed one of the biggest changes in the history of the food stamp program, replacing paper coupons with electronic benefits and debit cards," writes Robert Pear of the New York Times. LINK
MoveOn.org and the Bush-Cheney '04 re-election campaign battle over the quality of new jobs being added at a critical time in the election season, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman and Nell Henderson Note. LINK
"The Bush campaign is seeking to boost the president's approval ratings on the economy, while Democrats are trying to deny him the political benefits of the recent upturn in U.S. job creation."
And this explainer comes near the end of the article:
"Neither side really knows much about the quality of the 1.2 million new jobs added this year because of the way the data are collected. While many more jobs were created in the service sector than at manufacturing firms, the Labor Department does not know whether a lost manufacturing job was a well-paid assembly line position or a minimum-wage janitor. Likewise, statisticians cannot be sure whether a new employee at McDonald's Corp. is flipping burgers or cutting deals in an air-conditioned office."
The Wall Street Journal's Harwood looks at the new battle shaping up this election year over values, with the prisoner abuse story "threatening one of Mr. Bush's bedrock strengths."
Harwood Notes: "Mr. Bush can't win by breaking even on values. In a race clouded by Clinton scandals, a values advantage was crucial to his triumph over Al Gore." His advisers are confident, however, that the President won't just break even but that his leadership after 9/11 cemented his image as a leaders with "'moral clarity,'" as one strategist told Harwood, who also considers how the gay marriage debate will "draw a values line to the incumbent's benefit."
Nuala O'Faolain isn't so sure President Bush will receive the enthusiastic welcome of the Irish as past U.S. Presidents have. LINK
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Marlon Manuel looks at the First Lady as the First Surrogate. LINK