The Note

Ed Chen of the Los Angeles Times writes that in Ohio, President Bush "talked up his social agenda, focusing on his proposals to promote marriage and his efforts to channel federal funds to religious organizations that provide social services."LINK

Chen also Notes that First Lady Laura Bush raised $500,000 for the Republican Party at a Greenwich, Conn., fundraiser on Monday.

The President shied away from the economy yesterday, instead turning to "his 2000 campaign theme of 'compassionate conservatism'" in an official to Cincinnati. During the stop, Bush discussed welfare, prayer (his favorite hymn is "Amazing Grace"), and parenting classes, although he did not mention same-sex marriage. LINK and LINK

That message plays well among Ohio's social conservatives, says Malia Rulon of the Associated Press. LINK

President Bush's trip to Ohio yesterday was his 18th visit during his Administration, the AP reports. LINK

The Springfield News Leader wraps the Vice President's visit yesterday, Noting that Cheney used the visit "to criticize Sen. John Kerry as 'pessimistic' about the economy and wishy-washy on national defense." LINK

Vice President Cheney's stop in Nevada yesterday focused on the economy and did not address the key local issue of "Bush's unpopular support" for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump, reports the Associated Press. LINK

Bill Sammon of the Washington Times picks up on Cheney's references to ex-presidents in his speech in Nevada yesterday -- connecting Bush to Reagan as an optimist and Kerry to Carter's economic policies as a pessimist. LINK

USA Today's Richard Benedetto writes that Cheney "filled the traditional vice-presidential role of attacking the opposition" in his speech and rally on the campaign trail yesterday. LINK

Protestors in Las Vegas focused on the Yucca Mountain issue in their demonstrations, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. They also said that "President Bush is too scared to face the voters of southern Nevada, and that's why he's sending his vice president," according to KVBC-TV. LINK and LINK

The AP's Liz Sidoti reports on the carefully placed radio ads in Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and Missouri. LINK

President Bush may find a permanent replacement for George Tenet at the CIA sooner rather than later, so reports the New York Times. Names being floated are Republican Reps. Porter Goss of Florida and Christopher Cox of California, as well as former CIA Director Robert Gates. LINK

"Mr. McLaughlin is highly regarded, but White House officials have said a central motivation for keeping him on is to avoid a confirmation battle in the Senate this summer. Now, however, people involved in the discussion say that plan is being revisited out of concern that a failure to select a permanent successor may be both a practical and political mistake."

"One hypothetical situation reportedly being discussed within the White House is how Mr. Bush would be perceived by the public if there is another terrorist attack against an American target before the election and an acting intelligence chief is still in place."

ABC News' Karen Travers' Cheney campaign report:

SPRINGFIELD, MO., June 21, 2004 -- In a television interview last week, Vice President Cheney was asked about the perception that he is the "enforcer" in the Bush Administration. He dismissed the term and said, "Am I warm and fuzzy or am I perceived as a tough guy? I really don't worry about that."

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