The Note

BC04 officials tell the Washington Times' Bill Sammon that this election will be a choice between liberalism and conservatism, with the ideological differences between the candidates "more pronounced" that in recent elections. LINK

After looking at the mediocre grades "mainstream" economists gave Bush's fiscal record when recently surveyed by National Journal, the New York Times' David Brooks writes that the election is likely to turn on Iraq and therefore concludes that the Bush folks to "roll the dice with some attention-grabbing domestic ideas" so that if Bush is re-elected "he'll have a mandate to do something big." LINK

Paul Krugman writes up the latest Bush budget memo and charges (again) that the President's economic policies amount to a huge transfer from poor to rich. LINK

Is anyone listening to the President's Saturday morning radio address, asks the Dallas Morning News' Colleen McCain Nelson. LINK

("What is a horse shoe? What does a horse shoe do? Are there any horse socks? Is anybody listening to me?" LINK)

"The president is disappearing from the dial in some cities. And media experts say the address has evolved into a public relations tool - a chance for the commander in chief to deliver an unfiltered message without hassling with questions or critics," Nelson writes, Noting that the President's address is not even heard in Dallas.

The Miami Herald's Lesley Clark looks at President Bush's latest actions on Cuba, including travel and financial restrictions, Noting that "by playing to his conservative base, the president could hand Democratic rival John Kerry an opening in a state that decided the presidency in 2000 by just 537 votes." LINK

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne sees a conservative crack-up over Iraq that imperils Bush's re-election chances, and makes the important point that a president who shows poll weakness is more subject to intra-party attacks. LINK

John Howard and A.G. Block of the California Journal report that Gov. Schwarzenegger has said he will not campaign for President Bush outside California. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush v. Kerry:

The AP's Pete Yost recaps the candidates' Memorial Day activity. LINK

The Washington Post's Mike Allen and Michael Shear look at the Bush and Kerry efforts to court veterans in Virginia on Monday. LINK

Dana Milbank continues the Bush-distorts-his-opponents'-records drumbeat with an analysis of the President's straw men. LINK

USA Today's Rick Hampson profiles that wily George Soros and his role in that thing we like to call Bush v. Kerry. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Sen. John Kerry:

The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey previews Sen. Kerry's WMD safeguard proposals. LINK

Some excerpts from the speech:

"Take away politics, strip away the labels, the honest questions have to be asked. Since that dark day in September have we done everything we could to secure these dangerous weapons and materials? Have we taken every step we should to stop North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs? Have we reached out to our allies and forged an urgent global effort to ensure that nuclear weapons and materials are secured?"

"The honest answer, in each of these areas, is that we have done too little, often too late, and even cut back our efforts or turned away from the greatest threats we face in the world today."

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