The Note

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush v. Kerry: the money: The AP's Sharon Theimer writes up the money reports for April. LINK The Washington Post 's Paul Farhi takes a look through the FEC reports and finds that Senator Kerry raised nearly twice as much as the president in April, and that the BC04 burn rate amounts, as ABC News' Karen Travers reported yesterday, to nearly $130 million. LINK Farhi reports that the folks in Arlington spent nearly $31 million in April, and took in $15.6 million. The Kerry campaign collected $30 million — the second month in a row that the Senator's fundraising haul has topped the president's.

The New York Times ' Glen Justice has his own facts and figures. LINK The Los Angeles Times Notes the shrinking green gap between the president and Senator Kerry: "The president's campaign has spent $130 million, more than all the money Kerry, a senator from Massachusetts, has raised since he announced his candidacy. Bush has spent so much of his money — $80 million in March and April — that the gap in cash available to the two candidates has been significantly narrowed." LINK

(P.S.: We knew Barbara Bush'd be a hit!)

The Orlando Sentinel's Mark Silva writes, "The cost of winning the White House in 2004 is heading toward the half-billion-dollar mark." LINK

The Chicago Tribune's Frank James picks up the Kerry campaign's prizefighter line in his fundraising story, and wraps in a Fox/Opinion Dynamics poll showing Bush and Kerry tied with 40 percent each. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Senator John Kerry:

The Wall Street Journal 's Washington Wire gives us a ladle-full of nuggets all at once, reporting some Kerry advisers "want to toughen" their candidate's defense "profile by enlisting Carter-era hawk Brzezinski as a surrogate."

And this: "As internal polling shows gas prices gaining traction, Kerry will cast energy policy as a security issue in West Coast speeches next week. Democratic state attorneys general help with plans to investigate possible price-fixing."

And one last item: "Kerry's campaign, reporting $28 million in cash, will shift from biography to issue agenda in next TV-ad wave."

The Los Angeles Times' Finnegan writes on Kerry's latest attack against the president on the education front, this time "for proposing cuts to federal programs that ease access to college for students from low-income families." LINK

And quotes David Wade as saying "it was 'absurd' to accuse Kerry of waffling on abortion."

The New York Post 's Orin sees it rather differently, for the second day in a row!! LINK The Boston Globe 's Pat Healy reports that Kerry "dashed around the Northeast" on Thursday. LINK

"The trip to Philadelphia … was Kerry's fifth visit to the swing state of Pennsylvania in the last five weeks," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer's Fitzgerald. LINK The Philadelphia Daily News Noted Kerry wasn't talking about either Iraq or the economy yesterday in Philadelphia, but instead threw his support behind an education program sponsored by Rep. Fattah. LINK The Des Moines Register 's Jane Norman writes about the noise over Kerry's 1985 trip to Nicaragua. LINK

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