The Note

Rep. Dennis Kucinich campaigns in Oregon today.

Ralph Nader has no public events today.

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

The Bush-Cheney '04 campaign will launch its second radio ad today, a 60-second national radio spot that features a Boston law enforcement officer discussing Senator Kerry's record on taxes.

The ad will run in the 18 states that are currently seeing BC04 television spots, on a variety of radio stations.

"The radio ad highlights Senator Kerry's consistent support for higher taxes that would derail the economic recovery," BC04 press secretary Scott Stanzel says. "It's important to seek out the opportunities we have available to communicate President Bush's message."

Script:

Jay Moccia:

"My name is Jay Moccia. I'm a law enforcement officer in the greater Boston area.

And for the record, I think you guys have a funny accent, too.

John Kerry has been my Senator for 20 years.

Now he's running for President. You might want to know him the way some of us in Massachusetts do.

Take his record on taxes.

John Kerry likes to raise taxes. So much so he's voted for higher taxes 350 times …

I'm a working guy with six kids. The last thing I need is another Kerry tax increase. Senator Kerry also voted to increase taxes on seniors' Social Security benefits.

No it's not fair at all … these people have worked their whole lives and to put a tax on them is just wrong.

And sad to say, John Kerry even voted against giving small businesses tax breaks so they could provide health care for their employees.

It looks like Kerry's gonna raise taxes about 900 billion dollars within his first hundred days in office.

I'd say look it, trust me, John Kerry likes to raise taxes. It's what he's done before and you know he'll do it again.

That's just … just wrong."

Mr. Moccia — let's get ready to rumble (with the Kerry campaign)!!!

And hats off to A. Kornblut for breaking this story cleanly in Sunday's Boston Globe .

Also today, the BC04 campaign will fan out across the country in a series of press conferences that will highlight the campaign's message that Sen. Kerry has at times supported higher gas taxes.

Throughout the nation, members of Congress, state officials and small business owners will hold press events to pitch the campaign's message that Sen. Kerry has supported higher gas taxes at least 11 times and his one-time rhetorical support for raising the gas tax 50 cents.

Press conferences will be held by Rep. Mark Green of Wisconsin, Rep. Don Sherwood of Pennsylvania and Senator Norm Coleman of Minnesota.

Newsweek reports on its new poll, showing the approval rating for Bush's handling of terrorism and homeland security has slid to 57 percent from 70 percent two months ago. Bush's overall approval remains unchanged at 49 percent. LINK

The Boston Globe's Anne Kornblut turned in a must-read Sunday, looking at the way the Bush campaign is trying to get in Kerry's face, previewing the 60-second radio ad featuring a Boston police officer criticizing Kerry's stance on taxes that's set to be released today. LINK

"For the most part, such endeavors are designed to accomplish traditional political goals — in this case, convince voters that Kerry can be undermined where he is strongest, counter his proposal to cut corporate taxes, and give the Bush team an opportunity to repeat criticisms of his record and his past. Kerry steadfastly denies he would raise taxes on those making less than $200,000 a year."

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