The Note

The Los Angeles Times' Nick Anderson with the help of the supremely talented Evan Tracey Notes that if you combine Kerry's ad with Media Fund and Moveon.org ads you would have seen more anti-Bush campaign commercials than Bush-Cheney '04 commercials in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday.LINK

"To be sure, ad buys can fluctuate from day to day in any campaign. But TV spending data suggest that in some areas of the country, Democrats may be able to blunt the overwhelming financial edge Bush holds over Kerry."

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Conkey spent some time on the candidates' Web sites. "The number of Americans who regularly go online to follow the campaign has jumped 44% since the 2000 election, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Suddenly, the Web has become a key battleground for winning over undecided voters and their money," writes Conkey.

Conclusions?

"Mr. Bush has often been called the CEO president, and his campaign Web site reflects some of that top-down style … "

" … The Kerry site, meanwhile, gets the nod for clarity and tech-savvy."

USA Today's Page and Benedetto write of the latest Gallup Poll showing Americans are "increasingly gloomy" when it comes to the current economy and the direction of the country. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: the politics of national security:

In the aftermath of the train bombings in Spain, President Bush has begun "talking to other world leaders about his determination to remain on the offensive in the war on terrorism," writes Mike Allen of the Washington Post. LINK

Spain's incoming prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero called Iraq a "disaster" yesterday and "made clear that he would pursue a 'cordial' but decidedly more distant relationship with the United States than did his predecessor," writes Keith Richburg on the front page of today's Washington Post. LINK

"The hand-lettered sign at the sidewalk memorial for the 200 victims of last week's deadly train bombings starkly summed up a sentiment of many who came to pay respects Monday afternoon. It read: 'They Died to Support Bush,'" writes Glenn Frankel of the Washington Post in his piece on anger towards the U.S. in Spain. LINK

Through the prism of the Madrid bombings, the Wall Street Journal's Schlesinger writes about Kerry's delicate balancing act when it comes to criticizing President Bush's handling of the war on terror. "The train attacks and election fallout in Spain pose obvious complications for President Bush. But those events create a dilemma for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry as well: how to criticize the incumbent's war on terror without seeming to invite al Qaeda to try to shape this autumn's U.S. contest."

The New York Times' Rosenbaum and Wilgoren write despite Kerry's tendency to use daily events to showcase Bush's shortcomings, he has steered clear of talking about the fall of the Spanish government and the terrorist attacks there. LINK

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