The Note

The Los Angeles Times' Marshall and Iritani reports China's "chip design" is stirring some of the trade deficit pot. And Administration officials are paying attention. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry:

The AP's Deb Reichman wraps yesterday's back and fourth jabs between Kerry and Bush on the economy. LINK

The Boston Herald's David Guarino and Noelle Straub report that President Bush would like an apology from Kerry for his "crooked" remarks. LINK

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

President Bush took his economic message to Cleveland, Ohio yesterday -- a state that he has visited 15 times since taking office. Ohio Republican Party spokesman Jason Mauk told ABC News, "Nobody would argue that the economy is struggling here but we are also seeing positive numbers on state levels -- just not on employment directly. Part of the President's message is reaching Ohioans, especially the 4.4 million Ohioans that benefited from the President's tax cuts. Sen. Kerry has positions that would hurt the economy in Ohio and he would set us back."

Mark Naymick of the Cleveland Plain Dealer looks at the economic message President Bush conveyed yesterday there, "one in sharp contrast to the version told by Democrats" that campaigned in the state throughout the primaries.

"[U]nlike his Democratic rivals, Bush struck an optimistic tone, referring to the nation as 'vibrant' and declaring: 'We can prove the pessimists wrong again.'" LINK

The Washington Post's Amy Goldstein writes that President Bush's attacks on Kerry were an example of the Administration's attempts "to mold early, negative perceptions of his rival at a time when polls suggest Kerry holds a slight edge among registered voters." LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Reynolds Notes that the President didn't dwell on the dismal job-creation numbers in states like Ohio. "Instead, at greater length than in the past, he offered an explanation for the country's economic woes," repeating a theme that is used in the campaign's ads. LINK

President Bush "campaigned in Ohio today as though it were Labor Day instead of eight months before the election," Notes Stout of the New York Times. LINK

AP's Lindlaw writes "President Bush isn't backing down" on his message that his administration's response to the 9/11 attacks is a "centerpiece" of his re-election campaign, as he heads to Long Island for a dedication ceremony for a memorial. LINK

Under the foreboding headline "economic fears may threaten Bush's job," the Wall Street Journal's Harwood details President Bush's falling numbers in the latest WSJ/NBC News poll due to the economy and Notes that "That means Mr. Bush needs to shift the campaign dialogue to friendlier terrain."

From the WSJ/NBC News poll:

Forty-nine percent of those polled said that the country was heading on the wrong track while 41 percent agreed that the country was moving in the right direction.

Fifty-one percent said that they disapproved of the way President Bush was handling the economy but he does have a 50 percent overall job approval rating.

The Boston Globe's Washington looks at one potential problem for President Bush in the general election -- "women have been far less receptive to Bush's message." LINK

"Adding a prescription drug benefit and tightening school standards in his No Child Left Behind bill were supposed to burnish Bush's image as a leader with cross-party appeal who can draw major support from women."

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