The Note

Though supporters say they need to see a victory soon, Dean vows to stay in the race, report the New York Times' Seelye and Wilgoren. Do see both the Jackson and Rivera comments in this one. LINK

It's Wisconsin or bust for Team Dean now, writes the Chicago Tribune's Piercin' Rick Pearson. LINK

The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson gives a prognosis of the Dean campaign, including Dean's self-diagnosis that Washington (D.C.) is hinging on Washington (state). LINK

The AP's Ammons writes about why Dean could very well find the lifeline he needs in Washington state. LINK

Johanna Neuman and Nick Anderson of the Los Angeles Times take a look at Dean's less rowdy support from his prominent endorsers. LINK

"But many on Capitol Hill who loudly supported Dean are now much harder to find for comments on the campaign. A half dozen did not return calls; an aide to one congressman said his boss would not be calling back because 'there have been a lot of changes in the campaign.'"

Winning delegates in Washington state and Michigan in the next round of caucuses on February 7 is vital to Dean's viability as a candidate, reports Thomas Fitzgerald of Knight Ridder, and the Governor is attempting to make a stand in both, though he is less optimistic about Michigan, where Democratic establishments largely back Kerry. LINK

Read more from the trail with Dean on LINK


The New York Times' Ed Wyatt picks up on Gen. Clark's attacking Kerry and Edwards by name yesterday. LINK

Jody Callahan at the Memphis Commercial Appeal calls Tennessee "make or break" for Wes Clark. LINK

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

NASHVILLE, TENN., Feb. 4 -- Gen. Clark has said from the very beginning that he's running a positive campaign and is avoiding attacking his fellow Democrats in the race. And throughout Clark's campaign so far, the press has been waiting for him to go negative on his opponents. So on Wednesday morning, when Clark finally went on the attack against "the Johns," accusing them of voting for congressional measures in support of No Child Left Behind, the Patriot Act, and the war in Iraq, it must have been a surprise to the campaign when the remarks made very little news.

(Except perhaps for a misguided statement that reporters picked up on in Clark's comments at a press availability: "We've done a lot of criticism about tax cuts for the wealthy -- John Edwards, John Kerry voted for tax cuts for the wealthy." Neither Kerry nor Edwards voted for the tax cuts that passed in 2001 and 2003.)

The story reporters keep coming back to is whether or not Clark can or will remain in the race.

Midday Wednesday, news began to spread among the traveling press corps that Clark campaign staffers had taken a vote in the Little Rock, Ark., headquarters to forgo their paychecks for the next week leading up to the Feb. 10 primaries in Tennessee and Virginia. The democratic vote, as chief strategist Chris Lehane said, ended in 250 staffers giving up their pay for one week to help finance a competitive campaign in Tennessee. They do not expect the paychecks to be reimbursed later. Clark campaign press secretary Bill Buck says the campaign will save around $240,000. Field staffers in Michigan, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin, however, will remain on payroll.

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