The Note

The Boston Globe 's Patrick Healy reports that the Kerry campaign now thinks that New Hampshire might not be a must-win after all. Healy also works in the Senator using naughty words in Rolling Stone. LINK

John Kerry drops the F bomb. LINK

The Boston Herald's David Guarino has our best nomination for witty headline of the day: "Kerry camp swears he won't apologize." LINK

The New York Post has Kerry's Rolling Stone profanity and Andy Card's request for an apology, which doesn't look likely. LINK

"'John Kerry saw combat up close [in Vietnam], and he doesn't mince words when it comes to politicians who put ideological recklessness ahead of American troops,' said campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter."

Healy also has a brief on some people being fired up about Bob Shrum helping some tangential Kennedy win office out West. LINK

No need if you are in the know to dust for fingerprints on this one.

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK


On Sunday, the Des Moines Register 's Tom Beaumont reported on Gephardt pushing his deficit plan, including a rundown of some of the "I'm right, you're wrong" exchanges Gephardt and Dean have shared on the topic. LINK

Read more from the trail with Gephardt on LINK


Mike Glover of the AP reports that on a conference call with reporters, Gen. Clark previewed parts of domestic policy "Turnaround for America" tour saying he will raise family income by $3,000 a year and provide health care coverage to 30 million more people. LINK

Time magazine's Joe Klein acknowledges a "little spark" of life in the Wesley Clark campaign. LINK

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette's Paul Barton quotes political observers as saying "new estimates showing Wesley Clark raising at least $10 million to $12 million in the fourth quarter will give his presidential campaign significant new muscle to flex" and Earl Black as saying "'one of the most interesting things to look at in Clark's upcoming Federal Election Commission report will be the amount of financial overlap between Clark and longtime supporters of former President Clinton.'" LINK

The New York Times ' Edward Wyatt on Clark's coming domestic policy rollout, "part of the campaign's effort to portray General Clark's military career as having prepared him to lead the country and are an effort to compensate for his lack of an easily identifiable record on domestic policy." LINK

Clark's new "turnaround" plan gets some Manchester Union Leader play including this week's new ad accompanying the plan. LINK

"The advertisement, which will begin to air tonight or tomorrow morning, will focus specifically on the issue of leadership. The commercial emphasizes Clark's leadership ability and says that President Bush has not offered a similar record of accountability. The Clark campaign will spend about $75,000 a week on the ad in New Hampshire."'

The AP's Sonja Barisic says Clark's first campaign stop in Virginia focused on a military theme. LINK

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

It's no surprise that Gen. Clark only wants to talk about New Hampshire.

Within the last week, Clark has had a good amount of encouragement from the polls. He has a third TV ad going up in New Hampshire outlets as early as today. As a result of spending quite a bit of time in the Granite State, the mere mention of Clark's name is no longer followed by a "who?"

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