The Note

Still nearly two months from the first primary, Sen. Lieberman is already thinking about his cabinet. Following his town hall meeting at the Elk's Club in Rochester, Sen. Lieberman sat down for a live two-way with C-SPAN's Steve Scully, where he reiterated his desire to have John McCain serve as his Secretary of Defense. Lieberman said he "can't wait" to have the opportunity to try to bring McCain on his team.

Al Gore is another candidate for a Lieberman cabinet. Lieberman said if he were president, he would ask Gore to hold "some high office in my administration."

Read more from the trail with Lieberman on LINK


From ABC News' Kucinich campaign reporter Melinda Arons:

Rep. Kucinich had a smile on his face as he took a bite out of the Big Apple Tuesday, and for a brief moment the campaign took on the more mainstream feel of the operations his top-tier rivals are running as he tried to woo New York voters, in contrast to the hippie vibe that permeates most Kucinich events elsewhere in the country.

Flanked by local labor leaders at his speech at the "Just Voices" studio in midtown, Kucinich (whose hair was mussed with parts sticking straight up after delivering an impassioned speech on Iraq) tried to deflect attention from the fact that many of the major unions had endorsed Gephardt and Dean over him, despite his having the most labor-friendly policies by far with his plans to cancel NAFTA and the WTO and to provide universal health care.

At a press conference after the event Kucinich told ABC News sarcastically, "It's a real credit to [Gephardt and Dean] that notwithstanding their being for the WTO and against universal health care, they still got the endorsements." But Kucinich, refusing to say whether he was passed over because of a perceived lack of electability, made a point to refer to those endorsements as the results of decisions made by labor leaders and not the rank and file, whom he insists support him and his platform wholeheartedly.

Read more from the trail with Kucinich on LINK


The Christian Science Monitor's profile Notes Sharpton's stubborn manner and his colorful past.

"And then there's the Sharpton baggage. He's the only candidate who's been indicted for tax evasion and fraud, then acquitted; who's been taped by the FBI in an alleged drug deal; and who's been stabbed for leading a protest in a predominantly white and Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. Some dismiss him even before he opens his mouth." LINK

The Village Voice dissects the Sharpton campaign, sizing it up against Jesse Jackson, Sr.'s.

"But pundits say a variety of factors have come together to prevent Sharpton from landing with the impact Jackson enjoyed in the 1980s. For starters, merely by being the first black person to launch a viable presidential campaign, Jackson was awarded the sort of cachet that Sharpton can never get." LINK

The Fresno Bee's profile proves that it is impossible to write a Sharpton profile without mentioning the controversies and Rev. Jackson.

"Not in the least, Sharpton has been furiously recasting himself. Once known mostly for his controversial causes, his exuberant hair and his rap sheet, Sharpton has projected a more mainstream image in the course of the campaign. He's getting, in particular, the kind of attention formerly lavished on his one-time mentor, the Rev. Jesse Jackson." LINK

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