The Note

The Massachusetts Senator sees youth activism as key, and is urging students to travel to New Hampshire and Iowa over their winter breaks, emulating students in the 1960s, reports the AP. LINK

From ABC News' Kerry campaign reporter Ed O'Keefe:

In 1968, Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy, an anti-war upstart, led a grassroots campaign featuring hundreds of students known as the "Peanut Butter & Jelly Brigade" in New Hampshire. That effort rattled sitting President Lyndon Johnson sufficiently enough to run the Democratic frontrunner out the race.

More than 30 years later at a Boston University rally, Senator Kerry called a new generation of PB&J Brigaders to duty, imploring them to volunteer for "winternships" aimed at securing the Democratic nomination for the once-favored Kerry and denying it to the insurgent former Gov. Howard Dean.

Speaking before 500 Beantown faithful in the George Sherman Auditorium, Kerry delivered his "Real Deal" stump speech, which contrasted sharply with his prepared remarks.

In the prepared text sent to the press, the Senator was written to say, "I couldn't have come this far without all of you … Already, all of you Terriers out there have contributed 2,700 volunteer hours to our effort. You've gone to Faneuil Hall and given us the largest crowds we've ever had. You've gone to Maine and braved the cold. And twice a month you go to New Hampshire to pound the pavement … "

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK


The Miami Herald 's Peter Wallsten takes Note of Gen. Wesley Clark hinting at how, as president, he would explore easing the trade embargo with Cuba. We're sitting on pins and needles waiting for him to do more than "hint" at his policies. LINK

The Boston Globe 's Joanna Weiss previews Clark's education plan. LINK

From ABC News' Clark campaign reporter Deborah Apton:

Gen. Clark's 60-second biographical ad that previewed in New Hampshire two weeks ago will begin airing this week in three states with Feb. 3 primaries — South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arizona.

A line from this commercial that sparked a question at a Tuesday evening campaign event. The deep announcer's voice says about Clark: "He speaks four languages, but his actions speak more eloquently than words."

A woman in the crowd asked Clark — which four languages do you speak?

"I debated this really hard about these four languages," General Clark replied, implying his uncertainty about putting the line in the commercial. "I know a little bit of Russian," said Clark, "a little bit of German, and a pequito Espanol."

Despite spokesman Jamal Simmon's "perfectionist" protestations, we confess we wonder what's considered "fluent."

The General offered his own criteria: "Where I am right now is I can still read a Spanish newspaper, and I can give a speech in German if it's written out. And with two vodkas, I can still talk sports in Russian."

Read more from the trail with Clark on LINK


Steve Murphy talks primary strategy at the Breakfast Formerly Known as Sperling and calls Feb. 3 the "Achilles' heel of the Dean strategy." Do see his comments on Camp Kerry! LINK

Liz Halloran of the Hartford Courant wonders if Dick Gephardt's insider status is a potential weakness. LINK

USA Today 's Jill Lawrence profiles Gephardt, and the beginning of the sixth paragraph says it all: "Gephardt, the plodding party workhorse, wants to be the alternative to Howard Dean … " LINK

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