The Note

Read more from the trail with Clark on abcnews.com: LINK

Gephardt:

From ABC News' Gephardt campaign reporter Sally Hawkins:

Fresh from a couple of relaxing days with his family, Rep. Gephardt was back in Iowa this weekend with wife Jane by his side at each stop. Gephardt began delivering a trimmed down and mercifully shorter stump speech to noticeably larger crowds in northeastern Iowa. He has eliminated the witty "warm up" stories that used to get his audience chuckling before he began hammering away at Bush and driving home his health care plan. Also pared down are details that used to leave some people scratching their heads, like the inner workings of his complex universal health care plan. Now, he invites listeners to talk to him after the speech if they care to know more. During the last several stops, key issues like the war in Iraq were left out all together.

John Lapp, Gephardt's guy in Iowa, said issues so often brought up during the Q&A sessions do not need so much time in the speech itself. After nearly every speech during which the war was not addressed, it was one of the first questions asked. And Gephardt's answer? Nearly identical to his former stump speech lines. Staffers also believe that Gephardt wins people over more effectively when he speaks with them one-on-one, something he plans to do more often.

Read more from the trail with Gephardt on abcnews.com: LINK

Edwards:

Today's new Edwards ad takes the economic message hard at the White House, with rocking production techniques. The spot will air on broadcast news stations in the Ottumwa, Sioux City and Mason City markets and on cable stations in the Quad Cities market.

Edwards makes book hawking a fundraising tool, reports the News & Observer's John Wagner. LINK

Bill Safire (who underestimates Howard Dean's living room capacity) and Walter Shapiro both tout the Edwards dark horse — Safire on "Meet" and Shapiro in a hard-hitting Newsweek interview. LINK

Quiz!!!

Which of these two passages appeared in the Union Leader (Sunday News) yesterday, in a story about John Edwards:

A. "Bethany and Carol Stott of Windham agreed, adding they want to be prepared for the primary election and make the best possible decision."

"They both described Edwards as personable, prepared and handsome."

"'He is totally electable. He is very connecting with the voters, and that means a lot,' Bethany Stott said."

Or

B. "Bethany and Carol Stott of Windham agreed, adding they want to be prepared for the primary election and make the best possible decision."

"They both described Edwards as gorgeous, prepared and handsome."

"'He is totally electable. He is very connecting with the voters, and that means a lot,' Bethany Stott said." LINK

From ABC News' Edwards campaign reporter Gloria Riviera:

The Edwards campaign starts December focused on Iowa, where the Senator continues a five-day swing through the state attending house parties, coffee shop meet-and-greets and the occasional town hall. He plans to have visited all 99 counties in Iowa by the end of December.

Over the holiday the Edwards campaign might have given thanks to the Feldman Group, Inc., for releasing poll numbers showing Edwards leading in South Carolina at 17%, followed by Rev. Al Sharpton at 12%. Still, with a sampling margin of error of 4 points, there is room for improvement.

Read more from the trail with Edwards on abcnews.com: LINK

Lieberman:

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