The Note

Today's Schedule (all times Eastern):

—8:00 am: General Wesley Clark officially files to be a candidate in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, Concord, N.H. —10:00 am: President and Mrs. Bush participate in the presentation of the National Humanities Medal Awards, White House —10:00 am: Reverend Al Sharpton meets with the Black Psychiatrists of Greater New York and Associates, New York City —10:15 am: Off-camera White House press gaggle with Scott McClellan —10:45 am: Governor Howard Dean attends a campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa —11:25 am: President Bush meets with the president of Italy, White House —12:05 pm: Senator Max Baucus holds a news conference to announce his endorsement of General Clark's presidential campaign, Capitol Hill —12:10 pm: Congressman Dennis Kucinich visits a senior center, Iowa City, Iowa —12:30 pm: Senator John Edwards holds a town hall meeting at Morris College, Sumter, S.C. —12:30 pm: Vice President Cheney makes remarks at a Bush-Cheney 2004 fundraiser luncheon, New York City —12:45 pm: Senator John Kerry meets with Democratic activists, Winterset, Iowa —1:00 pm: Governor Dean attends a campaign rally at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa —1:30 pm: On-camera White House press briefing with Scott McClellan —2:00 pm: President Bush makes remarks and signs a proclamation in honor of the National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week, White House —2:00 pm: California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley certifies the results of the October 7 recall election, Sacramento —2:00 pm: House convenes for a pro forma session —2:00 pm: Congressman Kucinich attends a forum with students, Coralville, Iowa —3:00 pm: Senator Edwards holds a roundtable with business leaders, Florence, S.C. —6:00 pm: Senator Kerry meets with Democratic activists, Des Moines, Iowa —6:15 pm: Congressman Kucinich attends a campaign rally at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa —6:45 pm: Governor Dean attends a campaign rally at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa —7:00 pm: Senator Edwards attends a fish-fry with Orangeburg County Democrats, Orangeburg, S.C. —7:30 pm: Congressman Kucinich attends a peace rally, West Branch, Iowa —8:00 pm: Senator Kerry meets with Democratic activists, Des Moines, Iowa —8:45 pm: Governor Dean keynotes a fundraiser for State Senator Herman Quirmbach, Ames, Iowa —9:30 pm: Senator Edwards attends a campaign reception, Orangeburg, S.C.

NEWS SUMMARY

Big political stories right now and through the weekend: Iraqification; the Louisiana governor's race; Senator Clinton and the Six Pack in Iowa; and it'stheeconomystupidchangeversusmoreofthesameanddon'tforgethealthcare.

Big political story for us here:

ABC News and ABC affiliate WMUR (Manchester, NH) are announcing this morning that we will produce a live, 90-minute debate among the Democratic candidates for president in Durham, New Hampshire on Tuesday, December 9, 2003. The debate is facilitated by the Democratic National Committee on behalf of the Democratic candidates.

The debate is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm ET. ABC News Nightline anchor Ted Koppel will moderate the debate and WMUR anchor Scott Spradling will join him in questioning the candidates.

ABC News, WMUR, and the Manchester Union Leader will also host a debate in New Hampshire on Thursday, January 22 just before the January 27th New Hampshire primary.

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