The Note

Kerry unveiled a new ad yesterday using footage of Bush declaring an end to major combat operations in Iraq, writes the AP. LINK

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

Senator Kerry emerged Monday from the Paralyzed Veterans of America center in Des Moines, Iowa, the first stop on his one-day, four-stop pre-Veterans' Day tour, determined to stay on message.

Unfortunately for the campaign, from the moment the Associated Press ran its bulletin at 3:44 am Monday, only two questions dominated the day: why did Kerry fire campaign manager Jim Jordan and what does it mean for his beleaguered campaign?

In the day's brief, solitary avail, Kerry skipped the first question and would only offer, "I wanted to change the dynamic" 10 times to numerous variations on the second. Labeled both disciplined at best and desperate at worst, Kerry refused to elaborate on how or why this move would actually change the dynamic of his campaign.

Back on the bus, the now Cahill-guided camp announced that the Senator became the first candidate to use footage of President George W. Bush on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in campaign commercial, airing in Iowa and New Hampshire.

In a 30-second ad entitled "Aircraft Carrier," the image of flight-suited President Bush appears as an announcer says, "Who can take on George W. Bush and change the direction of the nation?"

Kerry campaigns in Phoenix, Arizona, this morning before appearing in a Veterans Day parade. Kerry then heads further west where he hopes to make a splashy triumph (get it?) on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Read more from the trail with Kerry on LINK


The Washington Post 's Richard Cohen writes, "The more Dean's opponents attack him, the more he is adored by his supporters and the more it enhances his anti-Washington credentials. Every time they give him the kiss of death, it amounts to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He revives and comes out fighting." LINK

USA Today 's ed board sounds off on what's wrong with the nation's public financing rules. LINK

The Chicago Sun-Times' editorial page discusses the long-term gain for Dean as he rejects matching funds. LINK

There may be little love lost between Kerry and Dean, but Dean supporters at least seem to be opening their arms to Kerry castoff Jim Jordan. Naturally, the bloggers couldn't help but take a few shots at Kerry and Bush. From yesterday's "Morning News Roundup" blog:

"like millions of other Americans, Jim Jordan is now out of a job. We should take the high road and invite him to our meetups and house parties to inform him of what Dean plans to do to get Americans working again.

"When asked why he fired Jordan, Kerry was simply heard to be muttering, "Dean. Dean. Dean. Dean."


"Just a thought, but anyone else think that the Kerry camp should have kept Jim Jordan and fired John Kerry instead?"

"I wonder if there's a way that Kerry can blame the recent "layoff" of his campaign manager on the Bush economy."

In the interest of fairness, equal time, and all that jazz, take a minute to look at Kerry's "Max Cleland" blog for the pro-Kerry take.

Despite the flap over the Confederate flag, some analysts are saying Dean's remark was correct but clumsily said, according to The Washington Times ' Brian DeBose. LINK

Read more from the trail with Dean on LINK


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