The Note

In New York on a fundraising blitz Monday, Congressman Gephardt paused to slam President Bush Monday, jabbing at the president's statements on the economy as he toured a BMW plant in South Carolina, a state where Gephardt recently visited counties with unemployment rates upwards of 20%.

"During the last year, under President Bush's failed economic policies, South Carolina has been hit by the largest per capita job loss in the country. The state's economy has been devastated by bad trade agreements like NAFTA and the China trade deal that President Bush and many of my opponents in this race have supported. Instead of traveling to a thriving BMW plant, the president should visit the shuttered textile mills and factories that have been forced to close their doors and lay off thousands of workers because of these bad trade agreements. While the president is in South Carolina today, he should explain what he is going to do to bring these 74,000 jobs back."

Read more from the trail with Gephardt on LINK


AP's Dick Pettys highlights the fact that Edwards recent endorsee, former Governor Roy Barnes confronted the Confederate flag issue while in office and called Dean's comments "almost unforgivable." LINK

In the Atlanta Journal Constitution Tom Baxter sums up Edwards side-by-side appearance with former Barnes whose "effort to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag was a key factor in his defeat last year." LINK

In the AP's look at Dean's organizational gains Mike Glover calls Edwards a " … danger to Kerry [now comes] from previously unsuspected areas. North Carolina Senator John Edwards has stepped up his schedule of appearances in Iowa, and is clearly challenging Kerry for third place coming out of Iowa. If Edwards is able to get past Kerry in Iowa, it would be a heavy blow that would further complicate Kerry's already difficult task in New Hampshire. Bad news in Iowa has a way of steamrolling the way for more bad news eight days later." LINK

In, the AP's look at veteran support for Clark, Susanne M. Shafer cites the American Survey Group poll that put Clark ahead of Edwards in South Carolina. LINK

The AP's Liz Sidotti summarizes the new Edwards campaign ad buy in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Manchester under the headline "Tepid Edwards campaign unleashes another campaign ad." LINK

From ABC News' Edwards campaign reporter Gloria Riviera:

In Atlanta Monday afternoon to announce endorsements by former Georgia Governor Barnes and three Georgia state representatives, Edwards focused his campaign speech to the potential donor crowd on his fight for the plight of the middle class. For anyone who read Bob Herbert's New York Times op-ed, it was old news.

Speaking to reporters afterwards Edwards repeated his now well-reported reaction to Dean's finance decision. " … Governor Dean himself said several months ago that he thought it was imperative that the Democrats to stay within the public financing system in the presidential race, and it appears at least that he has decided it is not in his interest to do that and he's reversed his position. I think this is a matter of principle and I think the integrity of the system matters."

Asked how concerned he is that Dean will carry some southern states, Edwards said simply, "Not."

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