The Note

Later Klein told ABC News he wouldn't dedicate one line to Kucinich because "I think he's cluttering the stage and his position on the most important issue out there, which is the war, is totally ridiculous." Campaign spokesman David Swanson would only state the campaign's standard line on the media: "Members of the media should communicate to the public all of the candidates' positions and let the voters decide."

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

Sharpton:

Reverend Sharpton claims the first quote in Nagourney's New York Times write-up of Rock the Vote. LINK

From ABC News' Sharpton campaign reporter Beth Loyd:

Sharpton opted to clothe himself in the usual three-piece suit rather than khakis and rolled-up sleeves or a sports coat with a very metrosexual-esque shirt or even the silk gray leisure suit that he sports from time to time. What's up with that?

"I'm the youngest guy up there. I don't have to try to look young. I'm trying to look presidential. They're trying to look young." (Although during the second commercial break, Sharpton took off the jacket and unbuttoned the vest.)

And as for the Reverend's desire to party-hearty with Mrs. Kerry, Sharpton said he finds her "feisty, friendly and fiery." Interestingly, he also used the word "controversial" to describe her. One could say they have a lot in common.

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

Moseley Braun:

From ABC News' Moseley Braun campaign reporter Monica Ackerman:

Just answer the question.

Three out of the eight candidates at CNN's Rock the Vote said they had smoked marijuana. The only candidate who didn't give a straight answer was Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. She simply replied, "I'm not going to answer the question." Later in the spin room, she Cited the 5th Amendment.

Contrary to some of the other candidates, Ambassador Moseley Braun contributed in a rather tranquil manner to the controversy over Dean's Confederate flag statement. "We are in a global competition. We have to deal with and address the rest of the world. And we can't do it as long as Americans are still fighting each other. And we need to find ways as Democrats to come together. Yes, this is an important conversation. But it has to be done in a way that does not play into the real racists and the real right wing."

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

The politics of national security:

Turks are staying home, attacks in Iraq continue, and a Democratic memo to make political hay out of the intel melee surfaces. Just another day in the politics of national security.

The AP reports, "in a major setback to U.S. efforts to attract military help in Iraq, a Turkish official said Tuesday his country won't send peacekeeping troops without a significant change in the situation there. That makes it virtually certain the United States will have to send thousands more U.S. reservists early next year." LINK

Speaking of security, the New York Times ' Filkins echoes yesterday's stories in Noting the toll the violence is taking on everything else the coalition is trying to do, finding "the lack of security has stifled foreign investment and chased away all but a few relief agencies." LINK

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