ABC News' Lieberman campaign reporter Talesha Reynolds reports that Press Secretary Jano Cabrera said Lieberman will not go to the dinner and that the campaign may have an event in D.C. that night.
Iowa Democratic Party spokesman Mark Daley told The Note this morning that both campaigns informed the party of their respective decisions yesterday.
ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:
A new USA Today /CNN/Gallup Poll found that independent voters are losing confidence in the Bush Administration's handling of the war in Iraq and are less likely to vote for the president next year than to vote for an unnamed Democratic candidate.
But among all registered voters, Bush still leads the unnamed Democrat 46%-43%. The poll has a four-point error margin.
Support for the war on Iraq is divided along party lines — "Democratic support for the war has fallen more sharply than independent support — from 54% in April to 24% now. Republican support remains high at 88%." LINK
President Bush hits the road this weekend to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidates in Mississippi (Haley Barbour) and Kentucky (Ernie Fletcher), the Washington Post 's Mike Allen reports. The president will speak at two get-out-the-vote rallies for each of the candidates, both of whom are ahead in the latest polls in their states.
Allen also reports that RNC chairman Ed Gillespie met with reporters yesterday and said that Howard Dean has pushed the Democratic field to the left.
"'As the Democratic Party gets smaller, it gets more liberal and more elite and more angry,' Gillespie said. 'The candidates, obviously, in their primary are appealing to that smaller, more intensely liberal element.'" LINK
Gillespie acknowledged that Iraq will be a major issue in the re-election campaign next year, the Washington Times ' Hallow reports. "'When it comes to whether or not we are going to wage this war against terror in places like Kabul or Baghdad or be more likely to have it waged in places like Boston or Kansas, the American people understand the front line has become Iraq,' he said."LINK
Newsday's Ken Fireman looks at a bloody weekend in Iraq and how the situation on the ground there and the fallout back home could become a political liability for the BC04 team next year. LINK
The Chicago Tribune's Neikirk and Kemper pick up that theme and explore the political risks ahead for the Bush Administration if the current wave of violence in Iraq continues. LINK
Under the heading of "Policy issues that could become critical campaign issues next year for the Bush-Cheney ticket" — Cuba, steel tariffs, and Medicare:
The Boston Globe 's Peter Canellos looks at the battle ahead between the White House and Congress over the tightened travel ban to Cuba. LINK
AP's Lara Jakes Jordan reports on the significance of steel tariffs for Bush's re-election chances: "The steel tariffs are pitting Midwest states against the Rust Belt — two regions where the margin between the Republican candidate and Democrat Al Gore was a hairbreadth in 2000, and where the president's political advisers are determined to see Bush prevail in 2004. LINK
In his second trip to Mississippi this campaign season, Vice President Cheney stumped for gubernatorial candidate Haley Barbour yesterday at the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, calling him "a uniter" who would work with both parties for the state. LINK