The Note

From ABC News' Moseley Braun campaign reporter Monica Ackerman:

"Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun headed down south, stopping Wednesday at the predominantly African-American Parker High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Moseley Braun has a farm in Union Springs, Alabama. After her time was up in New Zealand, she planned on returning there to grow peonies."

"Juniors and seniors listened to Moseley Braun talk about her previous elected positions and what she hopes her generation will give theirs. 'I'm running because I want to make sure that this stays the land of opportunity … … . when you get out of school there ought to be a good job waiting for you … … … I want to see to it that the national government helps pay for your education,' she said."

"Only 20 students out of the 100 or so in the auditorium raised their hands when asked if they were old enough to vote. By this point, the kids were growing restless. 'Settle down for a minute if you don't mind cause this is very serious,' Moseley Braun said, trying to get their attention. She then lectured them on the importance of voting and handed out voter registration forms."

Iowa:

The Boston Globe 's Patrick Healy reports that to many elderly Iowans (who make up a significant chunk of caucus voters) "the leading Democrats like Kerry and Dean have so far been speaking in abstractions: Save Medicare. Preserve Social Security. Create a prescription drug benefit for the elderly." LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect:

Even with the victory of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, California will still be a challenge for the Bush re-election campaign in 2004, the Los Angeles Times' Ron Brownstein reports. "Republicans believe Schwarzenegger's win — the biggest victory for the GOP in the state since 1994 — could energize the party and improve its image in ways that can benefit Bush in 2004."

More Brownstein: "Still, the hurdles for Bush in California remain formidable. Neither party has found holding the governorship of major states a guarantee of victory in presidential elections. Popular Republican governors in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York couldn't deliver their states to Bush in 2000. Nor could Democratic governors in North Carolina and Georgia prevent Al Gore from losing those states." LINK

GOP strategists see the recall vote as a "huge boost going into the 2004 elections" the Washington Times reports. LINK

The AP's Sharon Theimer reports that "there wasn't a sirloin in sight" but well-heeled donors still gave $14 million to join President Bush at this year's Republican National Committee gala. LINK

"In the days prior to President Bush's Thursday visit to New Hampshire, Democratic candidates and protesters have been organizing to make Bush's visit an unwelcome one," PolitisNH.com reports. LINK

President Bush travels to the Granite State today to rally troops from the New Hampshire Air National Guard and the Army National Guard. Bush will emphasize "signs of progress in Iraq, what Bush calls 'the central front in the war on terrorism,' and what the events mean for 'the safety and security of the American people,'" the White House said.

In a poll released yesterday by the University of New Hampshire, Bush came out ahead in matchups against the top three Democratic candidates, Howard Dean, John Kerry and The General.

New Hampshire is the only Northeastern state to vote for Bush in 2000 and this is his fourth trip there as president. LINK

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