The Note

"Senator Edwards was back in Washington D.C. on Wednesday and will remain there until he starts a swing through New Hampshire this Sunday before moving for an Iowa trip Tuesday through Thursday. Edwards voted against 'giving President Bush a blank check for Iraqi reconstruction funds.' He supports the $66 billion emergency appropriation for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but voted in favor of an amendment that would require greater accountability for an additional $15 million in reconstruction funds.

In a Senate office press release, Edwards stated, 'We used to talk about this money as a blank check. Well, now we know it's not really a black check. We know the president is writing it out to Joe Allbaugh and Halliburton, and it's all endorsed by Vice President Cheney'"

"Edwards and his wife Elizabeth will appear with Paula Zahn on CNN's NOW tonight. Pre-tape in D.C. to air at 8 pm ET."


From ABC News' Kucinich campaign reporter Melinda Arons:

"Early third quarter figures for Kucinich point to something between $1.5 and $2 million, but for now they will only say it's more than the $1.53 they raised last quarter. The campaign says they won't release firm numbers until October 15 to make sure to account for any late incoming checks."

"The campaign is energized by a showing they feel is stellar for a grassroots effort, especially compared to his rivals' advantages (Dean and Kerry's personal wealth and head starts in the race, Kerry and Gephardt's use of congressional campaign funds). But they are frustrated that the media portray Kucinich as a lower-tier candidate, lumped in with Sharpton and Moseley Braun, who have raised significantly less. Their figures seem to solidify the perception of Kucinich as stuck in the middle, a couple million ahead of the symbolic candidacies, a couple behind the top tiers."

"Kucinich is spending the week in Washington, working to rally House members to vote against the president's request for $87 billion for Iraq. Kucinich prides himself on being a leader who can rally the troops behind even the most unpopular initiatives, and uses the Iraq resolution as an example in almost every campaign speech he makes. Corralling another large Congressional contingent to vote against the $87 billion would be another notch in his belt, and another example he could use to show voters his influence within Washington."

Moseley Braun:

From ABC News' Moseley Braun campaign reporter Monica Ackerman:

"Right smack in the Sonoran Desert, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun spent yesterday morning at The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona — first Fortune Summit invitation. She spoke along with women including Goldie Hawn, Arianna Huffington and Paramount Pictures Chairman Sherry Lansing. She said they discussed everything from globalization to the California recall."

"What does it take to be a powerful and successful woman? 'A successful woman is one who is comfortable within herself in having achieved whatever it is her spirit leads her to.'"

"Does that include passion? Moseley Braun said she has been told to be more passionate in her speeches and pound on the table. It's a matter of style; I don't pound on the table much, but I am passionate about what I say on the campaign trail.'"


From ABC News' Sharpton campaign reporter Beth Loyd:

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