The Note

On whether he'll vote for the $87 billion the president wants to Iraq & Afghanistan: "I'm going to make sure they get the help they need. First we're going to ask questions to make sure they're going to get the help they need."

You have to win Iowa right? Gephardt laughed at the question. "It'd be a good idea," he said. "We need to do well in Iowa and we will. I've got to do well in Iowa and be in the top tier in New Hampshire. Then we've got seven states on the third week and Michigan four days later. When we come out to the West and the Midwest, I'm gonna do great."


From ABC News' Edwards campaign reporter Gloria Riviera:

"Senator Edwards' campaign headquarters in Raleigh, N.C., was shut down on Thursday due to the impending hurricane. As of late afternoon Thursday the staff was still trying to figure out how to get The Candidate down to NC to play the role of Senator and do an "I'm here to help" public event in the eye of the storm."

"Edwards will tour the emergency response center in downtown Raleigh at noon today and hold a press availability afterward (officially on the hurricane damage)."

He travels to San Francisco tonight, and on Saturday will attend a meet and greet with Governor Davis."

He will appear on CBS' Face the Nation this Sunday with John Roberts.

Isabel is a "test of U.S. Senator John Edwards' ability to juggle home-state responsibilities with his presidential run," John Wagner reports in the Raleigh News & Observer . LINK

Wagner also previews Edwards' Saturday trip to California on behalf of Governor Davis and his Sunday "Face the Nation" appearance.

In New Hampshire Thursday, the Edwards campaign handed out hot dogs across from the statehouse lawn as the son of a millworker accused President Bush of "waging war against middle-class Americans," Daniel Barrick of the Concord Monitor reports. LINK


The Associated Press reports Bob Graham will air Iowa ads focused on Bush's Iraq record. LINK

Said Graham, "'In the next few days, we're going to tell the people of Iowa why we voted against the war and what the consequences of this war will be,' Graham told more than 400 people at a $100-a-ticket reception that followed a $1,000-a-plate dinner at a resort hotel."

And the St. Pete Times reports, "With his presidential campaign lagging in fundraising and public opinion polls, Senator Bob Graham is sending his Senate chief of staff to Miami Lakes to play a key role. H.W. "Buddy" Menn III, Graham's top political adviser, is moving to Miami Lakes on Monday. He will concentrate on raising money and will be a strategic adviser for the campaign." LINK

From ABC News Graham campaign reporter Tarana Harris:

"Last night the young and well-heeled toasted Bob Graham at a fundraiser at South Beach hot spot SkyBar."

"The event attracted 4-500 attractive South Floridians who paid $ 1,000 for a private reception or $100 to mingle in the humid ocean air and among the gauzy white curtains."

"Graham spoke to the entire group across an aquamarine pool, saying 'I see a lot of people who I suspect this may have been one of the first political events they've attended. I want to thank particularly you. This democracy depends on each generation stepping forward to assume responsibility for the nation.'"

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