The Note

The AP's Nedra Pickler writes it up too. LINK The AP' s Mike Glover curtain raises the Harkin steak fry. LINK Lieberman:

George Will handicaps Lieberman's chances — and gets in a dig at Dean — in a Washington Post op-ed. LINK Joe vs Howard on Lieberman's home turf: LINK

The Hartford Advocate reports on Dean's growing Meetup effort in Connecticut. "Dean is building a nationwide grass-roots volunteer base through the Meetup structure, a feat unmatched by any of the other challengers to President George W. Bush. Connecticut now boasts four Dean Meetup venues, with West Hartford and New Haven drawing more than 100 volunteers each month."

So what about home state support?

"All of us are very proud of CT Senator Joe Lieberman," the Connecticut for Howard Dean website says. "But this election is not about Joe Lieberman; it is about winning the White House, plain and simple."

Gephardt:

The Gephardt campaign Web site will be different today to honor the 9/11 anniversary. www.dickgephardt2004.com

Gephardt campaign spokeswoman Kathy Roeder said in an email, "To honor the victims of 9/11, we decided to do something special with our web site today. Visitors are asked to share their thoughts, memories and stories of that tragic day."

Edwards:

The Iowa State Daily's Scott Rank reports on Edwards receiving the endorsement of Ashley Bell, president of the College Democrats of America. LINK

Edwards "announced he had received the endorsement of Ashley Bell, president of the College Democrats of America, and announced his agenda for young Americans during a conference call with college newspapers Wednesday," the Iowa State Daily reports. LINK

Clark:

USA Today 's Andrea Stone reports that General Clark's candidacy could attack three candidates on two fronts? Can you guess which ones? LINK A USA Today bio box: LINK The Christian Science Monitor says McAuliffe is ready for Clark to enter the race. LINK

"I think it would be very good for the democratic party to have a four star general traveling around the country talking about the democratic party, talking about the differences and failures with the Bush administration. I think he is going to make a decision very shortly. If he is in, I would like to see him in obviously by September 25, I would like to see him in our next debate."

ABC 2004: Bush-Cheney re-elect, national security:

President Bush's leadership since September 11, 2001 is major currency for the White House in facing down critics — and not only when talking about national security, the Washington Post 's Mike Allen writes. LINK

" … Bush is invoking the terrorist hijackings frequently as he ramps up his reelection campaign and tries to defuse the political risk posed by persistent joblessness, setbacks in Iraq and accusations that he exaggerated evidence on the road to war."

"In the past six weeks, Bush has cited "9/11" or Sept. 11, 2001, in arguing for his energy policy and in response to questions about campaign fundraising, tax cuts, unemployment, the deficit, airport security, Afghanistan and the length, cost and death toll of the Iraq occupation."

Will there be a backlash? Voters are talking more about the economy than terrorism in recent polls, Allen writes, and support for the troops and the war on terrorism hasn't meant widespread acceptance of the administration's domestic policies. And Democrats (with no sense of irony) argue that Bush is politicizing the issue.

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