The Note: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

_______________ (debate location) had the best Anheuser Busch press grub tent center. (Note hint: Tempe is going to have to really shine to beat St. Louis….)

President Bush will explain the state of the economy as ____________ (adjective).

_________________ (Nicolle Devenish or Stephanie Cutter) is walking around Tempe with the most confidence this morning.

_____________________ (Judd Gregg or Greg Craig) did the best role-playing of this debate prep season.

Voters will feel most comfortable with John Kerry's plan for _________________ (domestic policy subject) after tonight's debate.

________ is the handsomest campaign staffer in the land.

So at 9:00 pm ET at Arizona State University, the domestic policy debate, which will include questions on homeland security, will be moderated by CBS' Bob Schieffer and will last 90 minutes.

The debate will go up against Fox's split coverage of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees (which 77 percent of the country will see) and Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals (which 23 percent of the country will see). Fox's baseball coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET. LINK

President Bush, who is already in Arizona, debates Kerry at 9 pm and holds a rally afterwards at 10:50 pm at Bank One Ball Park in Phoenix, AZ. Bush RONs in Phoenix, AZ.

Those of you on the East Coast should know — Tempe is three hours behind you at this time of year — by the clock, not in terms of the latest hair coloring and tattoo technology, on which it is WAY ahead.

The world will probably see a pre-debate, pre-evening news photo op from Kerry, and at least some new TV ads. Candidate walk-throughs, per the 2004 norm, will be closed press.

Vice President Cheney, accompanied by his wife, holds an 11:00 am town hall meeting at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, he holds a 2:00 pm rally in Saxonburg, PA and he attends a debate watch party at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Corapolis, PA starting at 8:15 pm.

Sen. John Kerry starts the day in Santa Fe, NM, where he has been preparing for tonight's debate, and departs Albuquerque, NM at 12:15 pm. He arrives at Phoenix International Airport in time for a 1:45 pm ET open press rally. Following tonight's face-off with Bush, Kerry holds an 11 pm rally at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, AZ. Kerry RONs in Las Vegas, NV.

Sen. John Edwards, coming off a Tuesday appearance on Leno in which he poked fun at the presidential pom-poms, holds a 1:15 pm town hall meeting in Medford, OR, a 4:45 pm rally in Eugene, OR and a 8 pm rally in Portland, OR.

At 5 pm, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe and Kerry communications czar Joe Lockhart brief reporters on the Kerry campaign's plans to mobilize Latino voters in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado as part of a Southwest strategy.

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who was excluded from this year's presidential debate because he did not meet the threshold level of support required by the Commission on Presidential Debates, appears on David Letterman's show at 11:30 pm.

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