Versions of this speech can be heard beginning this afternoon, when Gov. Mitt Romney takes the stage in the 2:00 pm ET hour. Sen. McCain is scheduled to be the final speaker of the evening session. He'll likely address the crowd in the 10:00 pm ET hour.
Sen. George Allen kicks off the morning session tomorrow at 9:30 am ET, followed by Sen. Brownback and Gov. Huckabee. The proud senior senator from Tennessee, Bill Frist, is scheduled to speak sometime between 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET.
Straw poll voting hours are 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET and 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET, with results scheduled to be announced at 9:00 pm ET Saturday.
Timed with the Republican cattle call in Memphis, TN, the RNC is releasing a Web video attacking the "rudderless Democrat Party."
The Web video, which will be shown at the Memphis cattle call, opens with an announcer saying: "It's time to play find the leader of the Democrat Party." The Web video includes references to DNC Chairman Howard Dean's concern about the US becoming like Iran, Sen. Joe Biden's (D-DE) statement that "no party official" speaks for him, Sen. Harry Reid's (D-NV) boasting on killing the Patriot Act, Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) plantation remarks, and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) on US soldiers terrorizing Iraqi women and children. It also includes Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on Samuel Alito and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) vowing to stop the President.
RNC spokesgal Tracey Schmitt tells The Note that RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's remarks will "frame up both the high stakes voters will face in 2006, and lay out in very clear terms how the Democrats continue to be on the wrong side of every critical issue."
Back in Washington, President Bush is making remarks to the National Newspaper Association at 9:40 am ET. After that: a POTUSian Q&A will occur at this august venue.
Scott McClellan announced this morning an upcoming series of Iraq speeches beginning Monday.
Ron Fournier writes up the latest AP/Ipsos poll numbers showing the President with a 37 percent approval rating, the lowest in that poll's history for this president. Note, too, how Sen. Brownback (R-KS) explains the perils of the sixth-year itch. LINK
Bloomberg News reports that American employers added a "greater-than-expected 243,000 workers in February and incomes rose, signs the job market will bolster consumer spending and economic growth. The unemployment rate increased to 4.8 percent." LINK
Majority Leader Boehner and Majority Whip Blunt were quick to hail the numbers, and we bet the President does too.
Mr. Bush meets with the president of Peru at 11:15 am ET, and he and the First Lady meet with organizations that support the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan at 1:15 pm ET.
The grand jury investigating the CIA leak was scheduled to meet at 9:30 am ET.
In a rare move for Ron Bonjean's boss, House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will join Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-OH), and Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) on a conference call at 11:00 am ET.