The Note: How's It Playin' in Hy-Vee Hall?

WASHINGTON, Mar. 21

President Bush bumps Vice President Cheney's speech as the Administration's marquee event today by holding a press conference at 10:00 am ET in the White House press briefing room.

With Mr. Bush not expected to make news with a brief opening statement -- perhaps about Iraq and, sources say, likely to quote the lyrics of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" -- it will be up to Terry Hunt of the Associated Press to set the tone and substance with a lead-off question that follows the simple rule: don't ask ANY questions the President has been asked before or for which he will have been prepped. We are certain Mr. Hunt, as he always does, will set the right example.

Mr. Cheney delivers remarks on Iraq and the GWOT at 12:35 pm ET at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. The Vice President is toting media on his plane today -- unusual that -- but it appears he might be overshadowed by the boss.

(At 11:10 am ET, President Bush meets with the President of Liberia in the Oval Office. Later this afternoon, President and Mrs. Bush meet with leaders of non-governmental organizations doing work in Iraq and Afghanistan.)

It's also primary day in the Land of Lincoln. Polls opened at 7:00 am ET and are scheduled to close at 8:00 pm ET. County-by-county election results can be found here: LINK. There are no network exit polls.

Elsewhere today, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) keynotes the Merrimack County Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Concord, NH.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman is in Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, OH today for fundraising events and meetings with supporters and activists.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joins Republican Senate candidate and former Safeco Insurance executive Mike McGavick for a Washington State Republican Party fundraiser in Seattle, WA.

Gen. Wesley Clark (D-AR) attends an Ohio Democratic Party fundraiser in Cincinnati, OH. And former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) speaks at Vanderbilt University's "Impact Symposium" in Nashville, TN.

Illinois primary:

If Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth wins her primary in the sixth congressional district, she will become the second Iraq war veteran to clinch his or her party's congressional nomination in 2006. Van Taylor, a Texas Republican running against Rep. Chet Edwards (D-TX), won the GOP's congressional nomination earlier this month.

Of the seven Democratic Iraq war veterans running for the House in 2006, Democrats see Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in Iraq, as their best chance to send an Iraq vet to Congress. But make no mistake: Duckworth faces an uphill climb: Illinois' sixth congressional district has been represented by Rep. Henry Hyde, a Republican stalwart, for more than 30 years, and it voted for President Bush in 2004 by six points. If Duckworth beats former House candidate Christine Cegelis today, she will face Peter Roskam, the Republican state senator for whom Vice President Cheney raised money last week.

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