The Note: Body Checking Is Permitted...


Democrats have been consistently pounding a national security message for a week now. From Rep. Jane Harman's PAC/Third Way training on national security policies and messaging for 32 House candidates to Sen. Schumer's DSCC poll showing what he believes is movement from defense to offense on national security for the Democratic Party, and Howard Dean and Wesley Clark's unveiling of the DNC's "Fighting Dems" agenda.

So, be sure to listen carefully as President Bush leaves his health care message behind today and pivots back to security. The President is scheduled to make remarks on the war on terror at 10:45 am ET in Charlotte, NC.

As if you were a production associate for "The Daily Show," listen for tone, nuance, Bushisms, tough and easy questions, and the President's message-o'-the-day.

ABC News' Travers reports, "The remarks will be informal -- not at a podium and not from a prepared text -- and the President will take questions from the audience. The World Affairs Council of Charlotte is the host for the event." LINK

(Exactly the kind of format that lends itself to allowing the President -- we bet -- to cleverly indicate just how serious he takes the Democratic Party's efforts to shore up their national security deficit with the American people.)

"There will be around 1000 people in the audience which will be made up of invited guests of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College faculty and staff. President Bush will be introduced by Firoz Peera, the chairman of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte," adds Travers, as she takes a break from lacrosse coverage.

"President visits as his support in N.C. wanes," reads the Charlotte Observer's headline that will greet President Bush today. LINK

And we are typing fast, because an immigration deal in the Senate could be reached at any moment!!

House Majority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) holds a 10:30 am ET on-camera press briefing immediately followed by his Democratic counterpart Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who holds her weekly briefing at 10:45 am ET.

Democratic Reps. Dingell, Rangel, and Capps hold a 1:00 pm ET press conference on Medicare Part D.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) joins Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) at noon ET for a rally for a "fair minimum wage." Later this evening, Edwards addresses the "American Rights at Work" organization at 7:00 pm ET.

Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) has lunch and plays a game of chess with Andrea Rider at 1:30 pm ET. Andrea is a young girl with Cystic Fibrosis and, according to the Vilsack press office, the Rider family requested time from Governor Vilsack "who gladly agreed." Members of the press will have the opportunity to ask Andrea about her experiences with the governor at the conclusion of their lunch.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) swears in members of the Asian-American Commission in Boston, MA at 5:00 pm ET.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) speaks at Mount Union College in Cleveland, OH at 8:00 pm ET.

Pete Ricketts (R-NE) is set to receive a "major endorsement" at 3:30 pm ET in Lincoln, NE.

Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) addresses the "Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century" organization in New York, NY at 8:15 pm ET.

Rev. Al Sharpton (D-NY) kicks off his National Action Network annual convention in New York, NY. Sen. John Kerry delivers the keynote tomorrow morning.

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