Morning Show Wrap

LIZ CHENEY v. MIKE McCURRY ON NBC, CNN:

On CNN, Liz Cheney said "We appreciate the apology… Being a mother, you know, I think, perhaps for those of us who are mothers, is the most important job of all, and I'm glad Teresa Heinz Kerry apologized."Mike McCurry said "We've made clear all along that this economy is not working for working moms… I don't think the Bush Administration understands how hard people are trying to make end's meet." He later added "Mrs. Bush was very gracious about the apology today, and the Bush campaign folks have been very gracious, and I expect to move on."

On NBC, Liz Cheney and Mike McCurry squared off on "Today" but did not discuss THK's comments. Instead, they focused on terrorism. Liz Cheney said the policies Kerry and Edwards are proposing "would take us back to the approach in the 1990s where we ignored attack after attack after attack." McCurry said "we don't want a VP scaring us."

KERRY WRAP WITH NO MENTION OF THK:

CBS' Byron Pitts began his piece by looking at Kerry's "risky but necessary strategy to attack Bush on his leadership in the war on terror" and noted that "it's the war in Iraq where Kerry sees an opening." Pitts showed the Kerry ad featuring Kristen Breitweiser and closed by saying that another widow—the widow of Christopher Reeve.

CBS INCLUDES REV. PAT ROBERTSON'S COMMENTS:

CBS' Bill Plante included the Rev. Pat Robertson's allegation on CNN that President Bush told him before the Iraq war that he didn't think there would be any casualties. Plante said Hughes told reporters that Robertson's recollection was not accurate, insisting, "It was not the kind of thing the President would say." Plante was the only one to note that Bush brandished his NRA endorsement while campaigning yesterday.

ISSUES: JOBS:

ABC's Jake Tapper did GMA's job piece from Dayton, Ohio. He was joined by a man who had to lay off his best man. He described Bush has pushing more tax cuts and lower business costs – like fewer regulations and fewer frivolous lawsuits – to free up capital and allow businesses to expand and hire more employees. Kerry was described as supporting a middle class tax cut that would lower health care costs and help companies keep jobs here.

INTERNET VOTER APPEALS:

ABC's Claire Shipman looked at different voter appeals being made in the Web including talk of withholding sex for votes, punk voters for Bush, the star of the Passion of the Christ, video game divas who are interested in politics.

CLINTON: BACK IN THE GAME:

NBC's Kelly O'Donnell looked at Clinton getting "back in the game." For Democrats, Bill Clinton is both statesman and rockstar, she said. "His party's ultimate campaigner." The piece explained that Clinton could be a boost in Cleveland and Milwaukee but Republican strategist Ed Goeas cautioned that his visits could get statewide coverage which could turn off more conservative voters in other parts of the state who remember the Clinton of Monica Lewinsky. O'Donnell closed by saying Kerry must close the deal himself.

MAUREEN DOWD ON "IMUS":

On "Imus", New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd said the race has come down to this phallic thing. Borrowing a formulation put forward by Harvard's Graham Allison, she said: For Kerry, "the question is: will he pull the trigger?" For Bush, she said, "the question is: can he aim?" Dowd said Kerry has proved the Bush claim that Kerry is a follower by following Bush in talking about faith, fear tactics and wanting to bring the forces of democracy.

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