The Note: Literally in Denial

Voter fatigue is setting in with less than 288 hours away from election day. "Almost two-thirds of the nation is weary of the presidential campaign, according to a Scripps Howard News Service survey released yesterday," reports the Washington Times . LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry: the daily stuff:

The Washington Post 's Dana Milbank and Lois Romano chronicle the shots on Iraq that "echoed through the cornfields of north-central Iowa" (nice little bit of poetry in that lede) between President Bush and Senator Kerry on Wednesday, as each man accused the other of not understanding the real issues of the war and not being fit to be Commander in Chief. LINK

Matea Gold and Ed Chen of the Los Angeles Times provide a smattering of tastes from the Iowa campaign trail yesterday. LINK

"In Iowa, where both campaigned Wednesday morning, Kerry portrayed Bush as a stubborn and isolated president who botched his responsibilities as commander in chief."

More: "Bush invoked Abu Musab Zarqawi, the militant believed to be behind much of the Iraqi insurgency, to argue that Kerry could not be trusted to keep America safe."

Glen Johnson and Rick Klein of the Boston Globe file from Iowa on the presidential candidates' sparring over terrorism — but they don't forget to remind us all of the very real, and very sentimental, importance of the Hawkeye State. LINK

USA Today 's Kasindorf and Nichols make the two candidates sound like Aykroyd and Curtain on Point/Counterpoint in Iowa yesterday. (LINK). LINK

Isn't it a little bit late for the Kerry campaign to be reading sentences like these?

"His aides said Mr. Kerry delivered the speech because he must prove himself as an acceptable wartime leader before he can win over undecided voters on domestic issues like health care and embryonic stem-cell research." LINK

USA Today 's Jill Lawrence looks at the fear mongering tactics by both campaigns and cites the threat of terrorism as the number one issue. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry:

The Wall Street Journal 's Jake Schlesinger and Shailagh Murray take a good look at the fact that it's not only big national issues like Iraq and the war on terror that voters are focusing on, but also local and regional issues that could affect votes in specific states and areas of the country — for example, milk price supports, which could make a difference in Wisconsin, or Yucca Mountain, which concerns Nevada voters.

"Other questions motivate a bloc of voters spread across multiple swing states, such as the same-sex marriage issue for Christian evangelicals, and the Second Amendment for hunters. Those hot-button topics tend to favor Republicans, but Democrats have found one they think works to their advantage this year: highlighting allegations of voting-rights violations against African-Americans, in hopes of spurring larger turnout among the largely Democratic voters."

"Hispanics are disproportionately exposed to environmental health threats, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental group," reports the Associated Press. We wonder if this will come up during John Kerry's Western swing. LINK

USA Today 's Judy Keen and Jill Lawrence report that "both presidential campaigns are about to get a last-minute infusion of star power," as Clinton hits the road on behalf of Kerry and Schwarzenegger for Bush. LINK

The Washington Times draws a parallel between Schwarzenegger and Clinton. LINK

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