Evening Newscasts Wrap

CBS' Jim Axelrod wraps Kerry's day in Florida where he jumped on a letter from Gen. Sanchez to President Bush a while back. Kerry also hit Bush on Social Security again. Bush returned fire telling reporters that the Kerry campaign is guilty of smear tactics. Axelrod looks briefly at the possible voting problems in Florida, but notes that Florida "isn't the only state with possible post election day legal challenges. Two weeks from tomorrow we elect a President, maybe not."

THE BATTLEGROUNDS:

Peter Jennings takes a closer look at Clay County in Missouri, a county that Al gore won by one vote out of 80,000. The ground war involves using a "high tech, high touch" approach. Campaigns are using technology to identify the voter, and then send people to visit. The Democrats are having the Lt. Governor make visits, while the Bush campaign is sending surrogates, including Uncle Buck.

RELIGION AND POLITICS:

In an otherwise standard package about religion and politics, Tom Brokaw got former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to tell him that many people do not vote "because they know the morality in the country is on the decline… because he leadership in this country -- both parties -- have turned their back on God."

FLU:

Brokaw reported in a third block tell that Tommy Thompson sent a message to those unable to get flu shots: "They should, in his words, 'relax.'"

REDISTRICTING IN TEXAS:

Rather reports the US Supreme Court is hearing a case on the redistricting in Texas. Democrats are challenging the new district lines, but Republicans insist it is all legal.

H.W. BUSH:

NBC included former President H.W. Bush voting early in Texas in a first block tell.

THE CANDIDATES ON THE ISSUES:

CBS' Cynthia Bowers looks at where the candidates stand on overtime. Bush says that his changes will guarantee overtime to 1.3 million workers, and first responders automatically qualify. Kerry says as soon as he is elected, he will reverse Bush's changes. Kerry says that by his estimates, 6 million people are missing out.

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