10 days until Election Day
Some days, it does indeed seem as if the whole election will boil down to "who is a better surrogate — Liz Cheney or Stephanie Cutter?"
But there ARE other things going on politically, even on a day that seems shockingly newsless at this writing.
Namely: battleground state campaigning galore!!!!
We can't stress enough to you how crucial candidate schedules are at this stage of the campaign.
The president has announced his travel plans through Thursday, showing a bit more of his hand than John Kerry has for the map of the final week. How both sides manage the clock can provide valuable clues as to opportunities won or lost in the waning days.
President Bush hits the Florida scene early today, speaking at rallies in Ft. Meyers, Lakeland, Melborne, and Jacksonville, FL at 9:50 am ET, 11:50 am ET, 1:50 pm ET, and 4:20 pm ET respectively. The president also tapes an interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity, before heading to Crawford, TX, where he overnights.
Senator Kerry continues his jaunt in the West, heading to Pueblo, CO for a rally at 11:00 am ET and Las Cruces, NM for a second rally at 5:25 pm ET, before flying to Ft. Lauderdale in anticipation of Sunday's events.
Vice President Cheney and Mrs. Lynne Cheney attend rallies in Farmington, NM and Grand Junction, CO at 1:10 am ET and 4:40 pm ET.
Senator Edwards holds an early vote community gathering at the SEIU Local 8 Union Hall in Orlando at 10:00 am ET and attends a "Fresh Start for America" rally with Florida voters at North Straub Park in St. Petersburg at 1:30 pm ET. Senator Bill Nelson will be in attendance.
Ralph Nader holds a press conference at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ at 11:45 am ET before delivering a speech there at 12:30 pm ET. Following the event, he heads to New York for a rally at the Emmanuel AME Church at 3:00 pm ET and a speech at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY at 8:00 pm ET.
Teresa Heinz Kerry, Representative Kendrick Meek and Caribbean Americans for Kerry host a GOTV rally at Lakeshore Park in Miramar, FL at 1:30 pm ET.
Elizabeth Edwards campaigns at the Wallingford's Fruit House in Auburn, ME at 9:30 am ET and holds a "Michigan Women for Kerry-Edwards" rally at the University of Michigan in Dearborn, MI at 2:30 pm ET.
Senator Hillary Clinton holds a "Women's Early Vote Unity Rally" at the Harriet Himmel Gilman Theatre in West Palm Beach at 11:30 am ET, attends a "Broward Early Vote Rally" at Develoe Park in Ft. Lauderdale at 1:30 pm ET, and participates in an "Early Vote Rally" in Peacock Park in Coconut Grove, FL at 4:30 pm ET.
It's the last day to register to vote in Iowa.
Tomorrow on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," two faceoffs and a roundtable. Up first: McCain v. Biden. Mehlman v. Shrum. Then George Will, Mike Duffy, and Liz Marlantes.
"Good Morning America" this weekend brings you the latest news, and don't forget to tune in on Monday, when ABC News' Charlie Gibson brings you an exclusive interview with President Bush. And Diane Sawyer talks to President Clinton.
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