The campaigner-in-chief, President Bush, tries to close the sale with seniors on the Medicare prescription drug benefit prior to the May 15 enrollment deadline and is heading to the senior citizen capital of the country to do so. The President will be in Florida for a two-night stay this week. He is scheduled to attend a 5:50 pm ET fundraiser for Rep. Clay Shaw's (R-FL) reelection campaign in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and will remain overnight there. Tomorrow, he is expected to attend a Coconut Creek, FL enrollment event at 8:30 am ET and deliver 11:10 am ET remarks on the prescription drug program in Sun City Center, FL. The President wakes up in Orlando, FL on Wednesday where he is scheduled to attend a Medicare prescription drug benefit event at 9:30 am ET before returning to Washington, DC.
Your assignment: count the number of times he praises Katherine Harris and talks about what a great United States Senator she will be.
Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) and the liberal advocacy groups Campaign for America's Future and Americans United hold a press conference call at 2:00 pm ET to unveil a "report" on former Rep. and current PhRMA President Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and what they claim is "the corrupt nature in which Part D became law."
The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds an "oversight hearing" at 1:30 pm ET on gasoline prices and energy trading. Sens. Dorgan (D-ND) and Cantwell (D-WA) co-chair the hearing.
Sen./Dr./Leader Frist (R-TN), Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) join more than 300 doctors with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecology at a 4:00 pm ET press conference to call for a "fair up-or-down vote" on two medical liability reform bills before the Senate.
The House is in a pro forma session today. The Senate convenes at 1:00 pm ET to take up medical malpractice liability.
First Lady Laura Bush is in Costa Rica today, where she will attend the inauguration of President Oscar Arias Sanchez. Mrs. Bush will also participate in an education roundtable with local education experts and in a greeting ceremony for the new president.
Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and Biden (D-DE) address the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire convention in Nashua, NH. (Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark (D-AR) is expected to address the group on Wednesday.)
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) gives a speech entitled "Redeploying from Iraq and Refocusing on Terrorist Threats" at the National Press Club luncheon in Washington, DC at 1:00 pm ET.
Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) holds a 3:30 pm ET in Des Moines, IA honoring "Iowa's Eternal Patriots."
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) hosts a NGA-sponsored event on college and work readiness skills in Washington, DC at 9:00 am ET.
US Senate candidate Tom Kean, Jr. (R-NJ) holds a 10:30 am ET press conference on immigration in Trenton, NJ.
US Senate candidate Pete Ricketts (R-NE) holds statewide rallies on the final day of the primary campaign in Grand Island, Columbus, Norfolk, and Omaha, NE.
Be sure to check out our look at the week ahead in politics below.
Hayden for CIA Director:
The New York Times ledes with Mark Mazzetti and Sheryl Gay Stolberg's wrap of the bipartisan concern over having a military man at the top of the Central Intelligence Agency as well as Hayden's role in the NSA domestic warrantless wiretapping program. LINK
Dafna Linzer and Fred Barbash of the Washington Post. LINK
The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon. LINK
The Los Angeles Times' Schmitt. LINK