In his interview with ABC's Charlie Gibson, President Bush said he disagreed with the Republican Party platform which includes language hostile to civil unions for same-sex couples.
Bush has long maintained that he thinks states should be free to pursue same-sex unions. But as Elisabeth Bumiller writes in today's New York Times, "Bush has never before made a point of so publicly disagreeing with his party's official position on the issue."
Bush told Gibson: "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so." When Gibson pointed out that the Republican Party platform opposed civil unions, Bush said: "Well, I don't."
Sen. John Kerry was asked by NBC's Katie Couric if he ever feels tempted to tell his wife, as Archie Bunker used to say, "to stifle it."
Kerry: "No. I honesty never do. I love her. I think she is outspoken and speaks the truth. She misspoke—as many of us do in life. And I've misspoken. How many times have I misspoken or the President or anybody else? She had both the sense of decency and appropriateness to make a call and say this was misinterpreted. I love her for her outspokenness. I think Americans love her because she is authentic, speaks her mind and she tells the truth and Americans want the truth." (NBC played the PBS video of THK making the comment and did not rely solely on USA Today's print account).
Kerry was asked about his hunting photo-op and said: "I have hunted all of my life. I have only done things in this campaign that have been authentic. That's why I suffered in that advertisement about windsurfing."
In the second part of Diane Sawyer's interview with Clinton he talked about his health. He said the main lesson for other Americans if you have a family history of heart disease you must get tested over and over.
NBC's Jim Miklaszewski: The first US troops to pass through "failed to find them. But the bigger concern today is who has those explosives now." Miklaszewski said "no one knows with any certainty where these explosives are today." (The Bush's camp has been circulating Miklaszewski's Monday report for the Nightly News as a pushback on Monday's New York Times story. Miklaszewski avoided making any political references in his report for "Today").
ABC's George Stephanopoulos said that a candidate's most precious resource is his time. He then looked at a map of where Bush and Kerry are spending their time. He reviewed key constituent groups for each candidate, saying that conservative Christians, gun owners, and married voters are key for Bush and that African-Americans and people under 30 are key for Kerry. Stephanopoulos explained how Bush would win if he ties with Kerry in the Electoral College: the Republicans control 30 state delegations in the House compared to 20 for the Democrats.