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ABC News Vote 2004: Bush-Cheney '04:

Rick Klein of the Boston Globe looks at Bush on the attack — ending his campaign just as he started back in March. LINK

"In the race's closing days, Bush's argument for a second term is as much about warning voters of what his Democratic opponent would do as it as about what the president himself is promising."

Mark Memmott analyzes the president's latest ad called "Whatever it Takes." LINK

The Washington Post 's Dan Eggan writes that "access to Bush's events has been unusually tightly controlled and people who do not support Bush's reelection have been removed" in what civil liberties advocates say is harsher tactics than in the past. LINK

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Steve Forbes calls President Bush a "Reagan revolutionary." LINK

The Washington Post 's Michael Dobbs on Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham's battleground state visits — and grants. LINK

Geoff Boucher writes up the latest Eminem video which "slams President Bush and calls on young America to mobilize against the administration." LINK

Maureen Dowd calls the view of Iraq that Bush and Cheney promote "downright spooky." LINK

Gov. Schwarzenegger (cautiously) chatted about the presidential election yesterday while campaigning for some ballot initiatives. LINK

"Invited to make the case for Bush's victory, Schwarzenegger demurred, instead offering the view that Republicans and Democrats disagree over the presidential race."

"He said, 'I think it's important that everyone express their opinions come next Tuesday. And people should vote on what they want and I, of course, encourage people to vote yes and reelect President Bush, but my wife (Democrat Maria Shriver) says no. I go the other way. So that's great.'

Knight Ridder's Matt Stearns has this headline: "Surprise: A warmer, fuzzier Dick Cheney." LINK

And on Good Morning America this morning, Curt Schilling shared his presidential endorsement after winning the big one last night. Schilling told ABC News' Charlie Gibson, "And make sure you tell everybody to vote, and vote Bush next week."

ABC News Vote 2004: Kerry-Edwards '04:

Switching from its 2000 endorsement of President Bush, the Economist endorses Kerry for President in its upcoming issue, albeit somewhat tepidly.

After writing that Bush changed the Iraq regime "so incompetently," the editors write that Kerry has "been forthright about the need to win in Iraq, rather than simply to get out, and will stand a chance of making a fresh start in the Israel-Palestine conflict and (though with even greater difficulty) with Iran. After three necessarily tumultuous and transformative years, this is a time for consolidation, for discipline and for repairing America's moral and practical authority. Furthermore, as Mr Bush has often said, there is a need in life for accountability. He has refused to impose it himself, and so voters should, in our view, impose it on him, given a viable alternative. John Kerry, for all the doubts about him, would be in a better position to carry on with America's great tasks."

ABC News Vote 2004: Florida:

Wanna see a chart of early votes by county? Wanna? LINK

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