The Note: It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, It's How You Play the Game

Kerry is in Florida all day, criticizing the President over the 380 tons of missing explosives for the fifth straight day, this time with fodder provided by KSTP and featured by ABC News' Martha Raddatz's video of what experts tell Raddatz is HMX in al Qaqaa when the 101st Airborne Second Brigade arrived there after the start of the war. LINK

Kerry will frame his criticism more broadly today, the campaign says, which tells us Kerry's speech will present a "choice between hope or fear, sound polices or failed ideas, a president who looks out for the powerful and well connected or a president who fights for the middle class…" Kerry will not, per ABC News' Dan Harris, mention the FBI's new investigation into the Pentagon's no-bid contract Iraq war contract for Halliburton. LINK

Kerry speaks in Orlando at 10:30 am ET and holds rallies in West Palm Beach and Miami at 2:00 pm ET and 7:00 pm ET, respectively.

The Halliburton story will fall to Sen. John Edwards, who today becomes the first principal to vote when he and his wife stop in Raleigh. Edwards begins his day with a 10:00 am ET rally in La Crosse, WI. He rallies Muskegon, MI at 2:45 pm ET and, after voting, rallies with Bon Jovi the North Carolina State fairgrounds in Raleigh at 7:30 pm.

The Vice President holds a "72-hour kickoff rally" in Eau Claire, WI this morning at 9:00 am ET, heading next to Diamondale, MI for a 12:50 pm ET rally and Williamsport, PA for a 4:55 pm ET rally.

The first look at third quarter GDP came in at +3.7%, well below economist forecasts of +4.2%. At this writing, market futures and the dollar are falling on the news.

Will headline writers emphasize the 3.7 percent growth rate?

Or the words "weaker than expected"?

Here is an example of the former from Washington Post.com: LINK

And of the latter from CNN/Money: LINK

And in Washington today, the Pentagon announces that it will extend by one month the one year tours in Iraq of several large units of Army divisions, ABC News' Luis Martinez reports, to provide security for the January elections in Iraq.

Weekend schedules:

On Saturday, both candidates appear on "Sabado Gigante": LINK

Bush is in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Florida on Saturday, and Florida on Sunday.

Kerry is in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio, on Saturday, and Ohio, New Hampshire, and Florida on Sunday.

Be sure to watch This Week with George Stephanopoulos with guests Ed Gillespie, Terry McAullife, Sen. Bill Frist, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

And stay with ABC News for Good Morning America Saturday and Sunday, World News Tonight Sunday, ABC News Now, Noted Now and two Notes -- all weekend!

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry: where things stand:

Rick Klein and Pat Healy of the Boston Globe win the award for best language describing the day-to-day back-and-forth — the presidential campaign is getting "more biting by the hour." They also Note that both campaigns yesterday "showed discernible worry about the race." LINK

The New York Times' Halbfinger and Bumiller wrap Thursday's attacks. Summary: incompetent and oblivious, wrong man, wrong war, can't lead, Bruce Springsteen. LINK

Typically taut and unmatched Milbank/Diamond Jim reporting in the Washington Post: LINK

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