Morning Show Wrap

RUSSERT ON NBC:

NBC's Tim Russert said we didn't see Bush pull away this week and we didn't see Kerry surge. He suggested people might make up their minds on Sunday. He summed up Bush's argument as being that the US has "already found 400000 tons" and that "if we had not gone after Saddam we wouldn't have" the 300,000 Kerry is now complaining about. Russert called it a very serious issue because the explosives could be used by the insurgency or could have been taken to Syria or Iran and could be used against commercial aircraft. Russert came down against Giuliani, saying that Bush's strategy had been to say Kerry doesn't support the troops but that the President's own surrogate said it was not the President, it was the troops yesterday. Russert said the Bush camp is hoping that possible wins in Michigan, Wisconsin and Hawaii can make up for possible losses in Ohio and Florida. Russert said that in a race as close as this one – when Florida was decided by 500+ votes last time and New Mexico was decided by 300+ votes, an extra 1,200 or 2,000 votes generated by a concert could make a difference. He said there were signs at the Springsteen event in Madison yesterday saying "follow me" and that there is "evidence that thousands of people" voted yesterday.

MILLERWISE V. CLINTON:

Jennifer Millerwise tiffed with Chad Clanton on "American Morning" and was admonished by Soledad O'Brien for saying that Kerry was attacking the troops over the missing explosives.

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