The ad is expected to address the War on Terror, 9/11, the USS Cole, and the first World Trade Center bombing among other things and is expected to start in one state today on broadcast television plus national cable, Internet, and quite a bit of direct mail. Expect the ad to run for a week to ten days before PFA starts rotating in the next spot. Note to broadcast network executive producers: just TRY to resist using this as an element tonight. Note to cable producers: you are going to use it, no matter what we write.
Perhaps Howard Dean or some twenty-seven-year-old from MoveOn or Rangel himself will lead a Thursday/Friday Democratic comeback, but, for now, give September 4-8 to the GOP.
And, just to make sure, the President delivers Chapter IV ("The Empire Strikes Back -- Again") in his series of national security speeches at 10:20 am ET in Atlanta, GA. Later in the day, President Bush, emphasizing only a slightly different thematic, attends a fundraiser for Max Burns' congressional campaign.
Be sure to tune into "World News with Charles Gibson" for an exclusive interview with President Bush and a behind-the-scenes look at the President's day. Check your local listings.
ABC News' Jessica Yellin reports that the POTUS speech is expected to be "a progress report -- where the US has made advances in the Global War on Terror since 9/11. In the speech, the President is expected to "walk through the 9/11 attacks" and explain the gaps in national security that existed in the lead up to the attacks. The President will also likely describe how the institutional reforms he's put in place helped close those gaps -- such as the Patriot Act and the terrorist watch list."
"Says one aide: 'The speech will demonstrate how these institutional reforms have helped make our nation safe -- but as the President has said, we are not yet safe.'"
Today's opposition pushback, Part I: Democratic Senators Reid, Durbin, Stabenow, Schumer, Levin, Clinton, Reed, Rockefeller, and Menendez announce new security legislation at 10:45 am ET in the LBJ Room in the US Capitol and to discuss the overall state of homeland security.
Across the Rotunda, Part II: Leader Pelosi holds her first post-summer recess on camera weekly briefing also at 10:45 am ET.
Part III: Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) takes to the National Press Club in Washington, DC at 1:00 pm ET to decry the President's foreign policy.
Democrats will pivot to a domestic issue at 11:15 am ET when Leaders Reid and Pelosi kickoff the "Golden Promise" campaign to "protect Social Security and stop privatization."
At 10:00 am ET, Sen. Clinton (D-NY) joins Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and other New York-area Members of Congress at a meeting with HHS Secretary Leavitt to discuss the federal response to the health impacts of 9/11.
First Lady Laura Bush is campaigning for Rep. Thelma Drake (R-VA) in Norfolk, VA at this hour.
Gov. Mitt Romney (R-RGA) campaigns with gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (R-OH) at the Hamilton County Republican Party headquarters in Cincinnati, OH at 3:00 pm ET. While in town, Romney also plans to attend a 6:00 pm ET fundraiser for Hamilton County Commissioner Phil Heimlich.
Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA) campaigns with gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides (D-CA) at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles, CA at 4:45 pm ET.
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) holds a 11:00 am ET news conference on a Transportation bill in Russell Park on Capitol Hill.