The Note: Not That There's Anything Wrong With It, Part IV

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was scheduled to speak at 8:30 am ET as part of the 2006 National Long Term Care Symposium along with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC.

Ohio gubernatorial candidates Rep. Ted Strickland (D-OH) and Ken Blackwell (R-OH) face off in a debate in Cleveland, OH.

Young Voter Strategies unveils the results of a new poll showing the voting attitudes of 18-30 year olds in the 2006 election cycle at a 10:00 am ET news conference at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

The Center for American Values releases the results of its survey on religion, values, and politics today.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman travels to Minnesota where he is expected to make remarks at a closed-press fundraiser for Michele Bachmann in Minneapolis. Mehlman also plans to attend a grassroots volunteer rally for Bachmann in Woodbury, MN.

Former fellow Clinton strategists Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and Bruce Reed sign copies of their book "The Plan" at 7:00 pm ET tonight at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC.

Clinton Global Initiative:

In an interview with the Financial Times, Bill Clinton says "Americans will tolerate Democratic differences on Iraq because the current situation has not worked." He adds, however, that Democrats won't win just by criticizing Iraq. LINK

He says that the Bush Administration's strategy has been complicated because Sens. Warner, McCain, and Graham "believe in the rule of law."

He also says of the Swift Boat attacks on Sen. Kerry: "That was disgusting."

In the New York Sun, Nicholas Wapshott writes that behind closed ballroom doors, the secret world establishment "is busy doing what it does best, congratulating itself on its concern for those lesser mortals who rely on mere democracy to try to get things done." LINK

The Washington Post's Michael Fletcher looks at the First Lady's "major role" on the World Stage including her address to the Clinton Global Initiative. LINK

The Way to Win:

The Way to Win, the Random House book by Mark Halperin of ABC News and John F. Harris of the Washington Post, out October 3rd, explores how presidential candidates such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have won the White House. One big factor: they learned to keep control of their public images and to define their opponents. Today, on the book's website,, you can attend the world premiere of two videos which demonstrate this theme.

Click here to see how the Bush political operation turned John Kerry into an effete Frenchman and to watch the before-to-after transformation of Hillary Clinton from beleaguered FLOTUS to commanding Senator. LINK Go to the "videos" page.

You can also make sure you are the first on your block (or Russell SOB hallway) to get a copy of The Way to Win by pre-ordering the book. LINK

Today is also the second installment of our book quiz, in which you can win a free autographed copy of The Way to Win.

But first, to briefly review yesterday's contest:

Tuesday's question was "Bill Clinton famously donned sunglasses for Arsenio Hall during the 1992 campaign, but for which television icon did he belt out the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel"?

The correct answer: Charlie Rose of PBS and Manhattan. (Popular guesses were Leno, Letterman, Carson, and Brokaw.) The winner, chosen at Random from the pool of those who answered correctly was from -- quite appropriately -- a man in Austin, Texas.

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