The Note: Keep You Safer

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11

Today's must-follow storylines, while we wait for the 11 am ET POTUS presser:

1. Republican push-back on national security.

2. Everything on the McCain-Clinton dust-up.

3. Jeff Trandahl Jeff Trandahl Jeff Trandahl.

4. John Broder's New York Times story on 527 spending.

More on all this below.

Today's main political event will be that Bush press conference, at which he is sure to be the Deficit-Reducer-in-Chief-and-the-Protector-in-Chief-and-the-Decider.

Then, the President delivers a 2:10 pm ET speech on the budget and the economy at the Eisenhower Executive Building in Washington, DC.

President Bush also meets with the commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 2:50 pm ET.

Just one day after he fired the opening shot of the potential 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) headlines a fundraiser for Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) in Rancho Mirage, CA at 7:30 pm ET.

Former President Bill Clinton joins Pennsylvania Democratic House candidate Patrick Murphy for an 11:45 am ET rally in Bristol, PA. Murphy is in a competitive race against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).

First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at a fundraiser for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) at 12:30 pm ET. Rep. Chabot is in a competitive race with Democrat John Cranley in Ohio's 1st congressional district. Mrs. Bush later participates in a "Helping America's Youth" event at 4:50 pm ET in Knoxville, TN, before her 6:00 pm ET speech at a fundraiser for former Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker, who is running against Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) for the seat being vacated by Dr./Leader/Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN), and the Tennessee Republican Party in Knoxville, TN.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman joins Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), who is in a tough race for re-election against Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), for a 2:00 pm ET tour of the Senator's campaign headquarters in Columbus, OH.

Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and Democratic state Auditor Claire McCaskill participate in their fourth debate at 8:00 pm ET in St. Louis, MO. The National Rifle Association's Political Victory Fund launched two radio ads, "Trick or Treat" and "No, More Twang," against McCaskill last week. Listen here: LINK

Democrat Ned Lamont delivers a major speech on his "Plan for Change" at 12:30 pm ET in New Haven, CT.

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) speaks to students at the University of Chicago's graduate school of business at 1:45 pm ET. Earlier today, Gov. Romney was scheduled to attend a reception for Illinois state treasurer and GOP gubernatorial nominee Judy Barr Topinka at 8:45 am ET in Chicago, IL.

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) was scheduled to begin his two-day tour of Oklahoma with an 8:00 am ET five-kilometer run in Tulsa, OK. Later today, Gov. Huckabee hosts a press availability at 11:15 am ET at the Doubletree-Warren Place Hotel in Tulsa, OK, before he attends two afternoon receptions in Sapula and Bartlesville, OK.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) joins Democratic Senate candidate Jim Pederson for a 12:45 pm ET media availability in Tempe, AZ to discuss implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations and other national security matters.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) highlights a liberal briefing called "October Surprise: Is the Administration Ramping Up for a War Against Iran? Is Iran a Threat?" at 10:00 am ET at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

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