8. The Washington Post's Michael Abramowitz and Thomas Ricks report that "the growing doubts among GOP lawmakers about the administration's Iraq strategy, coupled with the prospect of Democratic wins in next month's midterm elections, will soon force the Bush administration to abandon its open-ended commitment to the war, according to lawmakers in both parties, foreign policy experts and others involved in policymaking." LINK
9. Many voters across the country may not be buying the Bush Administration's strategy in Iraq and Republican candidates seem to know it, and are adjusting accordingly, reports the Los Angeles Times. Noam N. Levey, Janet Hook and Richard Simon on the GOP candidates breaking with the White House on the war for political survival. LINK
"Even some of President Bush's staunchest allies in solidly Republican states are publicly questioning the administration's war policies, while others are scrambling to find new ways to talk about Iraq in the face of rising voter frustration over management of the war."
President Bush -- who sees older Americans happy with his policies as part of a coalition of the willing-to-vote-Republican -- pivots to a domestic issue this morning by participating in a Medicare roundtable at the Department of Health and Human Services. This afternoon, the President attends a NRSC fund-raising reception at noon ET at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC.
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) attends the NRSC fundraising luncheon with President Bush this afternoon and later headlines an evening fundraiser in Washington, DC.
Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY) is in his upstate New York district today and attends an Erie County fundraiser this evening with Karl Rove, which is supposed to merit live C-SPAN coverage.
Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) is back home in Nevada today.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is in New York City this morning then travels to Georgia to do some fundraising with Bill Clinton and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Clinton and Pelosi then travel down to Florida for a rally with Democratic congressional candidate Ron Klein. Look for the potential speaker to be profiled on a certain grand-daddy-of-them-all Sunday newsmag show this weekend.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) is fundraising in Florida today and will meet up with his former boss, President Clinton, down there to help bring more cash into DCCC coffers.
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and her opponent former mayor of Yonkers John Spencer (R-NY) participate in their first televised debate at 7:00 pm ET in Rochester, NY. The debate will be carried live on NY1 News in New York City and on Time Warner cable stations throughout the Empire State. (Catch the 8:00 pm tape delay on C-SPAN, if you are outside of New York, or stream it on the web live on the NY1 website.)
Vice President Cheney delivers remarks at 11:00 am ET to the Indiana Air and Army National Guard at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has cancelled all of his public events today. The Arizona Senator's PAC released a statement saying that McCain was headed to Arizona to be with his mother-in-law, who is gravely ill.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attends a grassroots rally in Rolling Meadow, IL at 12:00 pm ET.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean campaigns for senatorial candidate Ned Lamont (D-CT) and gubernatorial candidate John DeStefano (D-CT) at 12:00 pm ET in Hartford, CT.