WASHINGTON, Oct. 26
Immigration will be back in focus today when President Bush signs H.R. 6061, the Secure Fence Act of 2006, in the White House's Roosevelt Room at 9:35 pm ET.
Later in the day, the President campaigns with Jeff Lamberti, the Republican running against Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-IA), in Des Moines, IA at 1:45 pm ET. Boswell is one of a dwindled number (down to about four) of somewhat vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the House whom Republicans hope to knock off in November.
One Republican who is skipping President Bush's event today is Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA), the Republican running for governor of Iowa. Chet Culver, the Democrat running against Nussle, has accused his Republican rival of "running and hiding" from the same President that raised a million dollars for him in April. LINK and LINK
Rep. Boswell tells the Des Moines Register that he hopes the presidential visit will mobilize Democrats because "with some of the things that have been going on in this administration, if he wants to bring him, that's OK with me. Maybe he can bring him a couple of times." LINK
Nussle says tight scheduling and tight security make it impossible for him to stand with his commander-in-chief; we bet the Nussle campaign won't mind the media's obsession with his distancing, and neither will the White House.
Once he's done in Iowa, President Bush heads to the Wolverine State where he campaigns with Republican Mike Bouchard in Warren, MI at 6:40 pm ET.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the incumbent Democratic Senator whom Bouchard is challenging, will be joined by Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI) and John Dingell (D-MI) for a 3:00 pm ET press conference and presidential prebuttal at a UAW Local in Warren, MI.
Former President Bill Clinton was scheduled to attend a rally for Democratic congressional candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat running against Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY), at the Albany Airport at 9:15 am ET.
The former President then attends a Democratic GOTV rally at the Syracuse Airport at 12:00 pm ET. He then travels to Farmingdale, NY for a 2:30 pm ET rally.
The man who likes to describe himself as the "chief caseworker for the junior Senator from New York" ends his day at the Tavern on the Green where he will deliver remarks at his wife's 59th birthday celebration. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will also deliver remarks at this open press event which begins at 8:30 pm ET across the street from the world headquarters of ABC News.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was scheduled to attend the Partners in Education Appreciation Breakfast with Gov. Bob Riley (R-AL) in Mobile, AL at 9 am ET. Following the breakfast, Sen. McCain and Gov. Riley planned to hold a news conference on the Air Force tanker competition. Then at 11:45 am ET, McCain joins Gov. Riley at a rally for local GOP politicians at the Chatom Community Center in Mobile, AL. Sen. McCain attends a Black Belt Action Commission's second anniversary celebration at the Demopolis Civic Center in Demopolis, AL at 2 pm ET.
On the money front, all national party committees and any state, district, or local party committees that engage in federal election activity must file a monthly report with the FEC today. Tomorrow's filing will be the last one before the midterm elections.
Kevin "Smitty" Smith and Kevin "Maddog" Madden have headed off to First Street!
To help expand the "bandwidth" of GOP campaign messaging.