The Note: Weakness Attracts Those Who Are Waiting

The President then travels to his home state of Texas where at 6:00 pm ET he is attends a Texas Victory 2006 Rally at the Sugar Land Regional Airport in Sugar Land, TX -- a/k/a Tom DeLay's world. The President plans to campaign for write-in candidate Shelley Sekula Gibbs (R-TX) who is seeking to replace former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay who resigned from Congress in June. Democrat Nick Lampson (who has been running for the entire cycle) has spent $2,277,693 through October 18 compared to Sekula Gibbs' $677,454.

At some point, the President will be interviewed by Sean Hannity today.

President Bush heads back to the White House to sleep tonight before heading back down to Georgia tomorrow to rally the troops for the other vulnerable Peach State Democratic incumbent. At this writing, the President has no public events scheduled for Wednesday and heads out West on Thursday to Billings, MT and Elko, NV.

White House press secretary Tony Snow is not scheduled to hold a press briefing or gaggle today, but he is expected to headline a campaign event for Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) at the Frontenac Hilton in St. Louis, MO at 7:45 pm ET.

First Lady Laura Bush delivers remarks at a Pennsylvania Victory 2006 Rally at the Great Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. Mrs. Bush then travels to New Hampshire to deliver remarks at a New Hampshire Victory 2006 rally at the Executive Court Banquet Facility in Manchester, NH at 2:10 pm ET.

Vice President Dick Cheney tapes an interview today for Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto." The interview is scheduled to air at 4:00 pm ET.

Majority Leader John Boehner does three live interviews later today after appearing on Bill Bennett radio this morning. He was scheduled to appear at 9:00 am ET on MSNBC with Norah O'Donnell, 10:00 am ET on Fox News with E.D. Hill, and later tonight at 6:35 pm ET with Lars Larson. v Sequoia Voting Systems Inc., a U.S. company that makes touch-screen voting machines, has confirmed that it has requested a federal investigation to dispel rumors of alleged ties to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. "Sequoia and Smartmatic are not connected, owned or controlled by the Venezuelan government whatsoever," Jeff Bialos, a Washington attorney representing the two companies, said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. Sequoia has asked the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to investigate it and its parent company after questions about its ownership were raised last spring. The company plans to hold a news conference at 2:00 pm ET at a TBA location. LINK

Actor Michael J. Fox joins Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for a stem cell research rally in Columbus, OH at 11:00 am ET. Fox then heads to Des Moines, IA to headline a rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver at 3:45 pm ET. If you missed George Stephanopoulos' interview with Michael J. Fox on "This Week" yesterday, be sure to check it out here: LINK

Nedra Pickler of the Associated Press reported yesterday that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to announce that he's considering a presidential run in 2008 later today. Hunter is scheduled to hold a 2:00 pm ET press conference on the waterfront in San Diego, CA to announce plans for an exploratory committee. LINK

(You can check out the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune here: LINK )

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