President Bush then travels to a Nevada Victory 2006 rally in Elko, NV at 4:40 pm ET. Elko is home to the battle for Nevada's second congressional district, a seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) who is running for governor in the Silver State. The President then flies to Springfield, MO where he will remain overnight in advance of some campaigning for Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) tomorrow.
Vice President Dick Cheney is scheduled to attend the Idaho Victory Rally in Hayden, ID at 8:30 pm ET.
First Lady Laura Bush keeps up her rapid campaign season pace. Mrs. Bush delivers remarks at a Michigan Victory 2006 event at in Battle Creek, MI at 10:55 am ET. Then she speaks at an Illinois Victory 2006 rally at 12:10 pm ET in Schaumberg, IL. She continues to Waterloo, IA to address the crowd at an Iowa Victory 2006 rally at 3:40 pm ET. Mrs. Bush's final stop of the day is at a California Victory 2006 event in Rocklin, CA at 9:15 pm ET.
Sen. John Kerry has no public schedule at this writing, giving him plenty of time to read the Boston Globe's extensive coverage of his life.
Sen. Chuck Schumer holds a pen and pad briefing at the DSCC in Washington, DC at 1:45 pm ET to discuss what he believes is the expanding Senate battleground. You can likely expect some talk about Democratic polling showing Jim Pederson with a slim lead over Jon Kyl in a poll of early voters. Roughly 30 percent of the Arizona electorate has already voted. If Democrats win this seat, it would likely be net gain number seven, rather than replacing one of the others on which they are counting.
Former President Bill Clinton is making a well-timed stop in Arizona today where he rallies with Democratic senatorial candidate Jim Pederson in Tempe, AZ at 5:30 pm ET and Tucson, AZ at 8:30 pm ET.
Sen. George Allen (R-VA) attends an "Issues, Ideas, Records" event at the Wyndham Hotel in Roanoke, VA at 10:30 am ET then heads to a closed press meet and greet at the Phillip Morris Manufacturing Center in Richmond at 3:00 pm ET. Immediately following the meet and greet, Mr. Allen holds a media availability at 3:30 pm ET.
Senatorial candidate Jim Webb (D-VA) hosts a reception at 6:00 pm ET in Arlington, VA with Michael J. Fox and Gen. Wes Clark. Earlier in the day, Michael J. Fox holds a campaign event with Rep. Ben Cardin (D-MD) at 2:30 pm ET in Chevy Chase, MD.
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) campaigns with Jim Webb at the Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA at 12:30 pm ET. Sen. Obama also attends an event for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in Hoboken, NJ at 5:15 pm ET.
Sens. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jack Reed (D-RI) hold a press conference call at noon ET to discuss military and security issues in Iraq.
NEW YORK TIMES/CBS NEWS:
Adam Nagourney and Megan Thee of the New York Times write up the latest NYT/CBS poll that shows Americans seem to believe a Democratic controlled Congress will cause the troops to come home more quickly from Iraq than if the Republicans maintained the majority. LINK
"Nearly 75 percent of respondents, including 67 percent of Republicans and 92 percent of Democrats, said they expected that Americans troops would be taken out of Iraq more swiftly under a Democratic-led Congress."
Nagourney and Thee boil the election down to one dominant issue: Iraq.
President Bush's wire interviews: