The Note: Polls Versus Guts


Vice President Cheney delivers remarks to troops at Fort Carson Butts Army Airfield in Fort Carson, CO at 3:15 pm ET. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sits down today for an exclusive interview with Mr. Cheney.

Excerpts of the interview will first air on "World News with Charles Gibson" this evening and you won't want to miss the entire interview on Sunday on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Also on "This Week," DNC Chairman Howard Dean plans to be live with Stephanopoulos to respond to Mr. Cheney's remarks and make the closing Democratic sales pitch.

President Bush attends Missouri Victory 2006 rallies at the Springfield Exposition Center in Springfield, MO at 10:00 am ET and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO at 12:50 pm ET. Mr. Bush then heads to an Iowa Victory 2006 fund-raising rally at 6:00 pm ET at Le Mars Community High School in Le Mars, Iowa.

"If the White House hasn't already hit your mail box -- either work or personal -- with an email touting the lowest unemployment rate since the spring of 2001, you're probably too hard to get a hold of," writes ABC News' Dan Arnall.

"The unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low of 4.4 percent in October as employers added 92,000 new jobs - flashing a picture of a strong labor market as the midterm elections draw near," reports the Associated Press on what will likely become one of the President's big talking points of the day.

Iowa Democratic Party Chair Sally Pederson will holds a bracketing conference call with reporters at 10:00 am ET and a press conference in Sioux City at 2:00 pm ET to respond to President Bush's visit.

Anyone else Notice this White House press release last night? Interesting timing to declare federal aid on its way to the Show-Me State just as the President plans a day of campaigning there. Be sure to Note the dates of the storms.

"The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Missouri and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms during the period of July 19-21, 2006."

First Lady Laura Bush begins her public day at 1:00 pm ET at a California Victory Rally in Pleasanton, CA. She then delivers remarks at a New Mexico Victory Rally in Albuquerque, NM at 5:00 pm ET.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY) has five events all over New Hampshire today -- in a state in which one and maybe two Republican incumbent House members are facing some trouble -- followed by a rally for Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) in Clifton Park, NY. He campaigns for Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) in Wilkes Barre, PA at 7:00 pm ET.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman attends a rally for Rep. Geoff Davis in Kentucky and then heads to a Steele for Senate fundraiser and rally in Maryland. This weekend Mehlman plans to be in Minnesota, Nevada, and Montana.

Sen. Hillary Clinton traverses New York to attend several events and campaign with New York Democrats, including gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), and congressional candidates Eric Massa (D-NY) running in the 29th district and Michael Arcuri (D-NY) who is running in the 24th district.

Former President Bill Clinton attends a get-out-the-vote rally for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe at Jonesboro Municipal Airport at 11:00 am ET in Jonesboro, AR.

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