The Note: Polls Versus Guts

Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) campaigns in Michigan today with gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos (R-MI), just as a new DeVos ad featuring John McCain is hitting the airwaves.

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You'll be able to catch Charlie Gibson's "Countdown to Vote 2006" daily webcast today shortly after 12:30 pm ET where Charlie, Mark Halperin, and others assess the state of play four days before the election.

You can also always check back to the Politics page at later in the day to catch the webcast at anytime. LINK

Bush Administration agenda:

William Broad of the New York Times writes the kind of lede that has already and will likely continue to soak up some unfriendly television time for the Administration four days out from Election Day. LINK

"Last March, the federal government set up a Web site to make public a vast archive of Iraqi documents captured during the war. The Bush administration did so under pressure from Congressional Republicans who had said they hoped to "leverage the Internet" to find new evidence of the prewar dangers posed by Saddam Hussein."

"But in recent weeks, the site has posted some documents that weapons experts say are a danger themselves: detailed accounts of Iraq's secret nuclear research before the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The documents, the experts say, constitute a basic guide to building an atom bomb."

The Washington Post's Al Kamen contrasts the way Democrats jumped on Sen. Kerry with the support Karen Hughes has given to Alberto Fernandez, head of public diplomacy for the Middle East, who said the Bush Administration "had been arrogant and stupid in its Iraq foray" in Arabic in an Oct. 21 interview with al-Jazeera television. "Then he apologized, saying he somehow misspoke." LINK

President Bush's campaign trail:

The President's "political magic dust" isn't what it used to be, but it is still the biggest drink-stirring straw in American politics. The New York Times' Jim Rutenberg writes pitch perfectly on President Bush's home stretch campaigning and wisely pays attention to that all important local media coverage. LINK

The Washington Post's Peter Baker looks at the President's schedule and writes, "A Republican president normally would not need to come to a conservative bastion such as Montana this close to an election, nor to Nevada's 2nd District, which has never voted for a Democrat since it was created in 1982. But Bush is playing defense in red-state territory and sticking to states that voted for him two years ago." LINK

The Wall Street Journal's John McKinnon reports that President Bush's planned stops in northwestern Iowa and the Florida Panhandle are designed "largely to increase turnout in rural areas, without stirring opposition in urban ones" while helping gubernatorial candidates like Iowa's Jim Nussle and Florida's Charlie Crist.

The Denver Post previews the Rocky Mountain State push by Vice President Cheney in Colorado today shoring up Republican support in two races that emerged late as competitive this cycle in the fourth and fifth congressional districts. LINK

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