The trip "will begin in Erie as originally planned -- with Ridge at McCain's side -- and then head to Harrisburg," Josh Drobnyk reports for the Allentown Morninc Call. "Details are still sketchy, but the tour is tentatively scheduled to then head to York and Lancaster on Tuesday."
Drobnyk continues: "McCain has visited the state more than a half-dozen times since the general election campaign began -- three times as often as Democratic rival Barack Obama -- but next week's trip will pair the Arizona senator with Ridge for the first time in months."
Obama's public schedule is empty, as his Hawaii vacation continues. A perfect week for some convention news, as the Denver schedule gets finalized.
The president and first lady arrive back at the White House Monday evening, after cramming a few days of sports and diplomacy into a Beijing stop.
Dying to find out who Obama will choose for his ticket? All you have to do is text-message the campaign to be "the first to know."
This is about slightly more than communications strategy: "Once Election Day comes around, the campaign can contact voters less likely to head to the polls via their cell phones to boost turnout," Reid Wilson writes for Real Clear Politics."The offer highlights another aspect Obama's campaign thinks will help them win, the enthusiasm gap."
"The more ways the campaign has to contact supporters or potential supporters, the better chance it has of maximizing its vote in the fall," Washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza writes. "But, the email should serve as a reminder that a vice presidential decision from either Obama or John McCain could come any day between now and the end of the month."
Gov. Charlie Crist, R-Fla., is wrapped up in the same money mess McCain has found himself in: "Jihan Nassar, a homemaker in Corona, Calif., is listed as a $500 donor to the campaign of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. But she insists she never gave a dime. 'I can't make any donations, financially,' Nassar said Friday,"per The Miami Herald's Scott Hiaasen, Evan S. Benn and Beth Reinhard.
"Nassar and her husband, Waleed, are among more than three dozen California donors listed as giving to Crist's campaign on June 19, 2006 -- donations bundled by a controversial Delray Beach defense contractor now under scrutiny for contributions to GOP presidential candidate John McCain."
Friends from across the pond stir the pot: "Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee who has endorsed John McCain, is being vetted as a potential running mate for the Republican presidential hopeful, according to an adviser to Mr McCain's campaign," Stephanie Kirchgaessner reports in the Financial Times.
Gov. Jindal may not be McCain's running mate, but he could have a critical role: "The possibility of a keynote address raises the inevitable question: Is the GOP grooming Jindal to be the anti-Obama?" David N. Bass reports in the American Spectator.
Not . . . him . . . too! "When you come to Minneapolis for the convention, send some of that good . . . " Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn., told Glenn Beck last week, per the Pioneer Press' Bill Salisbury. Pawlenty, a South St. Paul native who works and lives in St. Paul, knows that twin (cities) don't like being confused for each other.
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