The Note: Lipstick on a Campaign

Bob Barr snubbed the Ron Paul press conference Wednesday -- but he had a good reason, sort of. "At a news conference of his own, Barr said he agreed on the 'principles' of non-interventionism, privacy rights, reducing the national debt and controlling the Federal Reserve, but that they were 'amorphous,' " McClatchy's Maria Recio reports. "What Barr really wanted was Paul's endorsement, and he is even offering the Texan the vice-presidential spot on the Libertarian ticket."

"Thus did the short-lived third-party unity movement of 2008 go in the trough," writes The Washington Post's Dana Milbank. "It was an opportunity squandered, for the two major parties were busy yesterday demonstrating why an alternative to Democrats and Republicans is so desperately needed."

The Sked:

It's the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the political ad runs go dark.

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush hold a moment of silence at 8:46 am ET Thursday, on the White House South Lawn. The president then speaks at the dedication of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at 9:30 am ET.

Palin delivers remarks at the deployment ceremony for her son's infantry division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Then she sits down with ABC's Charles Gibson for her first interview as vice-presidential candidate -- watch "World News" Thursday evening for the first glimpse.

McCain attends a 9/11 service at the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa.

Obama lunches with former President Bill Clinton in Harlem.

McCain and Obama plan a joint visit to Ground Zero, and will attend the Service Nation presidential forum in New York at 8 pm ET, moderated by Time managing editor Rick Stengel and PBS's Judy Woodruff.

Biden holds a discussion with first responders in Parma, Ohio, and also attends Service Nation.

Get the full political schedule in The Note's "Sneak Peek."

The Kicker:

"I had a recent offer with Popular Mechanics." -- Barack Obama, on Letterman, recalling the days that he was gracing magazine covers with regularity.

"I didn't like the idea of 2 or 3 million people getting angry with me." -- Rep. Ron Paul, explaining why he declined Phil Gramm's suggestion that he endorse John McCain.

Viewing Guide:

The first excerpts of the interview with Sarah Palin will air on Thursday's "World News with Charles Gibson" and "Nightline," followed by "Good Morning America" and "World News" on Friday.

A special "20/20" -- "The Interview: Sarah Palin with Charles Gibson" -- will air on Friday, September 12 at 10 p.m., ET. The hour will feature more of Gibson's interviews with the Vice Presidential candidate from Fairbanks and Wasilla. Kate Snow will report on the personal and professional background of Governor Palin leading up to her nomination, and George Stephanopoulos will moderate a live roundtable discussion on the state of the presidential race.

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