'08ers to Concentrate on Economic Concerns

The site of the other convention activities (or the entire convention, depending on the Invesco Field decision) -- the Pepsi Center -- will "hand over the keys to construction teams for the Democratic National Convention Committee at 8 a.m. Monday, and the on-the-ground, multimillion-dollar race to transform the arena into a convention hall by Aug. 25 begins," the Denver Post reports. LINK

The Academy Award-winning director of the Al Gore climate change film, "An Inconvenient Truth," Davis Guggenheim, was spotted Friday filming Obama as he campaigned in Montana. The footage is believed to be for a story about Obama's life and how Democrats believe they can win the West. The film will air during the Democratic convention. LINK

Even though Republican candidates this year seem to run for cover the moment his name is mentioned, President Bush remains the party's most prolific fundraiser. Bush has raised nearly $70 million for Republican candidates, and since the start of 2007, he alone is responsible for raising more than the DNC, the New York Post reports. LINK

Republican opposition researchers are digging to find an audio version of Obama talking about his past drug use, Politico reports. In his best-selling book, "Dreams of My Father," Obama explains the allure of drugs. There is also a section in the book where Obama repeats passages from a sermon delivered by his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, decrying "white folks' greed." LINK


In a very delicate way, Joe Lieberman suggested that Obama might not be prepared to handle a terrorist attack immediately after he takes office. Appearing on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," the independent Connecticut senator invoked the 1993 al Qaida attack on the World Trade Center and the larger 9/11 attack, which occurred during President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush's first years in office.

"What I'm saying is we need a president on January 20, 2009, who's ready to be commander in chief on day one. I think by his life experience, by his long service in the Senate, by his passing tests under pressure, by his introduction of the 9/11 Commission and support of the 9/11 legislation, by his support of the Patriot Act and the wiretapping act, John McCain is ready to protect the security of the American people."

On CBS's "Face the Nation," the man who faced a fierce attack by Republicans in 2004 for "flip-flopping" on important issues accused McCain of being a bigger "flip-flopper" than he was accused of. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said, "This is a different John McCain. This is not the Sen. John McCain. This is nomination John McCain. This is want-to-be president John McCain. And the result is that John McCain has flip-flopped on more issues than I was even ever accused possibly of thinking about."

As always, you can watch Sunday show highlights on "This Week's Sunday Sound" webcast. LINK


On Monday, McCain travels to the battleground state of Colorado to announce a "jobs first" economic plan. This will be the first of five days of economic-themed activity in battleground states.

Senior McCain advisor Carly Fiorina attends a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters Monday, July 7.

McCain and Obama speak to the League of United Latin American Citizens conference at the Washington Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 8.

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