John Kerry on the Campaign Trail

Since his official announcement in September, Kerry has not traveled to South Carolina since that month, Arizona since November, New Mexico since December, and not at all to the remaining four states. To make up for this deficit, the campaign plans an all-out media and travel blitz to every contested Feb. 3 state. Senator Kerry begins his seven-day-seven-state charge Wednesday, traveling first to Missouri then to South Carolina.

Three ads will rotate in each state. "The Good American", an ad featuring footage of Kerry walking through the jungles of Vietnam with an M-16 and discussing "doing what's right" with regard to health care and taxes, concludes with swift boat mate Del Sandusky vouching, "He's a good American." A second ad featuring David Alston, an African-American minister from South Carolina, focuses on veterans issues. Both "The Good American" and "Alston" will play heavily in Veterans' states such as South Carolina and Arizona.

"Corruption versus Opportunity" shows a sharp-looking Senator eyeing the camera straight on, in essence introducing himself to the viewer while explaining the need to roll back the Bush tax cuts. This ad is likely to run more regularly throughout the states.

The Kerry campaign refused to provide details of the ad buy, insisting only that the three thirty second ads will rotate in seven "significant" statewide buys.

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

JAFFREY, N.H., Jan. 26 — Senator John F. Kerry strode into Yoken's Restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H., and asked, "You want the Old Man of the Mountain pose?"

The senator, whose distinguished mug eerily resembles the Granite State rock formation which crumbled last year, added, "I'm all that's left standing."

And that's precisely the political scenario Kerry hopes will ring ever more true after Tuesday's votes are counted.

Deftly avoiding the expectations game, while simultaneously dropping his transparent underdog claim, Kerry comes into New

Hampshire's first in the nation primary in a vastly improved but still perilous position above the crowded field of Democratic contenders.

The candidate refuses to acknowledge polls, instead vowing to "fight for every vote" in New Hampshire before turning to the seven states in play on Feb. 3.

But there are subtle signs that Kerry is at least looking with one eye south and west while keeping his duck boots firmly on New Hampshire's ground. An early morning questioner asked Kerry, "How are you going to going to win?," especially in light of the recent Republican attacks claiming the senator is "more liberal than Ted Kennedy" and "without a legislative record."

Kerry quickly turned the question into a commentary on his chances in the south asserting, "The south is not a foreign country, ladies and gentlemen."

Having sealed the deal with four undecided voters traveling on the "Real Deal Express", Kerry turned his attention to an interview with ABC affiliate WMUR, during which a question was asked about the campaign's impending travel to Missouri and South Carolina.

Following the interview, Kerry asked aide David Wade, "Why's it out where I'm going?" Wade replied, "People figured out where you're going, but you're going other places too."

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