Bush, Kerry Cross Paths On Respective Rust Belt Bus Tours
With the Democratic convention over, and polls showing a tight race, both presidential campaigns kicked their operations into high gear. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the "only common ground" for President Bush and Senator Kerry "is the collection of states they are targeting." Their bus tours though "the same six Rust Belt states in the week after the Democratic convention" came "within 40 miles of each other Saturday on Pennsylvania's Interstate 70." The Detroit Free Press reports Bush "defended his record and promised the economy would get better. Kerry lambasted the president for job losses and compared him to President Herbert Hoover, whose term ushered in the Great Depression." The Houston Chronicle adds that Bush "pressed his new message that America has turned the corner economically to gatherings in Ohio, an area where jobs have been slow to materialize. Next door in Pennsylvania, Democrat John Kerry scoffed at Bush's economic stewardship."
Kerry Campaign To Release Book Detailing Agenda.
The AP reports the Kerry campaign will be "releasing a book-length blueprint for their White House campaign, including plans to fight terrorism and improve homeland security as officials warn of an attack against major financial institutions." Kerry "arranged a stop at the Grand Rapids Fire Department on Monday to discuss the book, which will be available on his campaign Web site and distributed to supporters."
Bush Campaign To Rely On Three-Pronged Strategy.
The Christian Science Monitor reports Republicans say Bush has "no time to lose in 'setting the record straight,' both about his own time as president and Democratic nominee John Kerry's 19-plus years in the Senate." Over the "next three months, the Bush campaign will engage in a multi-pronged strategy - promoting Bush's own record as president, laying out an argument for four more years, and attacking Kerry on every conceivable front, particularly the thousands of votes he has taken over the years, which Republicans say prove Kerry is a 'flip-flopper.'"
Time magazine reports that some negative Bush TV advertising "will continue, Bush sources say, but they will take a backseat to a new, more positive message. . . . The President plans to spend much of the four weeks before his convention, starting Aug. 30, offering a new stump speech, a fresh set of upbeat advertisements and proposals to help people balance work and family, retrain after job loss, prepare for retirement and gain greater control over their financial fortune. The new agenda is aimed squarely at the minority of undecided voters who may determine the election."