The AP reports President Bush and Sen. Kerry "were set to skim past one another Thursday" in southern California. Kerry "will deliver a policy address on job creation outside of Los Angeles. . .while Bush is scheduled to arrive in Santa Monica a few hours later to headline a fund raiser with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Republican National Committee." NPR noted this morning that it is "an usually heavy campaign schedule for this President this early. August is when he would normally be working out of his ranch and taking it easy away from Washington. This week he will be campaigning for six straight days," and "next week. . .he is out on the road again."
Schwarzenegger Indicates Willingness To Campaign For Bush Outside State.
The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that with "his prime-time Republican National Convention speech fast approaching, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he could reverse course and campaign out of state for President Bush. . . . 'If there's a place, one place where they want to pop me in, this makes sense for me,' he said" in an interview.
Polls Show Bush Trailing Kerry By 11-12 Points In California.
Dick Rosengarten, editor of California Political Week, said on CNN's Inside Politics that Bush "is just not too terribly popular here in California. The same people who did the polling on Governor Schwarzenegger, Mervin Field and the Field organization, just came out with their poll here in California in terms of Kerry versus Bush. And unfortunately for the president, he's behind by about 11 or 12 points in that particular poll. Ditto the Survey USA poll and Public Policy Institute of California poll, all behind by 11, 12 points."