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Saturday, August 23, 2003
John Kerry is planning to announce his candidacy in front of an aircraft carrier in South Carolina--a backdrop reminiscent of Bush's May landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln. Kos has a bad feeling about this.
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
John Kerry will be officially announcing his candidacy after Labor Day. Like Dean's official announcement several weeks ago, this will be largely symbolic, since Kerry has been campaigning for months. It will be a good opportunity to attract media attention, however, just as Dean's announcement did.
The Bush campaign is attempting to get its messages out through conservative blogs. They are offering live feeds from the Bush campaign website with "the latest campaign headlines and inside scoop."
A new political action committee called Fair and Balanced PAC is starting a campaign to "recall" Bush in 2004 by not reelecting him. On Thursday, they are planning to launch the website www.bushrecall.org.
Monday, August 18, 2003
Howard Dean has suggested that he might follow President Bush's lead in rejecting public financing for his primary campaign. This would free him from spending limits, but it would deny him federal matching funds. Dean had pledged earlier that he would accept the public financing system, but he is not yet bound to it because he has not accepted any public money. The question is: which option would bring more money to the Dean campaign? The federal limit for the primary season is about $45 million dollars, and Dean has raised only $10.5 million in the first two quarters, so he has a long way to go before opting out of the system could be profitable.
Even though Wesley Clark is not officially running for president, the group DraftWesleyClark.com is running a television ad in support of the retired general. This group has no official contact with Clark, and they are funding the ad with private donations. On Sunday, Clark said that his decision would come in two to three weeks.