— President Bush campaigns today for Rick Renzi (R) in Scottsdale, AZ, who's pretty secure, and for struggling gubernatorial nominee Bob Beauprez of Colorado before ending his three-day Western swing. As we suggested he would yesterday, "Bush tried to focus voters on the fight against terrorism Tuesday... He told cheering Republicans at a $400,000 breakfast fundraiser in Stockton that Democrats would raise their taxes and 'cut and run' in Iraq. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada issued an e-mailed response that despite Bush's talk about being 'tough,' Republicans have put national security at risk by bungling Iraq and ignoring warnings of the 9/11 attacks five years ago."
The New York Times writes that, tucked away in the military spending bill for the past year, was a provision providing $20 million to celebrate victory in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Not surprisingly, the money was not spent. Now Congressional Republicans are saying, in effect, maybe next year. A paragraph written into spending legislation and approved by the Senate and House allows the $20 million to be rolled over into 2007."