Bush starts his day with rallies in Springfield and Joplin, MO, then heads to LeMars, IA for another one. He ends the day in Englewood, CO, positioning him for events there tomorrow (including the delivery of his radio address) and a rally in Greeley. The White House has provided a list of the candidates who are the focus of this presidential largesse in the final stretch. In Missouri and Iowa today: the state parties and Iowa gubernatorial candidate Jim Nussle. In Colorado tomorrow: Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, In Nebraska and Kansas on Sunday: House candidate Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas. In Florida, Arkansas, and Texas on Monday: Florida gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist and state Republicans; Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson; and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Asked yesterday about Bush's final campaign swing of the cycle taking him to a series of states he won in 2004, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said, "We go where we think we can have the biggest impact in winning these seats... We're being very strategic in where we go and we think you're going to see those results on Tuesday." On who decided where to go in these final days, Fratto said many people were involved and the president also used 'his instincts.'" "The president decides his final schedule," Fratto said.
Bloomberg looks at the range of issues that are restricting Bush to "playing defense in friendly territory rather than attempting public events in Senate battlegrounds like Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia... On the stump, Bush serves up a menu to appeal to cultural, religious and economic conservatives, outlining his administration's efforts to secure the border, increase surveillance of suspected terrorists, cut taxes, and appoint federal judges who will protect marriage as a union between a man and a woman. One of his biggest applause lines comes when he denounces" the recent New Jersey Supreme Court decision" on gay marriage.
The Des Moines Register previews Bush's visit to Iowa today for gubernatorial nominee Jim Nussle (R), who "is hoping President Bush can whip up the Republican base in GOP-heavy northwest Iowa today the way he did two years ago."
Laura Bush rallies in Pleasanton, CA and Albuquerque today.