NYT ledes with Gore taking his turn in Burbank. "Turning his opponent's language against him, Vice President Al Gore delivered a stinging rebuke of Gov. George W. Bush's tax-cut plan today, calling it a redistribution of wealth that amounted to 'class warfare on behalf of billionaires.'" Bush story from Portland goes second and ledes like the gov's own: "Gov. George W. Bush swept up the West Coast today..."
WP lede's a combo: "George W. Bush returned to the theme of compassionate conservatism on the campaign trail yesterday and his campaign launched a new ad accusing Al Gore of 'bending the truth,' as the two presidential candidates scoured for votes in California and two other crucial West Coast states. Gore focused yesterday on Bush's proposed tax cut..."
WSJ goes with the mean stuff. "Democrats stepped up attacks on George W. Bush as unprepared to be president, as he dismissed the charges by noting 'that's what they said about Ronald Reagan.' As the campaign entered its final week, Democratic officials led by vice-presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman, echoing the theme of a new series of Al Gore campaign ads, hit Mr. Bush hard on his qualifications for the White House. Mr. Gore isn't joining in the criticism, however, insisting he is above such nastiness."
USAT ledes with a rather piercing analytical on the war on prescription drugs: Most seniors don't need 'em. "Despite this year's political rhetoric, most Americans above age 65 don't have budget-busting prescription-drug bills. Two-thirds of all seniors will pay less than $500 out of pocket this year..."
According to NYT, Bush out-campaigned Gore on Tuesday, 12 1/2 hours to the veep's 12, and had more official events, 4 to 3. Gore, however, traveled 866 miles to Bush's 834. If Bush starts to work hard, there may be no stopping him.
An inventive vote-swapping mechanism on pro-Nader websites to elect Gore and get Nader over 5 percent -- if you live in a swing state, trade your Nader vote for a Gore supporter's in, say, New York -- has been declared an illegal "corruption of the voting process" by California Secretary of State Bill Jones, a Republican. Two of the vote-swapping sites have shut themselves down.
Bush hits back on Gore's Social Security criticism about Bush's two trillion-dollar promises. Evidence? A one-word quote from the WSJ "nonsense" and a scornful comparison of the whole line of attack to Al's anecdote about his mother-in-law and the dog with arthritis. A Gore-is-a-liar ad, dressed up as a defense of policy. Beats details...
Despite getting in trouble with MasterCard this summer, Nader rips off another Madison Avenue standard the Monster.com ad with all the little kids (itself a rip-off of those sanctimonious International Paper spots). "I want to vote for the lesser of two evils... I want to be disillusioned... I want the government to ignore me." Funny stuff from a man who if you turn him off after five minutes can leave a very deep impression.
Bush swinging in Minneapolis, Duluth and Des Moines; Cheney working Florida in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Punta Gorda and Weeki Wachee.
Gore in Jebland too, hitting Kissimmee and Tampa before hopping to Scranton, Pa.; Lieberman all over the place, in Hollywood (not to bury but to praise, I'm sure), Boca Raton and Little Rock.
Nader, probably traveling by taxi, in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.
According to mysportsbook.com, Bush still the odds-on favorite at 2-5. Gore comes in at 8-5, everybody else at 750-1. (Buchanan at 1000-1.)