Who'll drop out next?
And who in the world is voting?
By John Mercurio, Robert Yoon and Alan Silverleib
CNN Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- So which Senate candidate do you think will drop out this week?
Will it be Rep. Bob Clement, trailing Lamar Alexander by double digits in Tennessee, who withdraws, making way for Tipper Gore? Or maybe Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster, reconsidering his decision not to run against Sen. Mary Landrieu, will urge all three GOP candidates to quit, so he can take a go at it after all. And what of those persistent rumors that Pennsylvania Republicans are itching to replace their gubernatorial nominee, Mike Fisher, with acting Gov. Mark Schweiker, in the race against Democrat Ed Rendell?
Alas, only time will tell. But after last week's debacle in Montana, where Republican Mike Taylor quit his challenge to Sen. Max Baucus because of a scathing Democratic television ad, it does seem that anything is possible. (For his part, Baucus, having done away with the inconvenience of a GOP challenger, has filled his campaign schedule with burger bonanzas and steak fries.
In the more predictable world of campaign politics, the week ahead is chock full of fund raisers and debates, fish-fries and, well, more than one book tour. Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will appear on a series of shows, including "Saturday Night Live," to promote his new book, "Worth the Fighting For." (Not sure how McCain's planning to discuss his new tome on SNL, but we'll definitely tune in to see).
While McCain has made clear his plans to sit out the 2004 presidential campaign, potential Democratic contenders are intensifying their political maneuverings this week, including Al Gore, who visits four states in perhaps his most active campaign week this cycle. President Bush, meanwhile, will stump this week for the Georgia Republican Party (read: Rep. Saxby Chambliss) and Michigan Republicans. Each event is expected to raise at least $1 million.
Also this week, House and Senate candidates are due to file their third-quarter finance reports with the Federal Election Commission. They should be available by the end of the week at www.fec.gov.
The following is a comprehensive look at the week ahead in politics.
First lady Laura Bush, also known as FLOTUS ("Former Librarian of the United States"), hosts the 2nd annual National Book Festival on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The event, sponsored by the Library of Congress, features renowned authors from across the nation, including presidential biographers Edmund Morris (The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan) and David McCullough (Truman and John Adams).
Former foes in New Hampshire's GOP Senate primary, Rep. John Sununu and Sen. Bob Smith, will join forces in Bedford today to raise money for state Rep. Jeb Bradley, the Republican who hopes to take over Sununu's seat in Congress. House Speaker Dennis Hastert headlines the event, which also touts the state's other GOP heavy-hitters: Sen. Judd Gregg, Rep. Charlie Bass, and GOP gubernatorial nominee Craig Benson. Bradley is in a tough race against Democrat Martha Fuller Clark. Breakfast costs $500; the pre-breakfast photo reception costs $1000.
Having dispensed with his pesky GOP challenger, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, will resume his frantic schedule of Burger Bonanzas, this time in the town of Red Lodge. Future bonanzas are scheduled for the rest of the month. Later that night, Baucus will attend the "Homestretch Steak Fry" in Billings, a low-dollar fund raiser and rally for the Yellowstone County Democrats. Baucus, of course, is now the only major party candidate running for the U.S. Senate in the Big Sky state. State Sen. Mike Taylor, the former GOP nominee, quit unexpectedly last Thursday, citing his disgust with a Democratic party ad showing 20-year-old footage of him at a beauty school he once owned. Taylor said the ad, which had special effect and music reminiscent of the movie "Boogie Nights," portrayed him as a gay hairdresser, which apparently doesn't wear well in Montana.
Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey will campaign today for two Democrats in tight Senate races: South Dakota and Colorado. Kerrey, a former Navy SEAL and Vietnam veteran, will headline veterans and military-themed events for former U.S. attorney Tom Strickland in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, and for Sen. Tim Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, battling for a possible fourth term, teams up with Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd for the day as the two rally the local Dubuque County Democratic volunteers and then kick back a few cold ones at the local Irish Fest. From there its on to a meet-and-greet with Clinton County volunteers and an address before a gathering of Hispanic activists at the LULAC Center in Davenport. Harkin's GOP opponent, Rep. Greg Ganske, starts his day at the Pleasant Hill Fire Department Pancake Breakfast and then moves on to an education conference in Des Moines.
Vice President Dick Cheney is tentatively scheduled to headline an event for Colorado state Sen. Marilyn Musgrave, who's running to succeed retiring Rep. Bob Schaffer in an eastern Colorado district. Musgrave aides say Cheney's schedule is subject to change due to the situation in Iraq. Notably, the Cheney event will take place in Colorado Springs, which is near -- but not in -- Musgrave's district.
Actor Robert Redford will appear at $1,000-a-person events in South Carolina for Democratic Senate nominee Alex Sanders in Columbia and Charleston. Aides say Redford decided to help" Sanders after hearing about his record on environmental conservation. Not surprisingly , Republicans are piling on: "It's not surprising the Hollywood liberal establishment has embraced Alex Sanders with open arms," Kevin Bishop, a spokesman for GOP Senate nominee Lindsey Graham, told a local newspaper. The Sanders camp never returned our calls to respond to Bishop's remarks.
In North Carolina, Democratic Senate nominee Erskine Bowles will keynote the state Democratic Party's 42nd annual Vance-Aycock dinner in Asheville. The $100-per-plate dinner is the party's largest fundraiser of the year. Gov. Mike Easley and Sen. John Edwards, both Democrats, also will speak to roughly 500 expected guests.
Tennessee's GOP gubernatorial nominee, Rep. Van Hilleary, concludes his 48-hour campaign tour in Johnson City. Hilleary will have five more of these before November 5, including one that lasts 96 hours. "I don't know how that's going to work. This is the candidate's idea by the way," said one aide. Hilleary faces a rough race against former Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean heads to New Haven, Connecticut, to attend parents' weekend at Yale University. Dean's daughter Anne is a Yale student; the governor himself is an alum. This is the eighth consecutive day Dean has spent in a different state of the union.
The Christian Coalition gathers for Day 2 of their "Road to Victory" conference in Washington D.C. The day's speakers include former Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes, as well as Gary Hart mistress-turned-anti-pornography-crusader Donna Rice Hughes. Today's events comes a day after the group organized a large pro-Israel rally on the National Mall, featuring Coalition founder Pat Robertson and current president Roberta Combs.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony Principi will be the guest speaker at a large veterans rally in Modesto, California, for state Sen. Dick Monteith, the GOP nominee to succeed defeated Rep. Gary Condit, D-California. A new GOP poll shows Monteith running slightly ahead of state Assemblyman Dennis Cardoza, a former Condit ally who defeated the Congressman in the March primary.
Speaker Dennis Hastert will be in Bangor, Maine to campaign for Sen. Olympia Snowe's former chief of staff, Kevin Raye, who's running to succeed Rep. John Baldacci in the state's 2nd district. Raye faces Mike Michaud in the November 5 election.
In West Virginia, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and Gov. Bob Wise (D) will attend a rally for wealthy attorney Jim Humphreys, who's running in a rematch with GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. Capito defeated Humphreys in 2000 by two points, but the DCCC backed Margaret Workman over Humphreys in this year's primary race.
Early voting begins in Nevada and Colorado.
Rep. Heather Wilson, R-New Mexico, holds a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Arkansas Democratic Senate nominee Mark Pryor attends the Helena Blues Festival. Pryor is running against Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Arkansas.
The candidates for Maryland governor are both expected to attend a candidates' forum in Rockville sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club, but don't expect to catch the action on the tube . Although Republican nominee Robert Ehrlich and Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend duked it out last month in a high-decibel NAACP-sponsored debate at Morgan State University, the only televised face-off of the campaign, they can't agree (or stand?) to meet again for a second televised debate. The two campaigns had been negotiating with the League of Women Voters to set up a debate for broadcast on public television, but talks have broken down, with each candidate accusing the other of not wanting to debate. After the forum, Ehrlich and gang will head over to FedEx Field to catch the Redskins-Saints game.
Former Vice President Al Gore headlines an evening fundraiser in Maryland for Democratic congressional nominee Christopher Van Hollen at a private residence in Chevy Chase. Van Hollen, who hopes to oust GOP Rep. Connie Morella in the 8th district, has had a busy fundraising week. In the last six days, he's hosted a number of high-profile Dems: House Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Caucus Chair Martin Frost, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Barney Frank, and former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta. Earlier in the day, Morella and Van Hollen will serve as the warm-up act for the Ehrlich-Townsend duel at a Rockville forum sponsored by the B'nai Israel Men's Club.
The Human Rights Campaign holds its annual dinner in Washington. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, will speak to the sold-out crowd at the Washington Hilton and Towers. Director Steven Spielberg will receive the national equality award, while Cristina Saralegui is getting the national civil rights award. Republican Carol Schwartz, the D.C. councilwoman who recently launched a last-minute challenge to Democratic Mayor Tony Williams, is being recognized for her leadership. Both Melissa Etheridge and Billy Porter will perform.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, Jimmie Lou Fisher, holds their first televised debate. The debate, sponsored by the Arkansas Educational Television Network, is being held at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
New Hampshire's Senate race continues to heat up as Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, joins her opponent, GOP Congressman John Sununu, at the Southern New Hampshire Jewish Men's Club Political Forum in Nashua. Sununu goes on to meet voters at the Milford Pumpkin Fest and the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association annual grass drag and water crossing championships in Fremont.
It's sure to get interesting as seven -- yes, seven -- candidates square off for a one-hour televised debate in the New York race for governor. All eyes, however, are sure to be on incumbent Gov. George Pataki, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, state Comptroller Carl McCall.
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges and his GOP challenger, ex-Rep. Mark Sanford, hold their sixth televised debate at Francis Marion University in Florence. Hodges and Sanford are planning to hold nine debates before November 5, which they claim is an unprecedented number.
Tennessee's Senate nominees, Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Bob Clement, debate yet again, the third time this week. This debate's in Nashville on the Vanderbilt University campus, sponsored by News Channel 5 and the Tennessean newspaper. Their fifth and final debate is scheduled for October 20 in Memphis.
The South Carolina Senate race goes on the road: GOP Rep. Lindsey Graham and Democrat Alex Sanders travel to Washington to debate on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Iowa Democrats rally the base as Sen. Tom Harkin and Gov. Tom Vilsack address the United Food and Commercial Workers in Davenport. Meanwhile, Harkin's opponent, Rep. Greg Ganske, reaches out to the critical GOP gun owners constituency when he hosts a "Sportsmen for Ganske" event in Waukee, Iowa.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, travels to Charleston, South Carolina, where he'll speak at the College of Charleston (Alex Sanders's old haunts) at the School of Jewish Studies to dedicate their new building. Later, he'll visit the Charleston Naval Weapons Center and, this evening, will headline a fundraiser for Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat. He'll also attend a separate reception the Senator organized for Steve Benjamin, the Democratic nominee for state attorney general, and Democrat Rick Wade, who's running for South Carolina secretary of state. Both Benjamin and Wade are African-American.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Martin Frost will travel to Kansas City to attend a brunch and other events for Rep. Dennis Moore (D), who faces a stiff challenge from GOP nominee Adam Taff. A Frost press release notes that Moore was first elected to a GOP-leaning House district in 1998, when Frost served as DCCC chairman.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, headlines the Arizona Democratic Party's 2002 Pima County Awards Gala. The party fundraiser costs $150-per-person ($75 if you're a precinct committee person), $1,500-a-table, and $3,000 to sponsor (which includes VIP reception).
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Martin Frost of Texas heads to Kansas City to headline a brunch fundraiser and for Kansas Rep. Dennis Moore, who's trying to fend off a strong challenge from Republican Adam Taff.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a Republican, will attend the Viva Broward festival in Ft. Lauderdale and then travel to Pasco County to attend a grass roots barbeque.
House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, will be the keynote speaker at a campaign rally in North Carolina for state Sen. Brad Miller, the Democratic nominee in the state's new 13th district. Miller and Menendez are expected to highlight education, health care and immigration issues in their remarks.
Who in the world is voting? Over in Europe, Serbia holds its second round of presidential elections.
Former President Bill Clinton stumps for state Rep. Joe Courtney, who's running against GOP Rep. Rob Simmons. Courtney could use Clinton's help -- a new GOP poll put Simmons ahead by 32 points.
Al Gore begins a two-day campaign trip to Iowa, campaigning for Democratic candidates in six cities throughout the state. Gore starts the day at a Dubuque fundraiser at the Brickhouse Brewery for Ann Hutchinson, who's challenging GOP Rep. Jim Nussle. Later, Gore will appear with Democratic House nominee Julie Thomas at an activist meeting at Cornell College and a rally and reception at the University of Iowa.
Also in Iowa, Gov. Tom Vilsack plans to swing by classic rock station KGGO in Urbandale shortly after 7 a.m. to chat with the D.J.s. Rumor has it he might even make pancakes and serve breakfast at the station. Later, Vilsack joins Sen. Tom Harkin at a press conference in Grandview College in Des Moines to discuss the appropriation of new federal resources to deal with Iowa's nursing crisis.
Sen. John Edwards joins the club of high-profile Democratic Senators to stump for Democrat Ron Kirk in his race to succeed retiring Texas Sen. Phil Gramm. Kirk's opponent, state attorney general John Cornyn, has made political hay in the past with Kirk's New York and D.C. fundraisers with the likes of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tom Daschle, but he won't be able to add any fuel to that fire with this fund raiser: the Edwards event will be held in Texas.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, continues his stay in the Grand Canyon State to stump for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Janet Napolitano. Napolitano, the state attorney general, faces Republican Matt Salmon in what's expected to be tight race. Several months ago, the Massachusetts Senator and his wife Teresa Heinz accepted an invitation to visit with Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy at their home in scenic Sedona, Arizona, but the power couples haven't quite nailed down a date. So this will be purely a fund raising trip.
Figure skating champion and Maryland Republican Dorothy Hamill will headline an "All-American Breakfast" with Kendel Ehrlich, the wife of GOP gubernatorial nominee Robert Ehrlich. Hamill, who won Olympic gold at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, was the star attraction at an Ehrlich fund raiser in July, and will be one of several high-profile Maryland jocks to attend an "Athletes for Bob" event on October 21 in Baltimore. That event will include former Baltimore Orioles legends Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Boog Powell, as well as championship University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams. Speaking of U-MD, after the Hamill breakfast, the Ehrlichs and GOP Lt. Governor hopeful Michael Steele will attend a "Students for Ehrlich" town hall forum at the University of Maryland in College Park.
New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. John Sununu meet in a one-hour Senate debate (7-8 p.m.) at Saint Anslem's College in Goffstown.
President Bush will headline a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for state Sen. Thaddeus McCotter and the Michigan GOP. The event is expected to rake in more than $1 million. McCotter is favored over Democrat Kevin Kelley in the new 11th district.
In the North Carolina Senate race, Republican Elizabeth Dole and Democrat Erskine Bowles are holding a closed-door debate, a tape of which will be available at 7 p.m. today. Details of the debate were shrouded in secrecy last week. Hmmmmm.
In New Mexico, Vice President Dick Cheney campaigns for GOP gubernatorial nominee John Sanchez and Republican House candidate Steve Pearce, who is running in the southern 2nd district. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-New Mexico, will also on hand.
Minnesota Senate candidate Norm Coleman (R) announces his jobs plan at a press conference held at the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce.
Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, hosts a $1,000-a-head fundraiser at his Nashville home for Rep. Van Hilleary, the state's GOP gubernatorial nominee.
Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Arkansas, and his Democratic challenger, Mark Pryor, will debate in Conway at the University of Central Arkansas. C-SPAN will carry this live.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, has a full day in New Hampshire. He starts off in Manchester, greeting Democrats at their canvassing kick-off and then heads to Keane to campaign with Democrat Katrina Swett, who's challenging Rep. Charlie Bass, a Republican. Swett and Lieberman will talk to campaign volunteers from Keane State University about higher education. From there he meets up with state Sen. George Disnard to walk through downtown Claremont and greets volunteers at the Claremont Democratic headquarters. The Senator heads to Dartmouth College to campaign with the party's gubernatorial nominee, Mark Fernald. Fernald and Lieberman then head to Lebanon to greet the Upper Valley Democrats, a local group of party activists.
Rep. Saxby Chambliss, the GOP challenger to Democratic Sen. Max Cleland in Georgia, continues a statewide tour touting his endorsement from the Veterans of Foreign Wars -- no small prize considering that Cleland is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and triple amputee. Today's presser is near the Warner Robins Air Force Base, near Macon. Chambliss is also attending the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce forum, an event Cleland will not attend.
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, a Democrat, is having breakfast with Aunt Eunice at her diner in Huntsville. Eunice isn't Siegelman's aunt; she's a colorful character who follows local politics and has a special table at her restaurant where she makes politicians sit down and chat about politics. This is what Eunice wrote about Siegelman on her Web site after his most recent visit: "It was good to see him and to know his family was doing well. So good to see that Don still knows how to pour coffee!" Later on, the governor will attend a Democratic Party rally in Cherokee County. Siegelman faces a tough race against the GOP nominee, Rep. Bob Riley.
Still in Iowa, Al Gore campaigns with Rep. Leonard Boswell, attending a labor breakfast and an education forum with the Congressman in Des Moines. Boswell faces a tough race against attorney Stan Thompson. Later, Gore appears at a get-out-the-vote rally for John Norris at Iowa State University in Ames. Norris is running against Rep. Tom Latham, a Republican.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean travels to Wisconsin to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Doyle, who's running against acting GOP Gov. Scott McCallum. While in the Badger State, Dean, one of two physician governors in the nation, will address the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine.
Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, heads to Arizona.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, is in San Francisco raising money for his Senate reelection campaign, a race in which he faces no Republican opposition.
Campaign '02 hits the Motor City as A.G. General Jennifer Granholm (D) faces off against Lt. Gov. Dick Posthumus (R) in the second Michigan gubernatorial debate. Granholm is seeking to become the first Democrat elected governor of Michigan in 16 years.
Today is the deadline for all Senate and House campaigns, as well as most leadership PACs and national party committees to file their campaign finance reports for the past three months with the Federal Election Commission. While the majority of Americans struggle to stay awake at the mere mention of the letters "FEC," Senate and House campaigns across the nation will consume gallons upon gallons of coffee pouring over page after page of dense FEC reports to find out who has written checks to their opponents, and how they've spent their money from July 1 through September 30. All Democratic presidential hopefuls except for House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt and Sen. John Kerry will file reports today for their leadership PAC or presidential committee (Gephardt and Kerry are both monthly filers, and thus don't have to turn in their reports until October 20).
House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, delivers what's being billed as a major economic speech at the National Press Club in Washington. The speech is part of the Economic Policy Institute's forums on the economy. Just three weeks before Election Day, Gephardt hopes to chart an economic agenda voters can expect if Democrats take back the House. With that in mind, the caucus plans to organize events focused on the economy for every day this week.
Still in New Hampshire, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, headlines a breakfast for the Nashua City Democratic Committee at Daniel Webster College. Lieberman will then head to Boston to host a fundraising luncheon with state Treasurer Shannon O'Brien, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Massachusetts.
As the nation inches towards a possible war with Iraq, Americans can reflect on the events of forty years ago today, the unofficial start of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when U.S. intelligence forces first detected Soviet missile silos in Cuba. President John F. Kennedy would eventually inform the American public of the situation in a televised speech on October 22, 1962. In the debate over Iraq, both President George W. Bush and Sen. Edward Kennedy have invoked the Cuban Missile Crisis, although to make completely different arguments.
New Mexico gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican John Sanchez, will face off in a televised debate in old town Albuquerque. Their first televised debate is being sponsored by Comcast Cable and KKOB-AM radio.
Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone (D) meets rival Norm Coleman (R) for a debate in Moorehead at 7 p.m.
New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen picks up the endorsement of the New Hampshire Professional Firefighters.
Tennessee GOP Senate nominee Lamar Alexander kicks off a "Protecting Tennessee Jobs" tour, stopping in Dyer County at a Caterpillar farm equipment plant.
Vice President Dick Cheney will attend a Tulsa breakfast for freshman Rep. John Sullivan (R). Tickets for the breakfast are $250-a-head, tickets for the breakfast and a photo-op are $1,000-a-head.
Voters head to the polls in Iraq to weigh in on a national referendum on whether Iraqi President Saddam Hussein should serve another term.
Vermont's Independent Sen. Jim Jeffords begins a swing through California to raise money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Planned Parenthood.
Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the Democratic nominee for the state's top job, holds an "Women United for Townsend/Larson" fundraiser in Baltimore. Townsend's running mate, Adm. Charles Larson, will also attend. Tickets are $25 per person, $100 for "sponsors."
Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Connecticut, travels to Iowa.
Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland headline a women's rally and fund raiser for Maryland gubernatorial nominee Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in Bethesda. The event is $25 per person.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry continues his California fundraising swing. He's expected to be in San Diego to add to his Senate re-election committee coffers, but the trip could be scrapped if there are votes in the Senate.
Tennessee Senate nominee Bob Clement, a Democrat, begins a three-day get-out-the-early-vote bus tour. The tour will take him across the state. Clement's GOP rival, ex-Gov. Lamar Alexander, and his wife, Honey, will vote in Maryville.
In Wisconsin, acting Gov. Scott McCallum, a Republican, and his Democratic challenger, state Attorney General Jim Doyle, hold the second of three televised debates. McCallum and Doyle will face off again on October 27.
Israeli Prime Minster Ariel Sharon is expected to meet with President George W. Bush in Washington.
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, and his GOP challenger, ex-Rep. Mark Sanford, attend the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association forum.
Who in the world is voting? Jamaica holds parliamentary elections.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson headlines a $1,000-a-PAC fundraiser at the DC office of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for GOP House nominee Chris Chocola, an attorney who's running to succeed Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Indiana. Chocola faces a tough race against ex-Rep. Jill Long Thompson, the Democratic nominee.
Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat, delivers remarks to the state AFL-CIO's annual convention in Augusta.
Early voting begins in Tennessee.
Al Gore will stump in the Lehigh Valley for state Rep. T.J. Rooney (D) and House Democratic nominee Ed O'Brien. Rooney, who helped coordinate Gore's in Pennsylvania in 2000, said Gore "has been a friend, and it's my fervent hope that he will also be our nominee in the year 2004."
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, will appear on the "Conan O'Brien Show" on NBC-TV.
President Bush travels to Atlanta to headline a luncheon for GOP Rep. Saxby Chambliss, who's challenging Sen. Max Cleland, a Democrat. The event is being called the "Georgia Unity Celebration." Sonny Perdue, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, will also attend.
America's Mayor, Rudy Giuliani (R), comes to Minneapolis to host a luncheon fundraiser for Minnesota GOP Senate nominee Norm Coleman. Later that evening in Rochester, Coleman squares off against Sen. Paul Wellstone (D) in their second debate of the week.
Republican Senate nominee Lamar Alexander continues his Tennessee jobs tour, getting a briefing from Chattanooga Mayor Corker, who has just announced a new riverfront development project.
Secretary of State Colin Powell keynotes the annual Al Smith dinner in New York City.
Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, keynotes the New Hampshire Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in Manchester. Edwards will also attend house parties and fundraisers for local candidates during this three-day swing through the Granite State. The trip is Edwards' third trip to the state this year. His most recent foray was in June.
Bill Clinton will host a fundraiser in New York City for attorney Bill McBride, the Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, will headline a fundraiser for Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minnesota, at a private home in Minneapolis.
Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican John Sanchez meet again for the second televised debate in the New Mexico gubernatorial race. They meet this time in Las Cruces.
In Maryland, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Kathleen Kennedy Townsend campaigns with her second Clinton in three days. Former President Bill Clinton stumps for his fellow New Democrat at a Get Out the Vote Rally at Coppin State College in Baltimore. Just two days earlier, the former president's wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, headlined a fundraiser for Townsend in Bethesda.
House GOP Conference Chairman J.C. Watts's GrowPAC kicks off one last campaign tour. Today, he stumps for former New Jersey Secretary of State Buster Soaries, who's running against Rep. Rush Holt in the state's 12th district; state Assemblyman Scott Garrett, who's running against Anne Sumers to succeed retiring Rep. Marge Roukema. And in nearby New York, Watts will stump for Rep. Sue Kelly.
Saturday, October 19
Bumped by Sarah Michelle Gellar from his originally scheduled appearance on the season opener, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, hosts NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" tonight. (Actually, McCain bowed out of the original SNL gig due to Senate votes, but we thought we'd try to stir a little tension between Gellar and McCain). The musical guest tonight will be rapper Nelly. McCain apparently is irate that he won't appear with country singer Faith Hill, who was paired with Gellar.
Twenty-two percent of Iowa voters in 2000 were age 60 or older -- a statistic not likely to be overlooked by Gov. Tom Vilsack and challenger Doug Gross as they each stop by the Polk County Convention Center "Over 50s Lifestyle Expo." Later, Gov. Vilsack attends a Johnson County Democratic barbecue in Iowa City.
Former Sen. and 2000 presidential candidate Bill Bradley, D-New Jersey, will head to Iowa, headlining a barbecue for Democrat John Norris at the Stonehaven Barn in DeSoto. Norris is running against Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa. No word yet on when Bradley will campaign for his former colleague, Frank Lautenberg, in his 11th-hour race for Bradley's old seat.
Al Gore will be a special guest at a fund raiser for Rep. Jim Maloney, D-Connecticut, in Southbury. In a statement, Maloney said the former vice president is "well regarded in Connecticut and we are delighted" he'll attend the event.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, will travel to Michigan to headline a money event for the Democratic Party's coordinated campaign. State Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, the Michigan Democratic gubernatorial nominee, will be the main beneficiary of Clinton's visit. Later today, Clinton will travel to Florida to deliver a speech at the Dade Human Rights Campaign dinner. Clinton aides last week were still finalizing details of other events she'll attend while she's in the Sunshine State.
House GOP Conference Chairman J.C. Watts is tentatively scheduled to campaign in Connecticut for Republican Reps. Christopher Shays and Nancy Johnson. Watts, who is retiring, will also stump today for Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois.
"Sportsmen for Saxby" hold a rally for GOP Rep. Saxby Chambliss's Senate race in Albany, Georgia.
Sunday, October 20
The Mortgage Bankers Association of America begins its annual meeting in Chicago. This year's speakers include former President George H.W. Bush (#41) and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Bush will also be the honored guest in Des Moines at an event for Rep. Greg Ganske, a Republican, who is challenging Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.
Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Connecticut, will travel to South Florida and Orlando over the next two days for fundraisers. Details were still coming together last week.
Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, visits neighboring New Hampshire to attend a breakfast fundraiser for the Nashua Dem City Committee.
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean heads to the bright lights of New York City to raise money for his 2004 presidential campaign.
Tennessee's Senate nominees, Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Bob Clement, meet for their fifth and final debate this afternoon at the WREG-TV studio in Memphis.
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, a Democrat, and Rep. Bob Riley, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, face off in their second debate at 8 p.m. CDT. This debate will be held at the Alabama Public Television station in Montgomery.
Third-quarter FEC reports due for monthly filers. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, will each file reports today for their leadership PACs.
House GOP Conference Chairman J.C. Watts will campaign in New Hampshire for Rep. Charlie Bass, as well as state Rep. Jeb Bradley (R), who's running to succeed Rep. John Sununu, who is running for Senate. Watts is also stumping for Kevin Raye, a House GOP nominee in Maine.
South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, a Democrat, and his GOP challenger, ex-Rep. Mark Sanford, debate again, this time in Charleston. This televised face-off (their eighth since late August) is hosted by WCSC-TV.
In the New Mexico gubernatorial race, Democrat Bill Richardson and Republican John Sanchez debate for the third time, this time at the KRQE-TV station in Albuquerque.
Who in the world is voting? Ecuador holds its first round of presidential and legislative elections.