Economic numbers a boost for Bush, but Dems ask 'where are the jobs?'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.
The Bush White House
• President Bush says his tax cuts are the reason for "the surge in economic growth." While the 7.2 percent figure was welcome news, the Bush team knows without an increase in jobs, '04 is going to be a tough year.
• Democrats gunning to replace Bush were quick to point out that without more jobs, the new numbers were simply "irrelevant."
• During his trip to Ohio, the president added another $1.4 million to his campaign war chest.
The White House 2004
• The Gephardt camp was fairly quiet about the likelihood that Howard Dean will pick up the SEIU endorsement next week.
• Howard Dean's somewhat contradictory statements now and back in '92, on gun control emphasize the difficulty Democrats are having "with an issue that many say helped cost their party the White House and a handful of congressional seats in 2000."
• With the outcome in Iraq uncertain and a high unemployment rate, many Americans remain undecided about who they'll support in next year's election. One thing is certain however: "the stage is set for an election that could be as tight as the historic deadlock that sent Bush to the White House in 2000."
• Mike Kelley, an aide to Dick Gephardt, says he did not use a "derogatory slur" during a confrontation with a Howard Dean staffer. The head of the Iowa Democratic party says both sides need to cool it.
• Chrissy Gephardt defended Kelley at a Drake University event last night.
• Joe Lieberman picks up the endorsements of some former McCain backers.
• Even without Ashton Kutcher, Edwards managed to raise about $100,000 at Wednesday night's star-studded fund-raiser.
Fires in California
• Players from both parties are commending Gray Davis for setting aside any residual recall bitterness and dealing with the wildfire crisis head-on.
Compiled by Sasha Johnson.