Campaign Countdown 2004

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With just five weeks left, George Bush and John Kerry are sharpening their message points on Iraq, and voters are beginning to see some daylight between the two positions. Along with the arguments are the images: The Bush ad showing Kerry windsurfing — tacking back and forth on Iraq; Kerry accusing Bush of being juvenile in times of war.

And while both say they’re the man best able to keep America safe, the ongoing violence in Iraq is a challenge for both campaigns.


Stuart Stevens, media consultant for the Bush/Cheney campaign

Kiki McLean, former spokesperson for the Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign

Ryan Lizza, senior editor at The New Republic