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    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Why do some women support Bush? 

    Do women on the East Coast give more support to John Kerry because they're smarter than other women. Do women in the Midwest give more support to George Bush because they're not as smart? At least one Kerry fan thinks so.

    I wrote an article this week about how women are not supporting Kerry at the same level as they supported Al Gore in 2000. Citing a series of polls done for Knight Ridder and MSNBC, I noted that Kerry's support from women was lagging in Missouri and Ohio, two battleground states. Consequently, Kerry was trailing Bush in those states.

    One woman who read the article in Philadelphia did not think it was news.

    "I don't understand how it's anything new in the states you are citing," she said in a voice message left at my office. "Everyone knows Missouri, Ohio, that's going to be the polls there.

    "Those of us who are more educated on the East Coast, women, are going to vote for Kerry. We always have. We always will."

    Conservative columnist Ann Coulter had a different take. The trend made her "proud" of her gender, she said.

    posted by Steve Thomma at 4:30 PM

    Bush surprises troops 

    It lacked the drama of his stealth Thanksgiving visit to Baghdad, but President Bush startled a planeload of soldiers headed to Iraq during his visit to Bangor, Maine, on Thursday. When Bush learned that the troops' chartered aircraft would stop in Maine to refuel, he delayed his departure and climbed aboard to work the aisle.

    "It ain't every day you land somewhere and the president gets on your plane," Army Sgt. Bobby Dailey said. Bush spoke to the departing troops over the intercom, saying, "May God Bless you all. May God keep you safe."

    posted by Ron Hutcheson at 12:55 PM

    Thursday, September 23, 2004

    With liberty and health care for all 

    Sen. John Edwards was in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday talking about that eternally popular subject: health care.

    The Kerry plan he outlined would insure every child in America, allow small businesses to pool their workers with other employers for bigger savings, provide tax credits on health care insurance premiums for businesses and their employees and allow Americans to purchase the same plan as members of Congress.

    "We want to make the same plan available to those in Congress available to every single American," Edwards said. "There is no excuse for politicians in Washington to have better health care than the people who elected them."

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 2:35 PM

    Back on the trail 

    With just six weeks to go until Election Day, Kerry and Bush - and the reporters covering them - are busy heating up the trail. So we decided to revive Hot Off the Trail. We'll bring you snippets of daily life on the campaign bus, behind-the-scenes looks at details no one else is writing about and inside view of all the goings on.

    We'll be updating regularly. Stop by and see us!

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 2:27 PM

    This blog is compiled and edited by:

  • Ellen Dunkel, producer for Knight Ridder Digital's National Desk.
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