CAMPAIGN UPDATE….The candidates engage in civil discourse about the issues important to all Americans:

  • John Kerry on taxes: “We will fight to repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans so that we can invest in education and health care.”

  • Dick Cheney on John Kerry: “Senator Kerry has promised to repeal most of the Bush tax cuts within his first 100 days in office.”

Hmmm, so “the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans” = “most of the Bush tax cuts.” I’m glad to see that Cheney is finally fessing up.

Elsewhere, the redoubtable Dana Milbank has some statistics about campaign advertising:

Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush’s campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads — or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate.

So Bush is three times more negative than Kerry. Just the kind of leader America needs.