John Kerry is moving aggressively in the face of polls showing his candidacy slipping. The latest USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll gives President Bush a seven-point lead. And the importance of terrorism, the issue on which Bush has the biggest advantage, surged. Voters now say terrorism is as important as the economy in determining their vote.
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Ray Strother, Democratic Party media consultant, author of "Falling Up: How a Redneck Helped Invent Political Consulting"
Ryan Lizza, senior editor of The New Republic magazine, covering the election
David Gergen, advisor to presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton, professor of Public Service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government;Dan Payne, Democratic Party strategist and media consultant, former Kerry advisor
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst
This program aired on September 7, 2004.