Democratic candidates hope to use SCHIP to their advantage.
First out the gate was state Treasurer Richard Moore, who announced a health-care plan in late September that put him at odds with President Bush over expanding the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Then came Jim Neal, the Chapel Hill investment banker who's running for the Democratic nomination for Senate. When he kicked off his campaign in early October, he said it was in part because of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole's vote against SCHIP.
They're not the only ones, though. The state Republican Party also sent out a news release attacking U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who twice voted against SCHIP, for switching sides on the veto override.
And Republican Congressional candidate Carl Mumpower praised Bush's veto.