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Michigan rally will see Gephardt endorse ex-rival Kerry
AP ^ | 2-5-03 | RON FOURNIER and LEIGH STROPE

Posted on 02/05/2004 9:36:26 PM PST by Dan from Michigan

Michigan rally will see Gephardt endorse ex-rival Kerry

By RON FOURNIER and LEIGH STROPE
The Associated Press
2/5/2004, 11:49 p.m. ET

NEW YORK (AP) — John Kerry secured the endorsement of former presidential rival Dick Gephardt on Thursday, a blockbuster embrace that paid immediate dividends for the Democratic front-runner's bid to rally organized labor behind his candidacy.

Kerry spokesman David Wade said the Missouri lawmaker will give Kerry his backing on Friday in Warren and Flint, Mich.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and its U.S. senators, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, have endorsed Kerry. The state holds its Democratic caucuses Saturday.

Wade confirmed the endorsement as two labor officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said an alliance of labor groups formed by the Teamsters and more than a dozen industrial unions planned to endorse Kerry. The Alliance for Economic Justice made the decision after a morning meeting in Boston, where Kerry began his day.

A Democratic official, familiar with the talks, said Gephardt urged the group to back Kerry. The coalition was formed in the fall by unions that supported Gephardt after it became clear that some of the larger public and service sector unions did not want to give him a laborwide endorsement from the AFL-CIO. They include the steelworkers, laborers, machinists, ironworkers and others.

Kerry has tightened his grip on the front-runner title with back-to-back wins in Iowa and New Hampshire and victories in five of the seven states that voted on Tuesday. The Gephardt endorsement caps a series of endorsements for Kerry Thursday, including Levin, Stabenow, Maine's governor, former Senate majority leader George Mitchell, D-Maine.

Howard Dean, the race's front-runner just six weeks ago, is in danger of losing support from three major unions backing him — the Services Employees International Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades.

Although they have publicly pledged to back Dean at least through the Feb. 17 Wisconsin primary, labor sources say the unions' leaders are discussing how much — and how much longer — to support the former Vermont governor.

Kerry's new labor endorsements won't be announced until next week or the following. Presidents of the unions wanted time to brief their members before making the endorsement public, the sources said.

Gephardt dropped out of the race last month after a fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. He said at the time he intended to support the party's nominee, but said he had no immediate plans to endorse any of the contenders.

Gephardt, the 14-term congressman, gained the support of more than 20 unions with more than 5 million members. He failed in a bid to win the backing of the AFL-CIO, though, when Dean collected the support of SEIU and AFSCME, two of the largest members of the labor federation.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 2004; endorsement; freeloader; frenchpoodle; gephardt; gigolo; golddigger; janefondakerry; kerry; labor; pampered
A sinator who loves NAFTA, GATT, and MFN for China, who married into money and never lived with 'workin' men' in his life....okay..
1 posted on 02/05/2004 9:36:29 PM PST by Dan from Michigan
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To: Dan from Michigan
Ironic the Governor of this state, who blames the current President for hundreds of jobs lost in this state, has endorsed Kerry, the guy who wants to put GM & FORD out of business with highter fuel standards. Whats up with that Danno?
2 posted on 02/05/2004 9:39:44 PM PST by ClintonBeGone (<a href="http://www.freerepublic.com/~clintonbegone/">Hero</font></a>)
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To: Dan from Michigan
In any advanced civilization somebody still needs to take out the garbage. One thug to another the Peter Principle is passed on.
3 posted on 02/05/2004 9:43:36 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Maybe Jenny wants to get her husband Dan Mulhern a cabinent spot? I don't know.
4 posted on 02/05/2004 9:53:32 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("I donít want to get caught up in any of that Funky s**t goiní down in the city" - Steve Miller)
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To: ClintonBeGone
Much worse. She's born in Canada. She rails about jobs and inherited a pretty good state of the state. Union support these days is preaching to the choir, who cares.
5 posted on 02/05/2004 9:54:29 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
The Kennedy Borg Faction are aligning behind Kerry. I wonder what the Hitlery Mothership Borg will have to say about that. We should find out after the Spring/Summer polls.
6 posted on 02/05/2004 10:01:18 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Any day you wake up is a good day.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Kerry/Gephardt ticket!
7 posted on 02/05/2004 10:02:25 PM PST by LADY J
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To: Dan from Michigan

So, the guy who had so little support he was the first to drop out of the race before it even really got going gave him an endorsement.

I'm sure that Kerry is grateful for all 7 of Gephardts supporters. Oh, 8. I forgot Barbara Streisand.
8 posted on 02/05/2004 10:13:39 PM PST by adam_az (Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting weftists.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Thanks for the laugh...ahhh post.
9 posted on 02/05/2004 10:28:30 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Dan from Michigan

10 posted on 02/06/2004 12:40:06 AM PST by counterpunch (click my name to check out my 'toons!)
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To: Dan from Michigan
a blockbuster embrace that paid immediate dividends for the Democratic front-runner's bid to rally organized labor behind his candidacy.

Some blockbuster. The Union support was so good that Gephardt could have counted his votes in the primaries without taking off his shoes....

11 posted on 02/06/2004 12:44:52 AM PST by freebilly
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To: Dan from Michigan
When's Gore gonna give Kerry a call and endorse him?
12 posted on 02/06/2004 12:46:14 AM PST by Mo1 (Join the dollar a day crowd now!)
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To: LADY J
Kerry/Gephardt ticket!

Yep, Gephardt is probably on the short list. He would give Kerry a boost in the rust belt states (MI, OH, IL, etc.) where the battle for the White House will be won or lost.

13 posted on 02/06/2004 3:16:44 AM PST by IndyTiger
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To: ClintonBeGone
In addition, Lenin is one of the most powerful senators in Washington due to his many years there. He does nothing to bring back federal dollars that we've sent in taxes to Washington. He and his cohort Stabemall stood by and let Kerry and Kennedy take piles of all of the tax payer's money home to Boston to pay for the way over priced "big dig". The Michigan soccer mommies and their limp wristed significant others, africanhyphenamericans, and organized labor worship at the feet of Jenny from the block and her two partners in crime.
14 posted on 02/06/2004 3:22:39 AM PST by RushLake (Permission from the UN...we don't need no stinking permission slip from the UN.)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Kerry accepts another endorsement -- from Daniel Ortega, with the blessing of the Harkins:
15 posted on 02/06/2004 4:22:25 AM PST by jrlc
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To: Dan from Michigan
Kerry and his top advisor discuss the way to BRIDGE the endorsements to include Don Imus of MSNBC:
16 posted on 02/06/2004 4:24:19 AM PST by jrlc
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To: Dan from Michigan
Here in Ohio, WE don't use the "M" word
17 posted on 02/06/2004 4:26:04 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...)
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