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Kerry's Final Three for Vice President (Iowa Gov. Vilsack, Sen. John Edwards and ??)
US News and World Report ^ | 6/14/04 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 06/08/2004 6:19:35 PM PDT by kalama

Washington Whispers

Senator Kerry's Final Three

Kerry campaign insiders tell us that the Vice Presidential selection team is down to three finalists.

They won't say who they are, but we hear that Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack remains the front runner and that North Carolina United States Senator John Edwards is in the pack.

Senator Edwards is liked inside Kerry headquarters, as evidenced by the Edwards bumper stickers in some cubicles.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: Iowa; US: Massachusetts; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: clark; edwards; gephardt; kerry; veep; vlasic
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The other name is probably Wes Clark, Im guessing..
1 posted on 06/08/2004 6:19:37 PM PDT by kalama
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To: kalama

it won't be Vilsack because nobody knows who he is.

so its down to Edwards, Wesley Clarke, and Hillary.


2 posted on 06/08/2004 6:21:08 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: kalama

Veep from Iowa? Boorrring.


3 posted on 06/08/2004 6:21:11 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Half staff for President Reagan. Rest in peace, old friend.)
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To: kalama

Either Clark or my idiotic junior senator, Bill Nelson.


4 posted on 06/08/2004 6:21:17 PM PDT by EllaMinnow ("President Reagan has left us, but he has left us stronger and better." President George W. Bush)
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To: oceanview
Vilsack ?????

Isn't that a pickle or some other condiment?

5 posted on 06/08/2004 6:21:58 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (The Bullhorn that chased Jesse is right on my desk as I type this!)
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To: kalama

The other name is Tourist Guy, I think.


6 posted on 06/08/2004 6:22:06 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: Seeking the truth

that's Vlasic.


7 posted on 06/08/2004 6:22:21 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: kalama

Clark?

Not bloody likely.
I'm guessing Gephardt.


8 posted on 06/08/2004 6:23:34 PM PDT by counterpunch (<-CLICK HERE for my CARTOONS)
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To: counterpunch
Senator McCain: Americans have not sacraficed.
9 posted on 06/08/2004 6:24:25 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (http://www.osurepublicans.com)
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To: kalama

Can Wilsack carry his own state?


10 posted on 06/08/2004 6:24:32 PM PDT by I_killed_kenny
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To: Seeking the truth

Nah, "Vilsack" is a US tank range in Germany. Lotta fun~


11 posted on 06/08/2004 6:24:43 PM PDT by BeerSwillr (Profanity free since 2003-12-17 20:41:45)
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To: kalama
It doesn't matter who one pics as their VP. No Presidential election has ever been won or lost because of the VP. At best, one might pick up a couple extra votes in that persons home state and hope to not lose votes in other states by the choice. So in reality, the VP selection means jack squat.

Unless of course you pick some bumbling idiot who should be in an assisted living center like Perot did in 1992.

Who am I and what am I doing here?

12 posted on 06/08/2004 6:25:01 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: redlipstick

Please God, not Bill Nelson!


13 posted on 06/08/2004 6:25:06 PM PDT by highlandbreeze (....that others may live.)
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To: Thebaddog

Kerry's staff today was reportedly chasing down all of the newspaper columns that Vlasic wrote years ago as a small town mayor..


14 posted on 06/08/2004 6:25:18 PM PDT by kalama
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To: kalama

I hope it's not me.


15 posted on 06/08/2004 6:25:38 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: oceanview

I know but just imagine a pickle company combined with a ketchup company!


16 posted on 06/08/2004 6:25:49 PM PDT by Seeking the truth (The Bullhorn that chased Jesse is right on my desk as I type this!)
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To: kalama

Iowa?? how many electoral votes is that?


17 posted on 06/08/2004 6:26:13 PM PDT by The Raven (<<----Click Screen name to see why I vote the way I do.)
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To: Iowa Granny
Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack remains the front runner

Ahem, ping!

Prairie

18 posted on 06/08/2004 6:26:39 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Several hundred million men, women and children from former Soviet Union, live today due to Reagan)
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To: kalama

How about Hillary or Daschle


19 posted on 06/08/2004 6:26:47 PM PDT by The Raven (<<----Click Screen name to see why I vote the way I do.)
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To: counterpunch

Could be Gephardt, he has been mentioned in a lot of press accounts on the VP selection process..


20 posted on 06/08/2004 6:26:55 PM PDT by kalama
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To: kalama

If Kerry picks Bill Sack, or Ball Sack, or whatever his name is -- I'd say this is a very good sign. This means the Kerry campaign feels the need to go the extra mile to win in Iowa. If Iowa is close, then a few other swing states are likely to be leaning Bush's way.


21 posted on 06/08/2004 6:28:32 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Ego numquam pronunciare mendacium . . . sed ego sum homo indomitus")
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To: Phantom Lord
Even so, It would be almost suicidal for Kerry to pick an Iowa Governor for his running mate. (maybe not such a bad thing after all!)
22 posted on 06/08/2004 6:29:02 PM PDT by kalama
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To: kalama
Surely I am not the first to consider the Klintoon.....

All that influence... "back on the road again" social life for the 'Toon... and VP's always under the press radar

Justa (bad) thought.... apols...

23 posted on 06/08/2004 6:29:54 PM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The answers are out there; Wisdom is found by asking the right questions)
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To: oceanview

a four star general on the ticket would give their base the
hives. edwards is a lightweight, as evidenced by his PATHETIC
performances in the debates. he gives a good stump speech,
but that's because he pretends like the crowd is a jury during
a juicy zillion dollar lawsuit against some poor doctor, or
the pharmaceutical company that just discovered a miracle
drug, but can't get the FDA to approve it because some thug
dem senator has it bottled up in committee. this also brings
up edwards fatal flaw; he's literally an ambulance chaser.
if kerry puts little edwards on the ticket, bush instantly
pushes tort reform to the top of the agenda, thereby putting
kerry and company on the defensive for the rest of the
election.

but either one of these guys would violate the first rule of
for the number 2 guy on the ticket; don't outshine the #1
guy. and THAT turns out to be a pretty tough order.

that's probably why this nobody from iowa (nothing personal)
or some similar nobody, will get the spot.


24 posted on 06/08/2004 6:29:58 PM PDT by smonk
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To: The Raven

Hillary is probably the safety valve pick if something goes terribly awry with the veep nominee.. (stories from the past, etc.)


25 posted on 06/08/2004 6:30:50 PM PDT by kalama
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To: kalama
If he had half a brain in his head, his shortlist would be:

Fortunately, Kerry is obviously not that bright. Vilsack will probably get it because he is less of a threat to Kerry's ego than Edwards.

Regards, Ivan

26 posted on 06/08/2004 6:31:14 PM PDT by MadIvan (Ronald Reagan - proof positive that one man can indeed change the world.)
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To: kalama

I have a feeling that if the Kerry campaign has actually leaked these two names (there are only two names), then it will end up being neither of them. They just want it to be a big surprise so the media can go ga-ga over it later.


27 posted on 06/08/2004 6:31:31 PM PDT by AM2000
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To: Dog Gone

You're Bill Clinton?


28 posted on 06/08/2004 6:32:02 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Wings-n-Wind

I thought Hillary had categorically said that she's not running for veep? (unlikely, I know!)


29 posted on 06/08/2004 6:32:19 PM PDT by kalama
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To: MadIvan

Is Harold Ford old enough? I don't think he's 35 yet.


30 posted on 06/08/2004 6:32:37 PM PDT by AM2000
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To: smonk

their base is staying on board - they want to win, they know that Clark would have no impact on how Kerry governs if he is elected.

At this point, since the election hinges on Iraq - I would give Clarke the edge. Hillary is the wildcard, should something happen to cause Bush to tank in the polls before the convention - she will jump on.


31 posted on 06/08/2004 6:33:21 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Shhh, you'll get me banned.


32 posted on 06/08/2004 6:33:57 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: MadIvan

Ford is too young. Richardson is Hillary's VP in 2008 - they will not allow him to be tarnished in this cycle.


33 posted on 06/08/2004 6:34:18 PM PDT by oceanview
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a four star general on the ticket would give their base the hives.

But it would give Kerry goosebumps.

Plus Wes brings in the Soros and Hollywood money.

34 posted on 06/08/2004 6:34:21 PM PDT by Shermy
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Name: Harold Eugene Ford, Jr.

Born: May 11, 1970

Home: Memphis, Tennessee

Source: http://www.house.gov/ford/just_the_facts.htm

35 posted on 06/08/2004 6:34:25 PM PDT by AM2000
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To: MadIvan

Good list. I'll liven it up a bit: Warren Buffet.


36 posted on 06/08/2004 6:34:42 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: MadIvan
Gov. Richardson is Shrillary's running mate for 2008.

Rep. Ford is a good pick to 'take one for the team' with Lurch boy, but too young to be eligible this time.

Warner could be a dark horse pick along with Graham of Florida (lack of charisma rule here)

37 posted on 06/08/2004 6:35:29 PM PDT by kalama
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To: Dog Gone

You're freepname was the tipoff...


38 posted on 06/08/2004 6:35:45 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: kalama

He can have Vilsack!!!

So we can be rid of him!!

39 posted on 06/08/2004 6:35:52 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Reagan defeated communism while Kerry was kissing its arse.)
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To: kalama

My trial lawyer counterparts tell me that edwards has already told him that he's not the one. He doesn't strategically bring anything to the ticket either.


40 posted on 06/08/2004 6:36:13 PM PDT by CWW (Just Say No To Kerry!!)
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To: oceanview
Ford has been conspicuously loyal to Kerry for a reason. He is not stupid...he is rather frightening in a way.

As I say, watch him closely. I can almost see him warming up to relaunch the Democrats as "New Democrats" once the current crop of retreads and has beens (including Her Bitchiness) fall on their arse.

Regards, Ivan

41 posted on 06/08/2004 6:36:33 PM PDT by MadIvan (Ronald Reagan - proof positive that one man can indeed change the world.)
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To: MadIvan
Harold Ford is not eligible as he will not be 35 years old by inaguration day.

Bill Richardson carries a lot of national security baggage that can be exploited from his time heading Energy.

Mark Warner is a nobody and nobody knows him. Plus he is not camera friendly and he has braces. Not an image old Horse Face wants up next to his mug.

Personally, I think the one wild card that has never been mentioned and surprisingly so is Max Cleland of GA. Vietnam vet, amputee (though it is his own fault), former senator, and loved by the democratic base.

The democrats are still angry at the way they perceive he was treated by Bush and Saxby. Plus, he legitimatly would stand a chance of bringing Georgia into the Kerry column, and thus, if all other states hold from 2000, Kerry wins.

42 posted on 06/08/2004 6:37:08 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

You're=Your


43 posted on 06/08/2004 6:37:22 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: kalama

who cares.


44 posted on 06/08/2004 6:37:48 PM PDT by pantseatflyer
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To: AM2000
They just want it to be a big surprise so the media can go ga-ga over it later.

Today Sen. Kerry, the democratic nominee for presidnet announced his running mate. Kerry, who has plenty of gravitas of his own picked someone who brings even more gravitas to the campaign..."

45 posted on 06/08/2004 6:38:25 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: kalama
Bob Kerrey or Up-Chuck Hagel. That will ensure a Bush landslide in Nebraska.

Is there anyone that looks like Oliver Hardy that is a possible VP candidate since F'n is a Stan Laurel lookalike.

46 posted on 06/08/2004 6:38:29 PM PDT by Use It Or Lose It
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To: kalama

Hillary has categorically said she's not going to do a lot of things she later did. Such as saying she would never run for elected office.


47 posted on 06/08/2004 6:39:04 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: kalama

I'm in for Al Sharpton.


48 posted on 06/08/2004 6:39:23 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Phantom Lord
Harold Ford is not eligible as he will not be 35 years old by inaguration day.

Since when did such things as "rules" bother Democrats?

Bill Richardson carries a lot of national security baggage that can be exploited from his time heading Energy.

We can safely assume the media will ignore this.

Mark Warner is a nobody and nobody knows him.

That's actually an advantage for a Democrat. The fellow who came up with the saying "familiarity breeds contempt" obviously had to work with a lot of them.

Regards, Ivan

49 posted on 06/08/2004 6:39:28 PM PDT by MadIvan (Ronald Reagan - proof positive that one man can indeed change the world.)
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To: kalama

50 posted on 06/08/2004 6:39:35 PM PDT by paul in cape
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