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Labor Leaders Say Gephardt Will Be Kerry's Running Mate
U.S. News & World Report ^ | June 21, 2004 | Washington Whispers

Posted on 06/14/2004 4:46:41 PM PDT by Bonaventure

Is it Gephardt?

Labor leaders believe union friend Rep. Dick Gephardt has the inside track to be Sen. John Kerry 's vice president. We hear that AFL-CIO execs say it's a done deal.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2004; gephardt; kerry; unions; veep; vp
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Gephardt may be the best pick -- assuming he can swing Missouri into Kerry's column.
1 posted on 06/14/2004 4:46:42 PM PDT by Bonaventure
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To: Bonaventure

I don't think John F*ckin' has any good Veep choices. But he absolutely MUST win Missouri to have a prayer of becoming President.


2 posted on 06/14/2004 4:48:15 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Bonaventure

P.S. By "best," I mean smartest for Kerry. Obviously, I don't want Missouri swinging into Kerry's column.


3 posted on 06/14/2004 4:49:08 PM PDT by Bonaventure
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To: Bonaventure
And just the other day we heard it was the governor of Iowa. Before that the rumor was Edwards or Clark.

The media needs to keep Kerry's name in the spotlight without actually having him in the spotlight. If he is actually seen, his numbers drop so doing VP speculation is a good way to prop up Kerry without him imploding.

4 posted on 06/14/2004 4:49:23 PM PDT by COEXERJ145
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To: Bonaventure
Labor leaders believe union friend Rep. Dick Gephardt has the inside track to be Sen. John Kerry 's vice president. We hear that AFL-CIO execs say it's a done deal.

That's what I heard about the Lakers winning last night.

5 posted on 06/14/2004 4:49:38 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: goldstategop
No Class/No Brows '04

Works for me!

6 posted on 06/14/2004 4:49:58 PM PDT by mombonn (íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: Bonaventure

I didn't think Kerry could find a Veep who is duller than he is. I stand corrected.


7 posted on 06/14/2004 4:50:12 PM PDT by yooper (If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there......)
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To: Bonaventure

Dull and Duller.


8 posted on 06/14/2004 4:50:19 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Bonaventure

I've been saying the same for weeks. He's safe, and won't
outshine the dullard that won the nomination. He also may
put MO in play, and you get all that fat union money that
has been extorted from their members.

he isn't exciting, though. and he's a crappy campaigner.


9 posted on 06/14/2004 4:50:23 PM PDT by smonk
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To: Bonaventure

Well, that'll be an exciting ticket. Gephardt isn't much more lively than Kerry.


10 posted on 06/14/2004 4:50:51 PM PDT by AQGeiger (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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To: Bonaventure

Mondale-Ferraro rides again!


11 posted on 06/14/2004 4:51:44 PM PDT by thoughtomator (No Gays = No AIDS; No Arabs = No Terror; No French = No Appeasement)
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To: goldstategop

Gephardt was popular only in the Greater Saint Louis area. The rest of the state hated his guts.


12 posted on 06/14/2004 4:52:08 PM PDT by ServesURight
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To: AQGeiger
Gephardt isn't much more lively than Kerry.

But he's got a history of being a hateful puke...that's what Kerry needs so he can 'rise above the fray' and let his browless attack dog spit the venom.

13 posted on 06/14/2004 4:52:24 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Democrats assume Republicans lie as much as they do.)
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To: yooper
I didn't think Kerry could find a Veep who is duller than he is. I stand corrected.

True, but he can't selection one who is more 'exciting' or 'charismatic' than himself. It has to be dull and duller, since the Dems seem stuck with Mr. Dull.
14 posted on 06/14/2004 4:54:03 PM PDT by TomGuy (Clintonites have such good hind-sight because they had their heads up their hind-ends 8 years.)
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To: Bonaventure
What a lifeless and depressing ticket Kerry/Gephardt will make. It would be Dukakis/Benston all over again.
15 posted on 06/14/2004 4:54:51 PM PDT by SamAdams76 ("Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born" - Ronald Reagan.)
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To: ServesURight

I've heard people say that Gephardt never tried for statewide office in Missouri because he knew he'd lose.


16 posted on 06/14/2004 4:54:54 PM PDT by Bonaventure
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To: Bonaventure
This is funny
Labor Leaders think Gephardt is it.
Al From and the DLC thinks Vilsack is it and they hate Edwards DUers want either Edwards or Clark
Deaniacs have started a Dean for VP website

Democrats don't have a clue who Kerry is going to pick.

17 posted on 06/14/2004 4:55:15 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: ServesURight
In ST. Louis they had to rig the vote to get Gephardt reelected. Held the polls open way past closing time.
18 posted on 06/14/2004 4:55:22 PM PDT by snooker (Reagan has put the smile back on America's face ... again. Can't you feel it?)
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To: ServesURight

All it takes is for the St Louis cemetaries to have a high turnout rate, and the rest of the state is out of luck.


19 posted on 06/14/2004 4:55:54 PM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules.)
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To: areafiftyone

You're right -- no one has a clue. But it's still fun to follow the gossip.


20 posted on 06/14/2004 4:56:30 PM PDT by Bonaventure
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To: Bonaventure

Suggested campaign slogan

Kerry-Leopard - Changing their spots daily just to survive... It's a jungle out there.


21 posted on 06/14/2004 4:56:55 PM PDT by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: smonk
the dullard that won the nomination

The dullard hasn't won the nomination yet...The Klinkster's book is coming out, and he and Her Heinousness will be dominating the media for the next few weeks. It'll be No. 1 on the NYT best-seller list, he'll be on ALL the talking head shows (except Brit Hume or O'Reilly).

Not to mention the little brouhaha in Beantown with the police union - havta wonder if the Clintons have their tentacles all over THAT.

22 posted on 06/14/2004 4:57:48 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: Bonaventure
Awesome! More stories about his Republican father's milk truck driving days. Maybe we will hear a story of a couple of rich men who want to give up their tax cuts as well.

Missouri is not a done deal for Kerry if Poco Loco Dickey is on the ticket. Remember how Dick was going to get all of the union vote in Iowa and they organized for him? He came in fourth.

Like Kerry he voted for the Iraq war. This will alienate some Democrats that are already holding their nose with Kerry. With Gephardt the stench will be so bad, they will not be able to take it and bolt to Nader.

23 posted on 06/14/2004 4:58:01 PM PDT by GWB00
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To: Bonaventure

Yawn. zzzzzz...


24 posted on 06/14/2004 4:58:36 PM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: Bonaventure
I don't think the Nation is ready for a vice president without eyebrows.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

25 posted on 06/14/2004 4:59:05 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Bonaventure

Gephardt makes Kerry look like Mr. Personality.


26 posted on 06/14/2004 5:01:24 PM PDT by ambrose (President Bush on Reagan: "His Work is Done and Now a Shining City Awaits Him")
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To: Bonaventure
I knew it would be tough to find a VP candidate who wouldn't overshadow John, their little ray of boredom. I think they managed it.

In a way, it makes a strange sort of sense. John rarely if ever spends any time with his fellow Senators on Capitol Hill. Dick rarely if ever sees his constituents in MO. John won't show up, Dick won't leave!

27 posted on 06/14/2004 5:01:30 PM PDT by ZOOKER
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To: ServesURight

You are right. Gephardt has not been a state-wide candidate before.


28 posted on 06/14/2004 5:03:20 PM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam '70)
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To: Bonaventure

Kerry/Gephardt -- Dull and Duller.


29 posted on 06/14/2004 5:03:34 PM PDT by spodefly (This post meets the minimum daily requirements for cynicism and irony.)
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To: Inspectorette
there is NO WAY kerry doesn't actually get the nomination.

klinton isn't out to do him any favors, but there is simply
no possible way that anything bizarre is going to happen and
someone other than jauques gets nominated.

the convention is purely formalistic these days. the decision
was made in the primaries.
30 posted on 06/14/2004 5:03:51 PM PDT by smonk
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To: Argus

If this really happens, you have GOT to send that in to the RNC. And to Hannity, Rush, and the others. That's a winner.


31 posted on 06/14/2004 5:05:56 PM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace; Registered

Maybe registered could design their campaign poster.


32 posted on 06/14/2004 5:08:40 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Bonaventure

I think this is a good choice...for Republicans.Gephardt is not totally over the edge, unlike a lot of Democrats these days. But he's old-school Democrat - pro-labor, caring for the working man, etc, and that just isn't the soul of the Democrat Party these days. I think the real core of the Democrat Party is the rage of Dean, the hatred of Judeo-Christian America, gay marriage and the ACLU. Just my opinion

I think Gephardt is an uninspired choice.


33 posted on 06/14/2004 5:14:04 PM PDT by Zack Nguyen
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To: Bonaventure

Dull and duller


34 posted on 06/14/2004 5:17:03 PM PDT by GailA (hanoi john kerry, I'm for the death penalty, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Bonaventure

Gephardt can't carry his own family.


35 posted on 06/14/2004 5:18:18 PM PDT by AmishDude (Taglines are for losers.)
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To: Bonaventure

This is good news, Gephart is a tired old fart. Gephart and Lurch would be the embodyment of "dull". I think Edwards would have been a better choice, at least he has a little Charisma.


36 posted on 06/14/2004 5:21:51 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Bonaventure

They are going the Goebbels root. Excellent!


37 posted on 06/14/2004 5:25:23 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Bonaventure

They are going the Goebbels route. Excellent!


38 posted on 06/14/2004 5:26:00 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: ServesURight
Gephardt was popular only in the Greater Saint Louis area. The rest of the state hated his guts

Exactly, and if the state votes the same way it did before Missouri will land on Bush's lap.

39 posted on 06/14/2004 5:26:35 PM PDT by pctech
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To: Bonaventure
Labor leaders believe union friend Rep. Dick Gephardt has the inside track to be Sen. John Kerry 's vice president. We hear that AFL-CIO execs say it's a done deal.

Oh, I really hope this is true. A stagnant icon of Old Labor, who may not even help them win the big MO.

Bring it!

40 posted on 06/14/2004 5:26:56 PM PDT by Citizen of the Savage Nation
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To: Bonaventure

I don't know what to say. I could go with "The bland leading the bland" or "The bland leading the blond."


41 posted on 06/14/2004 5:27:08 PM PDT by VadeRetro (Going off half-cocked is for people with the patience to hold off that long.)
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To: Argus
Dull and Duller.

Precisely why I'm encouraged by this news. I'm not even convinced Gephardt could deliver Missouri, either. He was supposed to be running hard in the state next door's caucuses in January, and he finished a pathetic 4th.

Go on, John--give him a call!

42 posted on 06/14/2004 5:27:14 PM PDT by GiveEmDubya (Godspeed Ronaldus Magnus)
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To: Bonaventure

This generic, milk-toast dim will last until his first debate with V.P. Cheney! Our Veep will destroy this weasel using his own political record, and his miscalculated words.

I for one can't wait!!!!!
LLS


43 posted on 06/14/2004 5:27:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("I'm mad as hell, and I'm not taking it anymore"!)
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To: Zack Nguyen

The Democratic Party has been taken over by the Liberal Nazis (Deaniacs, et. al.). Just try getting in a word edgewise with these critters, pertaining to Party Platform and nomination of candidates. They squelch free speech, engage in mean-spirited hit-and-run tactics, and they are sarcastic to the n-th degree. Kerry is a silk stocking socialist in true form, someone who would make a good (?) social worker but a terrible elected official.


44 posted on 06/14/2004 5:29:07 PM PDT by BrucefromMtVernon
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To: Bonaventure


Vee Vill Win !
45 posted on 06/14/2004 5:30:06 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Bonaventure

Oh, how exciting......NOT


46 posted on 06/14/2004 5:31:23 PM PDT by OldFriend (LOSERS quit when they are tired/WINNERS quit when they have won)
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To: Bonaventure


I will make Dick look
about this small ...
47 posted on 06/14/2004 5:32:24 PM PDT by John Lenin
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To: Bonaventure

Nope, I think it's gonna be someone either African-American or Latino. It will be someone relatively unknown, rather than any of the usual suspects.


48 posted on 06/14/2004 5:37:53 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Bonaventure

Picking "Head" Gephardt would certainly be a slap in the face to all Kerry's black supporters. They certainly deserve a spot on the ticket and to not pick a black running mate is to dis ALL blacks. Al Sharpton has been stabbed in the back and so has every loyal member of the Congressional Black Caucus. This is disgraceful!!!


49 posted on 06/14/2004 5:38:14 PM PDT by Tacis (,)
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To: Tacis

I agree! Jean Francois owes it to the black community to tab Al Sharpton or Maxine Waters for the Veep slot.


50 posted on 06/14/2004 5:40:53 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ((Mark Hamill: "I can't murder anybody."-Lee Marvin: "You don't murder animals, you kill them."))
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