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Missouri Democrats Beg Kerry: Pick Edwards, Not Gephardt
Newsmax ^ | 6/29/04

Posted on 06/29/2004 1:11:37 PM PDT by areafiftyone

The Democrats who know him best are sabotaging Dick Gephardt's chances of being Sen. John Kerry's running mate.

Eight of 11 county chairmen selected at random by the Associated Press in Gephardt's home state of Missouri preferred Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. Only two chose the former House minority leader.

But is a freshman senator with few accomplishments really superior to Geppy's centuries of experience just because of a pretty face, fancy hair and excellent dentistry? Apparently yes.

"Edwards is the exciting one," said St. Charles County party chairman Joe Koester.

"Gephardt just doesn't have the get-up-and-go that Edwards has," said Irma Brannum, party chairman in Butler County.

"That John Edwards is a fresh face and exciting," said Charles Christy, longtime party boss in Boone County.

"The person I like best and I hear the most buzz about for V.P. in our area is John Edwards," said Lawrence County party chairman Jim Kabell.

AP reported, "Democrats outside St. Louis were indifferent about Gephardt and, in candid moments, slightly resentful."

For example, he attended the party's annual bash in 1988 during his first fizzled bid for the presidential nomination. Then he failed to attend again until this year - during his second flop of a run.

"To a certain extent we do feel forgotten by Gephardt unless he needs us," said Daryl Boulware, Democrat chairman in Clark County. "We are rural folks, and sometimes we do feel neglected."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: edwards; gephardt; kerry; veep
Dems are getting pretty desperate - begging!
1 posted on 06/29/2004 1:11:38 PM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

Begging, that's all the Democrats are good for.


2 posted on 06/29/2004 1:13:21 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (John Kerry: An old creep, with gray hair, trying to look like he's 30 years old.)
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To: areafiftyone
That'd be terrific. Kerry would make a lot of Republicans happy too, if he picked Edwards. It'd be a mistake---no way can he claim Edwards is better fit than anyone else to step into the presidency, if necessary.

Imagine the veep debate!

But would Kerry make such a blunder?

3 posted on 06/29/2004 1:16:57 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Graymatter
But would Kerry make such a blunder?

I believe he would. I wouldn't be the first time.

4 posted on 06/29/2004 1:18:22 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (John Kerry: An old creep, with gray hair, trying to look like he's 30 years old.)
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To: Graymatter
But would Kerry make such a blunder?

I believe he would. It wouldn't be the first time.

5 posted on 06/29/2004 1:18:35 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (John Kerry: An old creep, with gray hair, trying to look like he's 30 years old.)
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To: areafiftyone
I still think Kerry might surprise everyone and pick someone no one has mentioned, and a women at that!

I have no idea who. I can just see it happening.

6 posted on 06/29/2004 1:19:27 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: Graymatter

"Imagine the veep debate!"

I just did. LOL.


7 posted on 06/29/2004 1:19:31 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Phantom Lord

Thats what I think too - not necessarily a woman but someone the dems haven't even thought of.


8 posted on 06/29/2004 1:21:18 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone
Kerry won't pick Gephardt. He fears that he'd be overwhelmed by Gephardt's charisma.


9 posted on 06/29/2004 1:21:41 PM PDT by ScottFromSpokane (Re-elect President Bush: http://spokanegop.org/bush.html)
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To: areafiftyone
Edwards is an ambulance chaser that drives up the cost of healthcare by his multi-million dollar malpractice lawsuits.
OB-GYN physicians are paying upward of $400,000.00 a year for insurance because of him and his trial lawyer buddies!
10 posted on 06/29/2004 1:22:22 PM PDT by Khuey
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To: Phantom Lord

I am thinking along the same lines. It is almost impossible for a Washington insider to get elected let alone two of them on the same ticket.

Edwards would be an easy target too. All you would have to do is dig around and find a bunch of scum bags he represented as a lawyer. All kinds of room to find contradictions, conflicts of interest and general sleeze.


11 posted on 06/29/2004 1:24:13 PM PDT by IamConservative (A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.)
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To: ScottFromSpokane

LOL! That's a color photo of Gephardt, isn't it?


12 posted on 06/29/2004 1:26:11 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: areafiftyone
"Edwards is the exciting one,"
"Gephardt just doesn't have the get-up-and-go that Edwards has,"
"That John Edwards is a fresh face and exciting,"
"The person I like best and I hear the most buzz about for V.P. in our area is John Edwards,"

It’s like being in the high school girl’s locker room, as the cheerleaders debate who should be voted prom king.

(sorry, I don’t have any pictures to link to this post)

13 posted on 06/29/2004 1:26:22 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Graymatter

Edwards would be the democrats' Dan Quail. Everything they accused Quail of could be thrown right back at them...especially given the stature of Cheney (who is no Lord Benson).


14 posted on 06/29/2004 1:27:17 PM PDT by Optimist (I think I'm beginning to see a pattern here.)
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To: areafiftyone

Kerry is seriously dissing Edwards by not having selected him already, especially with so many people asking for Edwards so vocally, and with no other obvious choice at hand. The protracted delay reveals Kerry as someone who can't make a decision. At this point, even if Kerry does select Edwards it will seem a reluctant choice. Gephardt showed in the primaries that he has very little ability to garner votes. OTOH, if Kerry goes around Edwards to select some lesser light from the wings of the Democratic party, it will seriously disappoint many potential voters and party donors. In short, Kerry has botched this process badly.


15 posted on 06/29/2004 1:27:20 PM PDT by dano1
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To: areafiftyone
Eight of 11 county chairmen selected at random by the Associated Press in Gephardt's home state of Missouri preferred Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. Only two chose the former House minority leader.

snicker..

16 posted on 06/29/2004 1:27:21 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Its noteworthy that the two biggest shills for the left are Michael Moore and Al Franken..)
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To: areafiftyone
"Edwards is the exciting one,"

A good reason that Kerry would prefer Gephardt.

17 posted on 06/29/2004 1:34:22 PM PDT by C210N
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To: dano1

Historically, what has been the time frame that a running mate is announced prior to the convention?


18 posted on 06/29/2004 1:38:41 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: areafiftyone

Don't write Edwards off as just an ambulance chaser. It it was easy to make a couple of hundred million as an ambulance chaser a lot more folks would do it. It takes intelligence, drive, organizational ability and (at least superficially) a winning personality. It also takes contempt for truth, justice and anything else that stands between you and a payday. Edwards doesn't wear well over time -- that's why he is not running for a second term, but he made fortune on his ability to con, err, persuade folks to believe in him in the short term. That makes him dangerous between the Democrat convention and election day.


19 posted on 06/29/2004 1:40:06 PM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Optimist
Everything they accused Quail of could be thrown right back at them...especially given the stature of Cheney (who is no Lord Benson).

I knew Lord Benson. Lord Benson was a friend of mine. And Lord Benson was no Lloyd Bentsen.

20 posted on 06/29/2004 1:49:49 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: Graymatter

Imagine the veep debate!

No not really. In my entire years of Veep debates Lloyd Besten line is the only thing I can remember. I doubt that the Cheney v whoever will be remembered by anyone either.


21 posted on 06/29/2004 1:55:25 PM PDT by THE MODERATE
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To: areafiftyone

like it matters ?!?!?!


22 posted on 06/29/2004 1:58:28 PM PDT by ChadGore (Vote Bush. He's Earned It.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Oh, no no no...well, yes.


23 posted on 06/29/2004 1:58:30 PM PDT by ScottFromSpokane (Re-elect President Bush: http://spokanegop.org/bush.html)
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To: areafiftyone

Is Edwards divorced? Are the case records sealed?


24 posted on 06/29/2004 2:11:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: dano1
In short, Kerry has botched this process badly.

Two weeks ago I posted an article from the American Spectator about how Union leaders are really upset with Kerry because Kerry promised them that Gephardt would be the VP. They were furious that he was even interviewing other candidates.

As the Prowler reported six weeks ago, the AFL-CIO has been telling supporters this Rep. Dick Gephardt was basically a lock as the vice presidential selection. Increasingly, union bosses have been hearing the Gephardt is no longer in the running.

"Gephardt better damn well be the pick," says an AFL-CIO lobbyist. "We've done too much for Kerry to get screwed this way. A governor from Iowa ain't going to cut it for our membership. It's been tough enough selling Kerry to some of our people."


American Spectator

Sounds like Kerry has painting himself between a rock and a hard place.LOL
25 posted on 06/29/2004 2:13:29 PM PDT by Republican Red (I actually did vote for the 87 BILLION... before I voted against it)
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To: areafiftyone

The veep choice is meaningless. The problem is their #1 on the ticket, not the #2.


26 posted on 06/29/2004 2:16:46 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Phantom Lord

I think he'll pick hillary.

He doesn't have any women in power in his campaign, I don't think. He's as weak on gender issues as he is on minorities. hillary would solve that problem.


27 posted on 06/29/2004 2:27:57 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: areafiftyone; Phantom Lord

Rep. Jane Harmon of CA? Ranking
Dem on the House Intel Committee,
I believe.


28 posted on 06/29/2004 2:35:19 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: speekinout

See #28


29 posted on 06/29/2004 2:37:05 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: speekinout
Gender...race...I've got it!! He'll pick Condi Rice!!

Oh. Wait. She won't do it. Hmm. But when you think about it, don't you suspect he'd like to snare a Republican? Maybe that's what the McCain courtship was all about. Kerry is dreaming of a turncoat Republican to boost his ratings. Wonder if, decades from now, we'll be reading about the Kerry overtures in Colin Powell's memoirs?

Quel dommage! Republicans are so hard to seduce!

30 posted on 06/29/2004 2:39:46 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Phantom Lord
Historically, what has been the time frame that a running mate is announced prior to the convention?

I don't really know when the typical time is, but every election is different. In this case, Kerry needs to define himself, and there are no apparent reason why this decision should be particularly difficult. We were hearing months ago that Kerry should decide soon. For example, I found the following news story from April 5, when Nancy Pelosi was saying Kerry needed to pick someone by May 1. Pelosi is certainly no pro-Bush pundant. But she was saying that if Kerry didn't pick someone, he would have to spare with Cheney in the press, which proved prophetic. (Picking th Republican McCain as his first choice, and being jilted didn't help Kerry's image either.

The following story is excerptedd from ABC News:

Pelosi: Kerry Must Tap Running Mate Soon

UPDATED - Saturday April 03, 2004 7:49pm Washington (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has some advice for presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry (website - news - bio) : Pick a running mate - sooner rather than later. The California Democrat suggested that Kerry make May 1 his deadline for deciding on a vice presidential candidate, well before the party's national convention in Boston in late July. "It's very important to have another person on the field who is part of the presidential ticket," Pelosi told a round-table meeting of reporters Friday. "I don't want to see John Kerry debating with Dick Cheney in the press, I don't want to see him debating down. I want him to be debating the president of the United States." Pelosi said she shared her views on timing last month with Jim Johnson, who is heading Kerry's vice presidential search. "I think that it would be important to have a nominee by May 1," Pelosi said. Kerry's campaign has been vague about a timetable for the decision.

31 posted on 06/29/2004 2:40:00 PM PDT by dano1
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To: areafiftyone

PICK GEPHARDT! PICK GEPHARDT! PRETTY PLEASE?


32 posted on 06/29/2004 2:42:21 PM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

If he's smart he'll pick Lieberman. Best he can do. No matter. It still isn't smart enough.


33 posted on 06/29/2004 2:42:59 PM PDT by Graymatter
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To: cardinal4

I'm from Missouri, and that's why I said in post 32:

"PICK GEPHARDT! PICK GEPHARDT! PRETTY PLEASE?"


34 posted on 06/29/2004 2:45:56 PM PDT by scott7278 ("FR will NOT be used to help replace Bush with a Democrat." -- Jim Robinson, 2/01/04)
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To: Graymatter

It'll be Al Gore.


35 posted on 06/29/2004 2:46:01 PM PDT by bayourod (Can the 9/11 Commission connect the dots on Iraq or do they require a 3-D picture?)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Chortle!!


36 posted on 06/29/2004 2:46:11 PM PDT by SAJ (Buy 2 NGG05 8.75 calls, Sell 5 NGG05 12.00 calls against, for $800 net credit OB. Mortal lock.)
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To: Phantom Lord

I hope he picks "wide-ass" landrieu from Louisiana.

She is even dizzier than he is!! and if she accidentally sat down on him, it would be like the cartoon where the fat lady lost her remote!!! lol


37 posted on 06/29/2004 2:50:14 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: Phantom Lord

hillary-lol


38 posted on 06/29/2004 3:02:28 PM PDT by y2k_free_radical (ESSE QUAM VIDERA-to be rather than to seem)
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To: ScottFromSpokane

rotflmao


39 posted on 06/29/2004 3:02:58 PM PDT by y2k_free_radical (ESSE QUAM VIDERA-to be rather than to seem)
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To: scott7278

I live in MO as well. Gephart has the support of a lot people in my town because of all the unions around here. But thats it. Im praying they pick him too!


40 posted on 06/29/2004 3:11:57 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Its noteworthy that the two biggest shills for the left are Michael Moore and Al Franken..)
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To: txrangerette

If he was going to pick a woman from the House or Senate, I believe that he'd pick someone more well-known - like Pelosi, Boxer or Feinstein.

He needs "star-power". McCain has it, and so does hillary.


41 posted on 06/29/2004 6:06:45 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: areafiftyone
You know who Kerry needs?

Zell Miller.

42 posted on 06/29/2004 6:10:05 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Graymatter
Wonder if, decades from now, we'll be reading about the Kerry overtures in Colin Powell's memoirs?

I wouldn't be surprised. Powell has a lot of what Kerry needs - race, popularity, experience, responsible judgement (which is one quality that would make him refuse).

One of the things the clintoons did to the Dem party is leave them without a solid core of experienced and able people to run in later elections. Richardson is doing ok, but most of the rest not so hot. Janet Reno? Robert Reich?

43 posted on 06/29/2004 6:14:07 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: areafiftyone

Why not? Kerry has begged McCain countless times.


44 posted on 06/29/2004 6:15:55 PM PDT by rintense (Screw justice. I want revenge.)
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To: everyone

It'll be Edwards or Bayh.


45 posted on 06/29/2004 6:16:39 PM PDT by California Patriot (California Patriot)
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To: speekinout

Hillary's negatives are sky-high,
however. Feinstein would not run,
for lots of personal reasons, I
believe. Kerry has a problem if a
celebrity-type outshines HIM too
much.


46 posted on 06/29/2004 6:19:30 PM PDT by txrangerette
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To: areafiftyone

This smells like a hit job. The press wants Edwards so they're making attacks on Gephardt. Missouri evidently has 120 counties and independent cities, so AP probably went to the Dem county chairmen in just about all of them and asked who they want the Veep pick to be. They found 11 who want Edwards (the rest were probably loyal to Gephardt), and they run a story about how even Missouri county chairmen don't want Gephardt. Sneaky rats.


47 posted on 06/29/2004 6:21:17 PM PDT by RW1974
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To: areafiftyone

Puhleeeeeeeeeeze pick Gepfart...
I can just see the presidential adds with Geppy spouting off how the President is "a miserable failure"...
then posting "W's" record:
Economy Humming - check
Afghanistan Free - check
Iraq Free, UN on board, Nato on board - check
etc etc...

I guess Geppy oughtta look in the mirror...

After all he was replaced by Nancy Pelosi!!!
Now do we want to talk about "miserable failures"?


48 posted on 06/29/2004 6:28:25 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free!)
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To: Bahbah
"Imagine the veep debate!" (Cheney vs. Edwards)


49 posted on 07/01/2004 7:55:41 PM PDT by Graymatter
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