Skip to comments.ABC News: Kerry May Have Already Picked Gephardt
Posted on 07/04/2004 7:48:33 AM PDT by Bonaventure
Over the last few weeks, Sen. Kerry has had many more face-to-face meetings with potential picks than the press has reported.
One such meeting, several well-informed sources say, took place last Thursday night.
Kerry was in his home in Georgetown, and at around 10:30 pm, the last reporter staking him out -- someone from ABC News -- appeared to leave for the night.
Our sources say that Kerry and his Secret Service agents then went the very short distance to the nearby home of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Albright is a supporter of Kerry and has her office now in the same office building in Washington as the Kerry campaign.
At Albright's house late Thursday night, Kerry had a meeting with just a small group of people -- one of whom, our sources say, seemed to be the person Kerry at that moment planned to pick as his running mate.
Although Kerry said as recently as yesterday that he has not made a decision, our sources believe that this meeting might have served as the final face-to-face session the future running mates will have before announcement day, which could be as soon as this Tuesday.
Of the three potential picks whose advisers have confirmed have handed over reams of background information and believe themselves to be still in the running, there's only one we think was in DC that night -- Dick Gephardt. Tom Vilsack's staff says he was in Iowa and John Edwards, like many great Americans, was at Disney World with his family.
Other options -- Senator Joseph Biden, former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen, well, we are still checking to pin down where they were on Thursday night.
Of course, Senator Kerry could have changed whatever decision he might have made since last Thursday, and it is possible he has sent mixed signals (purposefully or not) to his advisers.
The Kerry campaign had no comment on this.
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Kerry could have changed whatever decision he might have made five seconds ago.
This subterfuge is silly. It will be Edwards.
Dull and Duller
I'm with you
For the record, I, too, think it'll be Edwards.
I think so. Maybe as a trial balloon. I still think its going to be Hitlery Clinton.
Edwards has too much personality, but he has too little experience (1 Senate term) and appeared to be non-re-electable to the Senate from his own state. That isn't too good of a resume.
Gephardt brings most of the labor union vote and more midwestern-ism to counter Kerry's northeast elite-ism.
I don't see Gephardt helping Kerry with the southern vote.
I don't see Hillary. That indicates that (1) either Hillary has no plan to run until possibly 2012 (doubtful; too much lipo and facelifting); or (2) the Clintons consider the Kerry campaign a dead horse, giving Hillary a clear shot for 2008.
Oh, please, please, please, please, please let it be Gephardt. Lurch and Howdy Doody - what fun we would have.
Picking Gephardt would at least keep him breathing until 2008.
So he picked him before he picked him. But if he ends up going with Edwards, then he will have picked him before he didn't pick him.
Gephardt would certainly maintain the dem VP gravitas and stature standards set by PanderAl Gore.
I've thought that for months. I'd be most surprised if it were someone else.
An all out assault on the boring vote for sure.
Smart, if it's true.
If he pics Gephardt I am convinced he is a plant and I will start believing in conspiracy theories.... did you all know Kennedy is still alive?
Bingo. We have a winner.
If it's not already dead they'll administer the final bullets.
Any lamesteam masturbation over Gephardt, Edwards, or the like is just setup and initialization for the so-called VP "surprise", alluded to last week. Makes it that much more
of a "surprise". Why would there even be mention of a "surprise", unless that option was the most likely and serious one. If it were not so, and one of the named candidates were chosen, it would make the mention of a surprise, in hindsight, appear silly.
Gephardt is the safer choice. And whatever his shortcomings, at least he's an adult, unlike the Clinton-Gore manchild duo.
Edwards would help close the "charisma gap", though.
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