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.
What, exactly, does Madame Notalbright do in her office in Georgetown ?
That would make it the perfect "Sticks and Stones" ticket. Could there be 2 more boring guys?
Our Dick is better than their Dick.
I doubt it will be Gephardt. Gephardt is a tired face in the Democratic Party who brings nothing to the ticket. His lackluster presidential campaign last year generated no excitement at all. About the only thing he could do for Kerry is keep Missouri in play and that's not much. Gephardt is a throwback and would do for Kerry what Jack Kemp did for Bob Dole - absolutely nothing.
As for Hillary, are you kidding? That would be a gift from God because Hillary would make Kerry toxic and unelectable in at least 40 states. We'd be talking margins (for Bush) of 50+ points in many Southern and Western states. A Kerry/Hillary ticket would result in a Bush landslide of epic proportions. That is why it would never happen in real life (though I do daydream about the possibility).
She probably does NOT look in the mirror. If she did she would have suicided out long ago.
VP Debate: The Battle of the Dicks.
Amendment XIV Section 3...No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer to any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. The Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
The then powers that be let Jane Fonda get away with giving aid and comfort to the enemy - are we to do it again? NO Send Amendment XIV - Section 3. to all you know especially your Congressmen. Do this for America and our Constitution. John F. Kerry is not fit to lead this country, perhaps Hanoi, but not AMERICA!
Put heat on Congress to obey the Constitution - remove Kerry from the campaign for presidency! Kerry was then and is now in direct violation of the United States Constitution, an instrument Democrats ignore 95% of the time. We are Americans - be an American and let your elected hear from you tomorrow! The 14th Amendment was written for men/women just like Kerry and Jane Fonda. The enemy within is running an illegal campaign.
does it matter?
Gephardt is much better than Algore, but he look like a nazi
Edwards is cuter but if anything happened to Kerry as president could you picture Edwards being the guy in charge..?
Kerry's been polling daily, plus begging Clintons and flunkies for advice and counsel. So far, nobody's managed to give him the best advice which is to stop the incessant lies and 'nuances'. The long delay in choosing a vp is a ploy to hype interest in his flagging campaign. When they lose, as they will, Kerry will blame the vp candidate. TerAYsa will foam at the mouth and threaten to move out of the country. We should volunteer to help her pack.
Methinks so. My money's on Edwards.
I'm sensing a swerve. Could be none of the above. Maybe they're throwing out a couple of leads to get the media going then pull a fast one to get everyone talking when Kerry picks someone no one has really talked about yet. If I had to guess, I'd say Vilsack.
Bring Him On!
Ghepardt helps with missouri and Iowa, Edwards helps with nothing.
In yet another moment of indecision, John Kerry announced that he has chosen Dick Gephardt AND John Edwards AND Joseph Biden as his running mate.
VIlsack...is not a positive name....Looks too much like ILL Sack/barf bag.....Does not bring up a positive image.
Madge runs the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Misdirection, I'd say. He swings through Iowa (Vilsak)....will be in Boston on the 5th (Edwards), and plans to be in New York on the 6th (Hillary).
Kerry has certainly shown himself to be vacillating and indecisive in this process. Edwards vs. Gephardt vs. Vilsack is a pretty "ho hum" decision. (My guess is that Hillary doesn't really want the job and would rather run in 2008.) Also, Kerry's interest in McCain as VP should never have become public knowledge.
Could very well be. I don't think kerry's natural disdain for common people would let him partner with a pretty southern boy. Even though is edwards is liberal enough, slimey enough, and wealthy enough to be a democrat politician, he did, after all have to earn his money rather than marry it. Then too, he just might embarass the proper ruling class by having had some past positive experience with grits.
I'm sure her staff made sure she had a big picture window so she can occupy herself all day counting license plates.
Admin: Shouldn't this go in Breaking News. The more I think about it, the more legit and unassailable it seems. ABC's "The Note" crew is composed of typical media elite eleftist types that are plugged-in to the Kerry campaign. I believe this will prove out to have been the breaking story on the VP pick (and oh, my, what a stinker of a pick it is...)
IMO, Kerrys best pick would be Lieberman. That would provide a "balance" of a Liberal and a Moderate.
However, I think he will pick Dip Gekhart in the mistaken belief that this would gain him Missouri. Dip has no great popularity here (statewide) - only in St. Louis area. I strongly doubt MO electoral votes would go to a Kerry/Gekhart ticket.
Asking the Clintons for advice on how not to incessantly lie, isn't that a little like getting diet advice from Michael Moore?
Gee, al Querry might pick Mad Halfbright as his Veep.
That would be a wonder combo!
Gee, al Querry might pick Mad Halfbright as his Veep.
That would be a wonder combo!