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Sans Gore, Profiles of 2004 Democratic Presidential hopefuls
Dec. 15, 2002 | editto

Posted on 12/15/2002 3:13:54 PM PST by editto

Republican Party

President Bush makes remarks at the Business Strengthening America's 'Day of Service' at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002 in Washington. Business Strengthening America is a peer-to-peer effort to engage thousands of America's business leaders in a campaign to encourage civic engagement and service. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President George W. Bush

Age: 56
Born: New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University, 1968
Harvard University (M.B.A.), 1975
Served in Texas Air National Guard, 1968-73
Governor of Texas, 1995-2001
43rd U.S. President, 2000-present

Democratic Party

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) appears at the  City Club of Cleveland, December 3, 2002. Kerry outlined his economic plans, proposing a 'tax holiday' for workers and rewards for businesses that create jobs and reinvest profits.  (Ron Kuntz/Reuters)

Senator John F. Kerry (D-Mass.)

Age: 59
Born: Denver, Colorado
Yale University, 1966
Boston College Law School, 1976
Served in U.S. Navy: 1966-69
District Attorney of Middlesex Cty., MA, 1977-82
Lt. Gov. of Massachussetts, 1982-84
U.S. Senator (MA), 1985-present


U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) speaks to reporters about Homeland Security Bill that is before Congress in the Capitol in Washington, November 19, 2002. On a largely party-line vote of 52-47, the Senate defeated the Democratic amendment to strip out what critics said were special-interest provisions slipped into the bill to benefit Republican allies. (William Philpott/Reuters)

Senator Tom Daschle (D-SC)

Age: 55
Born: Aberdeen, South Dakota
South Dakota State Univ., 1969
Served in U.S. Air Force, 1969-72
U.S. Representative (SD), 1979-1987
U.S. Senator (SD), 1987-present
U.S. Senate minority leader, 1995-2001
U.S. Senate majority leader, 2001-2002
U.S. Senate minority leader, 2002-present


Senator John Edwards (D-NC)

Age: 49
Born: Seneca, South Carolina
North Carolina State Univ., 1974
University of North Carolina, 1977
U.S.Senator (NC), 1999-present


Al Sharpton

Age: 58
Born: Brooklyn, New York, NY
Founder, leader of National Youth Movement, 1971-1988
Founder, leader of National Action Network, 1991-present



Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., is interviewed on Fox News Sunday in Washington Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.  He spoke about the difficult economic situation and the recent resignation of President Bush's economic advisors. (AP Photo/Fox News Sunday, Freddie Lee)

Senator Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.)

Age: 60
Born: Stamford, Connecticut
Yale College, 1964
Yale Law School, 1967
Connecticut state Senator, 1971-1981
Conn. Senate majority leader, 1975-1981
Attorney General of Conn., 1983
U.S. Senator (CT), 1989-present


Representative Richard Gephardt (D-MO)

Age: 61
Born: St. Louis, Missouri
Northwestern Univ., 1962
University of Michigan Law School, 1965
St. Louis city government, 1968-1976
U.S. Representative (MO), 1977-present
U.S. House majority leader, 1989-1995
U.S. House minority leader, 1995-2002


Governor Howard Dean (D-VT)

Age: 54
Born: New York, NY
Yale University, 1971
Albert Einstein College of Medicine (M.D.), 1978
Vermont state Representative, 1982-86
Lt. Gov. of Vermont, 1987-1991
Governor of Vermont, 1991-2003


Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)

Age: 55
Born: Chicago, Illinois
Wellesley College, 1969
Yale Law School, 1973
Counsel for impeachment inquiry staff, House Judiciary Committee, 1974
U.S. Senator (NY), 2001-present

TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; electionpresident; georgewbush; hillaryclinton; howarddean; joelieberman; johnedwards; johnfkerry; richardgephardt; tomdaschle

1 posted on 12/15/2002 3:13:54 PM PST by editto
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2 posted on 12/15/2002 3:16:42 PM PST by Fish out of Water
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To: editto
Boy YALE seems to turn up a lot. Great school for DEMOS to learn about the oppressed eh?BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
3 posted on 12/15/2002 3:32:34 PM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: editto
John Kerry
Served in armed forces
Few personal known negatives offhand.

Massachusetts Liberal
Senators don't become presidents
EXTREMELY Weak on Communists in 80's.
Hardline pro-abort, 100% anti-gun Wildcard - Irish Catholic

My guess - Strong candidate on paper with military background, but doesn't have IT.

Joe Lieberman
Nice guy image
Dem senate leader(could be viewed as negative too)
Viewed as Strong(at least talks) on moral issues
Maverick image

Maverick image
more liberal than image he has
pro-abort and anti-gun, regardless of what he says
Senators don't become president. Wildcard - Jewish, will it help or hurt him?

My guess - He'll lose bad in the primary. Liberals don't like him much.

Tom Daschale

Leadership position
From a conservative state

Senators don't become president
Abrasaive in the extreme
Not well known.

My guess - He's done in the primary

Dick Gephart
Comes from Swing State that almost always decides presidency

Morphed from Blue Dog dem to major left winger
How many times has he ran for president?

My guess - Loses in primary. Al Sharpton - JOKE

John Edwards
From South where last two dems won
"Clinton without some of the baggage"

Ran as mod/conservative and turned left
Trial Lawyer
Senators don't become presidents

My guess - He could win it all.

Howard Dean
Moderately Pro-gun(States should decide gun laws, and Vermont's gun laws are good)
Outsider of Washington

Gay Marriage bill.
My guess - One to watch. If Bush isn't pro-gun enough, Dean could win, especially with a shaky economy.

4 posted on 12/15/2002 3:35:37 PM PST by Dan from Michigan
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5 posted on 12/15/2002 3:37:29 PM PST by Fish out of Water
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To: Dan from Michigan
Joe Lieberman

Dumb as a rock, it turns out - unqualified due to lack of knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.....thought, until corrected today, that Trent Lott was third in succession to the office of President.

6 posted on 12/15/2002 3:39:53 PM PST by ErnBatavia
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To: Dan from Michigan
It doesn't matter who they run...they all have the same stale message and will not win. It is the WITCH Hillary that bothers me the most, however, since her first two reigns of terror created so much hatred and divisiveness in this country. If "SHE" were to hoist her pennant and start making noises soon enough, the 51 million GORE VOTERS will rise up from the dead and start supporting her...every single one of those SoreLosermen is a Hitliary voter....scary isn't it???


7 posted on 12/15/2002 3:42:48 PM PST by GRRRRR
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To: Dan from Michigan
Dave Barry explained a long time ago that Gephardt doesn't have a chance of becoming President--the American people will never elect someone with no eyebrows.
8 posted on 12/15/2002 4:11:08 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: ErnBatavia
Joe Lieberman "Dumb as a rock"

....and he whines and whines and whines. How long could the country suffer the sound of his voice?

9 posted on 12/15/2002 4:13:05 PM PST by FryingPan101
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Not to mention, she still has all her FBI files to use to her advantage.
10 posted on 12/15/2002 4:20:53 PM PST by tinamina
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To: Dan from Michigan
And none of these people have had "real" jobs - all on the government dole. Except maybe Edwards, and he steals money from big business for ludicrous law suits so that our costs for those goods and services go up.

What a disgraceful group of parasites!

Am I venting yet?

11 posted on 12/15/2002 5:14:41 PM PST by gramho12
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To: Dan from Michigan
From a liberal point of view (it's an out-of-body thing):

Kerry: liberals like him, passes for extreme hawk (ha!) because served in military but was also a Vietnam protester. Seen as credible challenger to Bush. Boston Globe has taken to calling him John F. Kerry (his middle initial IS F, but wasn't used in the media much until now) to invoke the Kennedy mystique. Good odds of being the nominee. Elitist.

Edwards: D's like him at first, but not after meeting him. Time after time, he meets D activists who are eager for this fresh-faced Bubba Jr. and they go away disappointed. Seen as having no substance. Questions about his popularity in NC, but overall being Southern is a big plus. Can appeal to liberals and moderates.

Dean: hasn't made much headway, even with lots of favorable press. I think a lot of people say Governor of Vermont is like . . . nothing.

Lieberman: Will appeal to the center AND some Gore supporters -- main competitor is Edwards.

Daschle: seen as the national leader of the D's, but has never really developed a strong personal following. Seen as soothing while also the major Bush attacker, always a big plus.

Gephardt: Labor. Blue collar appeal.

My take is that Kerry, Lieberman, and Gephardt will be the big boys in the nomination fight.

12 posted on 12/15/2002 5:39:46 PM PST by JohnnyZ
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