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Erskine Bowles (D-NC) to run for U.S. Senate
Charlotte Observer ^ | Wed, Sep. 24, 2003 | Charlotte Observer

Posted on 09/24/2003 9:22:47 AM PDT by jern

Bowles to run for U.S. Senate To enter race to fill Edwards' seat

Charlotte investment banker Erskine Bowles plans to announce his entry into the U.S. Senate race Thursday, The Observer has learned.

Bowles, a former White House Chief of Staff, is poised to join the race for the seat now held by fellow Democrat John Edwards.

Edwards said this month he would not seek re-election and concentrate instead on his run for the presidency.

Bowles ran in 2002 but lost to Republican Elizabeth Dole.

It's unclear whether he'll have a primary challenge.

Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Burr of Winston-Salem is the presumed GOP nominee.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2004; erskinebowles; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; richardburr

1 posted on 09/24/2003 9:22:48 AM PDT by jern
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To: jern
Guess Bowles wants to get beat a second time?
2 posted on 09/24/2003 9:23:18 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (Alpha Omnicron Pi Mom too! -- Visit http://www.georgewbush.com!)
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To: jern
Klintoon's track record with candidates is awful. Looks like a nice pick up for the pubbies in NC.
3 posted on 09/24/2003 9:24:35 AM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; ...

Irksome Bowels ping!
Please FRmail me if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.

4 posted on 09/24/2003 9:29:12 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: jern
Wonder how many FReepers will get banned this time. :-)
5 posted on 09/24/2003 9:29:39 AM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: jern
Does Bowles want to to a Harvey Gantt? A repeat loss? :D
6 posted on 09/24/2003 9:30:30 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan (There are two things in the middle of the road. Roadkill, and a yellow stripe.)
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To: jern
The US Senate is constipated, but that does not mean it needs Irksome Bowels.

So9

7 posted on 09/24/2003 9:33:03 AM PDT by Servant of the 9 (The Alpha and the Numeric)
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To: PhiKapMom
Elizabeth Dole is expected to announce next week that she will also run for John Edwards' seat.
8 posted on 09/24/2003 9:34:18 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: jern
Doesn't matter either way, because the Democrats run the Senate, and will continue to run the Senate after the next election, no matter the outcome.
9 posted on 09/24/2003 9:34:53 AM PDT by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: jmc813
LOL!!!!!!
11 posted on 09/24/2003 9:36:34 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Guillermo
"Democrats run the Senate"

That is until the Republican leadership grows a spine and adds a set of nads.
12 posted on 09/24/2003 9:38:03 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Constitution Day
Erskine bowels ties our bowels in knots, not his own. Being Irksome seems to agree with him. Our survival probably does depend on stocking in a good supply of Imodium.
13 posted on 09/24/2003 9:43:54 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Where will refugees find sanctuary, when the one world government dream, turns nightmare?)
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To: Constitution Day
Man. Just when things were getting regular.
14 posted on 09/24/2003 9:44:43 AM PDT by gitmo (Zero Tolerance = Intolerance)
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To: jern
ANOTHER KLINTONIAN LOSER...CLINTON'S FLUNKIES SHOULD GET A LIFE...
15 posted on 09/24/2003 9:45:40 AM PDT by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: Coop
Ah, and if she wins, she will become the undisputed Senator from NC-kind of like when one guy holds all the heavy weight belts in boxing.

One for the price of two, now that's a bargain.
16 posted on 09/24/2003 9:49:36 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Where will refugees find sanctuary, when the one world government dream, turns nightmare?)
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To: William Creel
Oh yeah, like what?
17 posted on 09/24/2003 9:51:40 AM PDT by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: jern
Another clinton suck-up. Just what North Carolina needs!
18 posted on 09/24/2003 9:51:46 AM PDT by Gritty
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To: jmc813; Jim Robinson
Its time to give Darth Sidious another chance to voice his opinion about voting against Bowles.
19 posted on 09/24/2003 9:52:17 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
Bump to that.
20 posted on 09/24/2003 9:53:17 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Rebelbase
That is until the Republican leadership grows a spine and adds a set of nads.

And that would solve the filibuster problem how? (he asks, knowing full well the answer)

21 posted on 09/24/2003 9:56:10 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Rebelbase
For the record, I was joking, and I refuse to get involved in that debacle.
22 posted on 09/24/2003 9:59:58 AM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: Coop
The Republicans could have gone 24/7 with the filabuser and Estrada left because his president didn't support him to the extent he should have. Its as much a disgrace to the Republicans that it happened as it is to the Dems that they did it.....And they were the ones being proactive.
23 posted on 09/24/2003 10:04:54 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
And in conducting a 24/7 filibuster all the Pubbies would have to be on the floor, while only 2-3 Democrats needed to be there. Nothing would be done, the older GOP senators would collapse from exhaustion, and the media and many here would blame everything on the GOP.

And Estrada would still be filibustered. I detect a flaw in that plan.

25 posted on 09/24/2003 10:21:38 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: F.J. Mitchell; Coop; azhenfud
Ah, and if she wins, she will become the undisputed Senator from NC

Don't say things like that. We need someone up there to stop her liberalism. Leave Giddy alone and we'd be belted into our recliners at home being fed the soy products that would replace the tobacco industry here in NC

27 posted on 09/24/2003 10:24:31 AM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Coop
Well, I guess the G.O.P. should issue this to all its supporters then, because the Dem's are gonna do it to us again:


28 posted on 09/24/2003 10:29:24 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: jern
A little over a year from now, Bowels will be known as another Dem 2 time loser.

He will have the distinction of having been beat once by a girl. (not that there's anything wrong with that)

29 posted on 09/24/2003 10:29:34 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: billbears
"Don't say things like that."

Biting my tongue, bleeding on keyboard, as I type this.
30 posted on 09/24/2003 10:30:29 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Where will refugees find sanctuary, when the one world government dream, turns nightmare?)
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To: Rebelbase
because the Dem's are gonna do it to us again:

Do what? I thought everything was the GOP's fault.

31 posted on 09/24/2003 10:35:08 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: William Creel
I'll be working for Mac Collins.

But Brand New Jr. Senators wield little power (unless they're Democrat and "from" NY").
32 posted on 09/24/2003 10:41:46 AM PDT by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: Coop
You're right, it is the GOP.
33 posted on 09/24/2003 10:44:23 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase
And Clinton not being removed from office was the GOP's fault.

And Lautenburg being allowed to violate NJ election law was the GOP's fault.

And Gore's success with the Florida Supreme Court was the GOP's fault.

And me being a few (okay, nearly ten) pounds overweight is the GOP's fault.

34 posted on 09/24/2003 10:52:02 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: Rebelbase
You are being a bit sarcastic, there is no way the GOP is responsible for your weight gain.
35 posted on 09/24/2003 10:56:34 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Coop
Well stated....you're correct..my further sense is that the GOP feels it will pick up a few seats this cycle...then, if the dems continue to obstruct..tthe GOP leadership will change the rules by a simple majority..the sao-called nuclear option..it'll play better with the public..
36 posted on 09/24/2003 11:00:38 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: Guillermo
Doesn't matter either way, because the Democrats run the Senate, and will continue to run the Senate

Richard Burr would be a HUGH addition for conservatives in the Senate.

37 posted on 09/24/2003 11:02:34 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Robot robot robot)
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To: JohnnyZ
You're right JohnnyZ. Burr is my congressman here in Winston-Salem. His voting record is strongly conservative. There's no RINO in this one!
38 posted on 09/24/2003 11:06:36 AM PDT by HanneyBean
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To: Rebelbase
You are being a bit sarcastic, there is no way the GOP is responsible for your weight gain.

Of course they are. They could have stopped me from drinking too many sodas, or come and removed the Breyers Butter Almond from my freezer, or rousted me out of bed at 0530 to go for a run. But they did NOTHING!!! Curses on them!

39 posted on 09/24/2003 11:09:32 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: jern
What, again?
40 posted on 09/24/2003 11:11:22 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Nathaniel Fischer
Georgian's won't elect someone who has no political experience.

Remember Guy Millner?
42 posted on 09/24/2003 11:32:33 AM PDT by Guillermo ( Proud Infidel)
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To: Rebelbase
No one's stopping him. But hope he doesn't come out supporting Bowles again.
43 posted on 09/24/2003 11:44:50 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Conservative by nature... Republican by spirit... Patriot by heart... AND... ANTI-Liberal by GOD!)
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To: jern
In case folks missed earlier threads on the 2004 Senate race in North Carolina, let me qoute from a Chatlotte Observer article of about two weeks ago:

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"We don't feel intimidated at all by Richard Burr," said Brad Woodhouse, press secretary for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and a former Bowles aide. "They've cleared the field for a guy who was selling toasters before he went into Congress and is virtually unknown outside his district. That's a big risk for a U.S. Senate seat." Burr, first elected in 1994, was marketing director for a wholesale business that dealt in appliances before he began his political career.

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This comment about having to work for a living is from a guy whose candidate is running on his wife's fortune. I hope people here in North Carolina, especially, remember that. Assuming Bowles is the Democratic nominee, the "Party of the People" will run, for their third consecutive Senate race in NC, an extremely wealthy candidate who will largely self-finance his race.

This is not, of course, to say that Erskine Bowles hasn't interacted with "common folks." Indeed he has, largely in the form of caddies and waiters he dealt with at each of several country clubs up and down the east coast he was a member of before joining the Clinton administration. (Of course, he dropped out of most of them when he was shocked -- shocked -- to discover that they didn't have minority members.)

There's nothing wrong with being rich, nor even with marrying into money as so many prominent Dems seem to do. But snide comments from representatives of the leisure class about "selling toasters" is repugnant.

We'll see who is "toast" in about 13½ months.

44 posted on 09/24/2003 12:43:54 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Yes, but other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?")
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Erskine has money of his own. My husband says he is a third baser. He was born on third base and all his life he thought he hit a triple.
45 posted on 09/24/2003 4:56:19 PM PDT by goosie
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To: jern
He's listed among these:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/723210/posts
various links | 7-27-02 | The Heavy Equipment Guy

46 posted on 09/24/2003 5:02:32 PM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trackball into the Sunset...)
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