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  • Adored in small towns, Bill Clinton stumps for his wife

    05/02/2008 12:56:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 174+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/2/8 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
    Apex, N.C. (AP) -- People who suggest Bill Clinton might be hurting his wife's presidential bid more than helping it haven't spent much time in the small towns where he draws adoring crowds of Democrats who wish he could serve a third term. While the former president has angered some blacks with his comments about race, many voters in North Carolina, Indiana and elsewhere express deep affection for him, the last Democrat to occupy the White House in nearly three decades. They often cite him as the main reason for supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton over Barack Obama. Surely in the...
  • Who’s Bitter Now? (Social Issues are the Opiate of the Elites not Small Town America)

    04/17/2008 7:22:42 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 229+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 April 2007 | LARRY M. BARTELS
    Last week in Terre Haute, Ind., Mr. Obama explained that the people he had in mind “don’t vote on economic issues, because they don’t expect anybody’s going to help them.” He added: “So people end up, you know, voting on issues like guns, and are they going to have the right to bear arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. And they take refuge in their faith and their community and their families and things they can count on. But they don’t believe they can count on Washington.” This is a remarkably detailed and vivid account of the political...
  • Obama Shoots Himself in the Foot...Again

    04/16/2008 10:12:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 61+ views
    HaveGunWillVote.com ^ | 04.14.08 | Staff Editorial
    Well, he's done it again. Barak Obama has inadvertently parted the curtain and allowed us to have a peek behind his carefully crafted stage persona. Yet he even outdid himself this time, when he showed his disdain for people of faith as well as gun owners, deriding both groups as "bitter" while clearly characterizing them as weak and misguided. Starting in the 1960's the Democratic party abandoned its roots as "the party of the working man." It is now run by arrogant elitists like Michel Moore who see people who actually go to church as rubes, and gun owners as...
  • Barack Obama to Rural Voters: I Can’t Believe in You

    04/15/2008 12:09:05 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 30 replies · 429+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 15, 2008 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned by Democrats from this week’s “bitter” brouhaha is that when you get advice about how to hook rural, white, blue-collar voters from a guy named Mudcat, you’d best listen. Dave “Mudcat” Saunders—Democratic strategist, bluegrass enthusiast, and general pied piper of the “Bubba vote,” as he calls it—had a little-noticed fight with liberal bloggers back in June 2007 that perfectly presaged this week’s controversy. “I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the ‘Metropolitan Opera Wing.’...
  • People who cling to guns vote, too

    04/15/2008 5:42:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 132+ views
    People who cling to guns vote, too By: Roger Simon April 15, 2008 06:57 PM EST Barack Obama thought he was among friends. That was his problem. He is an urban sophisticate, and he was talking to other urban sophisticates. He was in San Francisco last week explaining at a closed-door fundraiser how the rubes of small-town America often do foolish, misguided things when the economy turns bad. “It’s not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigration sentiment or anti-trade sentiment,” the golden-tongued orator from Illinois...
  • Hicks nix clique's shticks

    04/12/2008 8:29:57 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 37 replies · 46+ views
    The Corner at National Review ^ | April 12, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    I'm about done with Obama over this mill-closures-drive-small-town-losers-to-guns-and-God business. If you're running as a glamorous blank slate on which people project their own utopian fantasies, you've got to be very careful not to give the game away - especially when the game turns out to be the usual cliched elite disdain for the great unwashed. I mention in the current issue of NR how odd it is that Michelle Obama is in many ways more condescending on the stump than Teresa Heinz Kerry. Now her husband's at it, too. As Ed Driscoll says: Leave it to Obama to make John...
  • Rural voters feel alienated by GOP

    06/10/2007 9:58:25 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 32 replies · 1,208+ views
    The State.com ^ | June 11, 2007 | WAYNE WASHINGTON
    Poll shows Republicans need to work hard to bring longtime constituents back to the fold Republicans have lost significant support among rural voters over the past three years. But the GOP still plows a fertile field in its efforts to regain rural support. That’s the central conclusion of a national poll of rural voters conducted by the Center for Rural Strategies and scheduled for release today. “There is no realignment of rural voters,” said Bill Greener, a communications specialist whose GOP media firm, Greener and Hook, paired with the Democratic research firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to conduct the survey....
  • Perry's road revolution could take electoral toll

    08/20/2006 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 118 replies · 1,175+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 20, 2006 | Ben Wear
    Governor emphasis on tollways, private road-builders has generated urban and rural unrest Rick Perry's political problem with transportation, to the extent that he has one, may be that he's trying to douse a fire in 2006 that won't ignite for another 10 to 20 years. His critics say, no, the problem is that Perry wants to charge us for the water. What isn't in dispute is that the Republican governor and his appointees over the past six years have turned Texas transportation on its head, moving the state from financing public roads solely with taxes to a system that would...
  • Clinton Speaks of Ways to Revitalize Rural America

    08/01/2006 12:47:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 1, 2006 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    CAMBRIA, N.Y., July 31 — Reaching out to rural voters in New York and elsewhere in the nation, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Monday for increasing federal support for struggling farm communities to revitalize rural America. In a speech delivered on a 152-year-old family farm, Mrs. Clinton called for major federal investments to expand broadband Internet access in rural communities, promote the development of alternative fuel sources like corn-based ethanol and encourage medical school graduates to practice in agricultural areas. “We can build a new rural future,’’ Mrs. Clinton said, after listing economic problems that she said have led...
  • THE GREAT DIVIDE [puritan v agrarian republicans]

    05/26/2006 9:26:32 AM PDT · by tpaine · 24 replies · 381+ views
    Bernard Levine Website ^ | Bernard Devine
    THE GREAT DIVIDE Ever since its first European settlements, in the early 1600s, America developed as two completely different republics. We have been politically divided ever since, and will always remain so. This is because our two founding republican traditions are both opposite and irreconcilable. On one side of the divide were the agrarian republicans like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, with their foundation stones of equal creation, personal freedom, and the inalienable rights of every citizen. Theirs was a republic of innate virtue, where crime and vice were nothing...
  • The one thing Dems can't fake with the voters

    08/13/2005 4:32:34 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 32 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Pahrump Valley Times ^ | August 12, 2005 | John Brummett
    The only Democrat to unseat a Republican member of the U.S. Senate in the last two cycles - Mark Pryor of Arkansas - told a gathering of frustrated centrist Democrats a couple of years ago that one of his out-of-state consultants did some research and concluded that Pryor ought to talk about his religious faith in every speech. Pryor said he was wholly comfortable doing that, and pretty much did so. He also ran a television commercial showing his family with bowed heads around the dinner table. He earned 54 percent of the vote while Democrats were getting their clocks...
  • Gun ownership becomes issue for Democrats

    06/24/2005 4:16:43 PM PDT · by jeepgal · 40 replies · 918+ views
    BAKER CITY (AP) — A group of rural Democrats is hoping state Democrats will agree to add more explicit support of the right to bear arms to the official party platform. The gun control issue costs them dearly at election time in parts of Eastern Oregon, Baker County Democrats said. The county party has drafted a resolution that it hopes will be taken up at the state party platform committee when it meets this weekend in West Linn. The resolution states, in part, “The Democratic Party of Oregon resolves as follows: To recognize and support the right to keep and...
  • Hunting Bubba (Dems hunt for rural voters)

    06/11/2005 4:49:13 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 18 replies · 957+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 06/20//05 | Matt Labash
    Can political consultants Dave "Mudcat" Saunders and Steve Jarding win rural voters back to the Democratic party? Roanoke, Virginia "YOU'RE SLOWER than cream rising on s--. Haul ass down here so we can get this piece knocked out, Brotha!" As I barrel down I-81 in Virginia's Blue Ridge country, Dave "Mudcat" Saunders is growling on the other end of the line. He first entered my consciousness in the summer of 2003, like some force of nature sent my way by the Color Gods of Feature Writing.Back then, I was one of a group of short-straw reporters assigned to cover Bob...
  • Toeing the Borderline

    05/15/2005 8:07:17 AM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 11 replies · 358+ views
    CQ ^ | 5-13-05 | Craig Crawford
    Toeing the Borderline By Craig Crawford, CQ Columnist Immigration is the next big thing in political hot buttons, but who wins and who loses? Both parties are divided within their own ranks on how to position themselves for maximum advantage on an issue that is rising quickly toward the social and political surface. Both sides agree it could be a deciding factor in many races in next year’s midterm election.
  • Toeing the Borderline

    05/14/2005 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Conservative Firster · 37 replies · 921+ views
    CQ WEEKLY ^ | May 16, 2005 | By Craig Crawford
    Immigration is the next big thing in political hot buttons, but who wins and who loses? Both parties are divided within their own ranks on how to position themselves for maximum advantage on an issue that is rising quickly toward the social and political surface. Both sides agree it could be a deciding factor in many races in next year’s midterm election. “It is the strongest issue out there for the blue-collar white males,” says Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a Virginia-based Democratic consultant who is co-author of an upcoming book, “Foxes in the Henhouse,” which will suggest ways his party can...
  • Reid: Democrats failed to take message to rural America, Nevada

    02/23/2005 6:28:48 PM PST · by NCjim · 67 replies · 1,038+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2005 | SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) - Sen. John Kerry lost the presidential election partly because Democrats "neglected rural America," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday. "I think around the country people just thought they could win in the cities," the Nevada Democrat told The Associated Press. Reid said he expects new Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to help reverse that trend, especially in the South and West, and he predicted Democrats will close the gap Republicans hold in the Senate in the off-year elections. "We are going to pick up Senate seats in 2006, it's only a question of how many,"...
  • Dean, Other DNC Chair Candidates Campaign for South's Endorsement

    01/08/2005 4:03:15 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 732+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2005 | Harry R. Weber
    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Seven candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee promised Saturday to address the concerns of Southern voters, saying they had learned the lessons of the past two elections. "You want to know my Southern strategy, show up," said Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who dropped out of the presidential race during last year's Democratic primaries. Dean and the other candidates seeking to replace Terry McAuliffe as the face of the Democratic Party spoke before a Southern audience at the first of several regional caucuses to give Democratic Party officials a chance to hear...
  • Downstate voters put moral decline first [ 'Aw, shucks' voters in IL voted Bush]

    12/20/2004 4:10:18 AM PST · by johnny7 · 14 replies · 668+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2004 | By JAN DENNIS
    Some say Bush's showing signals a right turn in southern IllinoisDECATUR - Retired factory worker Jake Durbin worries that America's values are slipping away faster than the thousands of manufacturing jobs that have vanished from this one-time blue-collar stronghold. "Even the commercials are X-rated. It's ridiculous. People are just tired of it," says the 74-year-old from Decatur.That's why he sided with Republicans on abortion and other moral issues, helping President Bush coast to a nine-point win over John Kerry in historically Democratic Macon County. The central Illinois county voted against Bush four years ago and lost more than 3,700 manufacturing...
  • Dems need rural whites

    12/05/2004 1:32:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 869+ views
    As the new year approaches, major questions loom for Georgia's two dominant political parties. Both have little time — and control of state government at stake. For Republicans, it's how to govern. Glenn Richardson (R-Dallas), who will be speaker of the Georgia House next year, has begun to lay the groundwork. Fewer bills will pass and the ones that do will be judged on four points, he said. Among them: Whether they reduce the size of government, strengthen the traditional family, lower the tax burden or increase personal responsibility. "Unless proposed legislation answers yes to one of these questions, it...
  • How Bush Camp Won Ohio

    11/19/2004 6:25:33 AM PST · by harpu · 42 replies · 2,798+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/04 | JEANNE CUMMINGS
    A close analysis of Ohio, which turned out to be the key swing state in the presidential election, shows that President Bush won thanks to a pitch on morals that went beyond evangelicals to Roman Catholics, a strong effort to turn out rural voters and a last-minute tax break for farmers, small businesses and families.
  • Florida: Rural vote gave state to Bush

    11/15/2004 2:54:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies · 4,348+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | November 14, 2004 | ADAM C. SMITH
    A lot of Florida Democrats scoffed when President Bush flew into the little Democratic stronghold of Gainesville two days before Election Day. And as Democrats chuckled dismissively, some 17,000 people from nearby rural counties such as Gilchrist, Lafayette and Dixie drove in to cheer the first sitting president since Grover Cleveland to visit their area. Then those bucolic, often overlooked counties produced some of the most dramatic Bush victory margins in the state. Now many Democrats are rethinking long-held assumptions about how they can win Florida. The emerging post-election gospel: It's past time for Democrats to start fighting hard for...
  • Small Massachusetts Town Split by Election

    11/14/2004 9:35:01 AM PST · by ssaftler · 24 replies · 1,749+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/14/2004 | Anna Badkhen
    Lakeville, Mass. -- They may be separated by no more than a liquor store counter, a yard fence or a narrow road strewn with the withered oak leaves of autumn. The constant images of George W. Bush and John Kerry on their television screens have been replaced by scenes of fighting in Fallujah and the death of Yasser Arafat. But the rifts in this small Massachusetts town, almost two weeks after the presidential election, remain so deep and so persistent that friends and neighbors wonder whether they can ever be repaired. "We have to unite, or else we're going to...
  • Election reveals rifts in rural Massachusetts

    11/14/2004 2:22:39 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies · 3,725+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2004 | Anna Badkhen, Chronicle Staff Writer
    ........At Baldie's Pizza in Lakeville, owner and Kerry supporter Michael Mastrangelo, 48, said he won't talk politics with his mostly Republican customers. "They're the majority. We're the minority," Mastrangelo shrugged, adding, dismissively, before he disappeared in the kitchen: "Bush won. It's not a big deal. Our deficit will continue to grow. Our troops will continue to die." "But you support our troops, right?" interrupted his daughter, Christina Mastrangelo, 23. Her boyfriend is a Marine in Iraq, and although she voted for Kerry, she said there must be "something right about Bush" that made most U.S. troops cast their ballots for...
  • The "Bubba" Vote ?

    11/10/2004 6:55:39 PM PST · by ricer1 · 42 replies · 1,163+ views
    http://www.neteffex.com/chat/bubba.jpg ^ | November 9, 2004 | G.O.E.
    States with more mobile homes as a percentage of total housing units voted predominately for Bush.
  • It's Family Values, Stupid

    11/07/2004 1:02:40 PM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 658+ views
    The Sunday Times [UK] ^ | November 7, 2004 | Sarah Baxter
    George Bush owes his triumph to the conservative values of small town America. America’s moral majority is made up, not of zealots, but ordinary folk who care. Welcome to the heart and soul of America. A sign greets visitors outside a truck stop with a resounding: "Let freedom reign." There is one white, wooden evangelical church and lots of Bush-Cheney posters along the roadside. The message on the way out is: "Support our troops." This is Crittenden, Kentucky, a Bible-belt hamlet where the sale of alcohol is banned. Yet it is not completely stuck in a prohibition era time-warp. People...
  • Bush Leading in Rural Swing States

    10/26/2004 11:17:06 AM PDT · by Hugenot · 24 replies · 1,840+ views
    SeaMax News ^ | 10/26/2004 | Joseph Taranto
    Bush is leading Kerry by 12 points among rural swing states, according to a Center for Rural Strategies poll released Saturday. Among likely voters in these states, Bush is at 53 percent, while Kerry is only at 41 percent. The 80-55 Coalition for Rural America performed the non-partisan poll, which looks at the impact of rural states on the election. Bush’s lead is clearly outside of the 4.4 point margin of error. "I believe this will be sufficient to tip the scales in several critical states and give the president a victory overall,” said Republican strategist Bill Greener of Bush’s...
  • Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation Endorses President George W. Bush

    10/21/2004 5:21:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 564+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | October 21, 2004
    EAU CLAIRE, WI – Today, The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest farm organization, announced its endorsement of George W. Bush for President.  Today’s endorsement marks the first-ever presidential endorsement in the Farm Bureau’s eighty-four year history.  48,190 member families belong to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.“We are endorsing President Bush because Wisconsin farm families have benefited from his leadership. His support of initiatives in the state has helped agriculture grow to be a $51 billion part of Wisconsin’s economy,” said Bill Bruins, president of the Farm Bureau, and a dairy producer from Waupun. “President Bush’s leadership on farm programs,...
  • NRA rallies for NASCAR crowd

    10/18/2004 4:47:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 658+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | Oct. 16, 2004 | RONNIE GLASSBERG
    Sen. Zell Miller urges gun-rights audience to support Bush campaign CONCORD - With the sound of stock cars zooming by as a backdrop, Democratic U.S. Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia Friday urged gun owners to support President Bush's re-election. Miller spoke as part of a National Rifle Association rally at Lowe's Motor Speedway before the Busch Series SpongeBob 300 race. It was the influential gun lobby's first rally in conjunction with a NASCAR race, said Chris Cox, the organization's chief lobbyist. Former President Bill Clinton has credited the group with Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 election. "NASCAR nation is...
  • Kerry pushes economic issues on trip through southern Ohio ("Can I get me a hunting license here?")

    10/18/2004 1:47:11 PM PDT · by GoldwaterBooster · 57 replies · 1,153+ views
    "He (Kerry) also made campaign stops meant to play to southeast Ohio's strong gun-rights voters. In Pike County's city of Buchanan, Kerry's motorcade stopped at the Village Grocery Store, where he paid $140 for a hunting license he plans to use during a hunting trip and campaign stop in Youngstown this week." "Can I get me a hunting license here?" Kerry asked store owners Paul and Debra McKnight.
  • Kerry Supporters Few In Mid-Michigan Town (Vassar - Tuscola County)

    10/14/2004 2:38:18 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 8 replies · 664+ views
    WNEM ^ | 10-14-04
    Kerry Supporters Few In Mid-Michigan Town Email to a Friend Printer Friendly Version (TV5) Vassar-- This time of year the talk of the town in Vassar is usually the upcoming pumpkin roll. But judging from the yard signs that line the road as you drive into town, pumpkins have been replaced by politics. The latest buzz is the new Kerry-Edwards campaign headquarters that has opened up downtown. In a city that is largely Republican; many Vassar residents are not taking to it very well. At Betty Lou’s Restaurant TV5 was able to find only one Kerry supporter. Lyla Fabro says...
  • Bad Company?How small towns are reversing a century of corporate personhood

    09/30/2004 2:17:54 PM PDT · by Jubal · 34 replies · 822+ views
    Seven Days Newspaper, Burlington, Vt ^ | 22-29 Sept, 2004 | Ken Picard
    Porter Township in northwestern Pennsylvania was an unlikely hotbed for an anti-corporate uprising. The tiny rural community about an hour north of Pittsburgh has a population of only 1500 people, many of whom are staunch Republicans with deeply-held conservative values. But after the Alcosan Corporation, a Pennsylvania sewage-sludge hauler, threatened to sue Porter Township in 2002 for passing a local ordinance regulating the dumping of sludge in their community, town officials decided that their citizens had taken enough crap from corporations. Literally. So on December 9, 2002, Porter became the first municipality in the United States to pass a law...
  • Faith in Bush Unshaken in Rural Ohio Despite Economy (Obnoxiously Partisan Reuters Headline Alert)

    09/13/2004 6:20:04 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 16 replies · 577+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon, Sep 13, 2004 | Ben Klayman
    Squinting from a barber's chair, Rod Berlekamp explains why President Bush (news - web sites) has his vote locked up for a second straight U.S. presidential election despite job losses in this rural northwest Ohio town. "The most important thing is we've got to defeat terrorism. We can't have a good economy with terrorism," the retired 72-year-old registered Republican said, while getting his hair trimmed at Varsity Barber Shop. One chair over, Montie Waters could not disagree more. "There are too many big corporations putting people out of work," the retired 63-year-old said, explaining why he plans to vote for...
  • Bush’s moles dig for victory

    09/11/2004 4:52:36 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 40 replies · 2,586+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | September 12, 2004 | Tony Allen-Mills
    AS a lifelong Democratic activist and steelworking shop steward in the key swing state of West Virginia, Rick Casini is exactly the kind of man Senator John Kerry needs to help him claw his way back into a presidential campaign that is in danger of slipping away from him.Casini works at the 95-year-old Weirton steel mill on the Ohio River in America’s industrial heartland. Within a few minutes’ drive of this soot-stained West Virginian town lie the borders of Ohio and Pennsylvania, closely contested states Kerry must win if he is to wrest the White House from President George W...
  • Kerry wields his scimitar, but Bush just reaches for his gun

    09/08/2004 5:36:13 PM PDT · by knak · 33 replies · 7,525+ views
    telegraph ^ | 9/8/04 | Alec Russell
    There are two months to go and appalled Democrats are starting to fear that the presidential election may be all but over. If they took a trip through the small towns of Middle America, they would be even more alarmed. Over the weekend, I spent a morning on the road with two Republican activists affectionately known as "Old Lion" and "Young Tiger" in the Ohio town of Springfield. This is the archetypal Midwestern "swing" town where the election supposedly will be decided. The local factory has shed thousands of jobs. Health care costs are spiralling. Times are hard. And yet,...
  • In an Old Coal Town, the Old Party Labels Are Faded

    09/05/2004 10:07:44 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 720+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 6, 2004 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio, Sept. 3 - Sharon Alfman, the cook at the little County Seat Diner here, might seem to be a likely John Kerry supporter. She has voted Democratic most of her life. She has no health insurance through the diner, and her husband's insurance ran out after he was on disability for more than a year. But she already knows that she is going to vote for President Bush. Mrs. Alfman, 51, said that if the Democrats could do anything about health insurance, they would have done it under Bill Clinton. Now, she said, the Democrats have "burned...
  • Edwards seeks to validate Kerry candidacy in South, rural Midwest (voters uncomfortable w/ Kerry)

    08/26/2004 12:16:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies · 445+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | August 26, 2004 | LIZ SIDOTI
    OKLAHOMA CITY - With his up-by-the-bootstraps biography and Carolina drawl, John Edwards is working to advance John Kerry's presidential candidacy in regions where the Massachusetts senator of privilege may need help connecting with voters. Edwards has spent much of his time since joining the Democratic ticket last month in a Southern swath long dominated by Republicans and conservative rural Midwestern towns, areas where his populist message and emphasis on middle-class values _ not to mention his background _ are familiar. The campaign hopes that sending Kerry's personable running mate into GOP bastions will sway disgruntled Republicans and undecided voters and,...
  • Why Bush [and Kerry] is not so welcome in small-town America (barf)

    08/24/2004 3:24:43 PM PDT · by demlosers · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 24/08/2004 | David Rennie in Washington
    For small-town American mayors, a visit by a sitting president is an honour that can only be dreamed of. But not in Iowa, or Pennsylvania, or any of the other dozen or so deadlocked "swing states" that have November's US presidential election balanced on a knife-edge. President George W Bush and his Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry, have become such frequent visitors that local authorities are rebelling en masse. Mr Bush has visited Pennsylvania 32 times since 2001. Instead of rolling out the red carpet, they are totting up the costs of police overtime, emergency planning and other expenses, and...
  • President strays from beaten path with Traverse City campaign stop

    08/16/2004 5:23:37 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 18 replies · 739+ views
    MLive.com ^ | August 16, 2004 | JOHN FLESHER
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — President Bush is detouring again from the well-traveled campaign trail of southern Michigan to seek votes in a small town up north. Bush was to speak Monday afternoon in Traverse City, which last drew a presidential visit in 1975, when Gerald Ford rode in the National Cherry Festival parade. The outdoor rally at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center comes barely a month after Bush campaigned in the Upper Peninsula city of Marquette, where no sitting president had appeared since William Howard Taft nearly a century earlier. "Every single vote counts and we're going to...
  • Cheney makes stop in rural northeast Nevada town (Elko)

    08/14/2004 8:51:13 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 21 replies · 691+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8/14/2004 | CHRISTINA ALMEIDA
    ELKO, Nev. - Vice President Dick Cheney touted Bush administration policies on mining and forestry during a campaign stop Saturday in this rural northern Nevada town. "As Westerners, the president and I understand the importance of mining to Nevada's economy, and Nevada families," Cheney told a crowd of more than 2,000 people at a rally on the Elko High School football field. Cheney is the first sitting vice president to visit Elko since Richard Nixon did so in 1956. Bush carried this Republican stronghold four years ago with 78 percent of the vote. Nevada is considered a battleground state by...
  • Bush wins straw vote at fair (Michigan, Monroe County)

    08/09/2004 3:33:12 PM PDT · by demlosers · 19 replies · 634+ views
    Monroe News ^ | 08/9/2004
    The informal vote at the Evening News booth was close, however. BY EVENING NEWS STAFF Incumbent George W. Bush narrowly beat Democratic challenger Sen. John F. Kerry to remain the leader of the most powerful nation in the world during a neck-and-neck race for presidency of the United States. That's the way it was at the Monroe County Fair at least. A completely informal poll at The Evening News booth in the merchant's building showed the president winning his second term over the Massachusetts senator 2,220-2,087. Fairgoers visiting the booth cast their ballots during the week. President Bush won every...
  • Edwards Returns to Kansas After Snub (Their train didn't stop at a rally!)

    08/08/2004 6:03:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 18 replies · 962+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/8/04 | AP
    LAWRENCE, Kan. — Supporters stood in the dark as the John Kerry-John Edwards (search) campaign train sped through town in the wee hours of Saturday. They got their chance to spend time with half the ticket Sunday when Edwards and his family paid a makeup call in a rare Democratic foray into a traditionally Republican stronghold.
  • Kerry in Missouri: Fatherly advice gets tour on track (Talks about his farming experience)

    08/07/2004 6:30:00 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 54 replies · 1,183+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | August 7, 2004 | Noelle Straub
    7 p.m. CDT Thursday - cw-3At the capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo., the state where Mark Twain lived, Sen. John F. Kerry jokes that Huck Finn never wanted to grow up - just like some guys his daughters have dated. He laughs and hugs daughter Alex. 10:30 p.m. - The whistlestop tour halts in Sedalia, Mo., where some Bush fans heckle. Kerry tells his supporters to let them chant because they have only three more months to do so. Sen. John Edwards says his children are aboard and to please show some good Missouri manners. Teresa Heinz Kerry tells...
  • Kerry Edwards 'No Objection' To Missouri Gay Marriage Ban

    08/06/2004 2:43:45 PM PDT · by Patriot11 · 31 replies · 696+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Patriot11
    Edwards defends states' rights in GOP stronghold By JO MANNIES St. Louis Post-Dispatch By Jo Mannies St. Louis Post-Dispatch (KRT) - CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Sen. John Edwards emphasized his support for states' rights Thursday, saying the Democratic presidential ticket had no objection to Missouri's overwhelming vote this week in favor of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. "We're both opposed to gay marriage and believe that states should be allowed to decide this question," Edwards said in an interview Thursday, referring to himself and presidential nominee John Kerry. Edwards and Kerry oppose a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage,...
  • A DAY IN THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH (PHOTOS): 8.4.04

    08/04/2004 4:28:22 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 315 replies · 5,576+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | August 4, 2004 | GretchenM
    Minnesota and Iowa were the favored states as President Bush continues to campaign for re-election. He announced three important new conservation initiatives that will help protect wildlife, water, and precious land resources: Supporting America's Farmers and Conserving America's Land.Secretary Rumsfeld today on the radio. Enjoy your daily Dose of W @ Sanity Island!
  • Kerry Voices Support For Gun Rights, Clean-Coal Technologies As Lead Widens

    08/02/2004 6:50:58 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 43 replies · 1,966+ views
    My Wise County ^ | 8/4/02 | My Wise County
    Wheeling, W.Va. --- In the nation's coalfield's Saturday afternoon, Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry touted his support for a $2-billion dollar clean-coal technology plan as a part of the nation's energy independence from Middle East oil while at the same time noting his support for hunter gun owner rights to an estimated 15,000-plus audience. Kerry said he would be a president who "believes in science," and will pour $2 billion directly into developing clean coal technology as a part of his strategy for energy independence. "I want a nation that depends on its own ingenuity, not the Saudi royal...
  • President comes to our towns (my Angel's home town)

    07/31/2004 10:57:54 PM PDT · by Diplomat · 3 replies · 563+ views
    The Times Reporter, Copley News Service ^ | Sunday, August 1, 2004 | PAUL M. KRAWZAK
    Thousand of supporters lined the streets, waving flags and holding up signs as President Bush made a campaign side trip through Dover and New Philadelphia. A much smaller number of protesters also staked out the route Saturday. During the ride through Dover, Bush stopped at the Eiler Candy Shop to trade banter with employees, sign autographs and buy candy. “How is everybody?” he asked. “Anybody hungry?” After scrutinizing the candy display, the president purchased chocolate-covered caramels.
  • Will Kerry Sizzle In The Sticks?

    07/29/2004 5:12:27 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 6 replies · 699+ views
    CBS ^ | 7-29-04
    (CBS MarketWatch) Rural America truly was "Bush country" in the 2000 presidential election, but Democrats say a still-lackluster economy and other issues will help them close the gap in 2004. But the Bush campaign hasn't been sitting on its hands. Mr. Bush recently campaigned in two areas that rarely see presidential visits: Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern Minnesota. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is solidly Republican; Minnesota's Iron Range traditionally votes Democratic, but those voters also tend to be conservative on social issues. Moreover, the Bush campaign, in response to a Kerry bus tour through key Midwestern states earlier this month, issued...
  • Kerry Ignores Small Town America (Flyover Country Alert)

    07/19/2004 12:31:43 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 22 replies · 992+ views
    Bush-Cheney '04 ^ | July 19, 2004 | Various
    In today’s Reads, Kerry doesn’t know rural America, and it shows in his policies. Plus, why people on either side of the marriage debate can’t trust Kerry to take a consistent position. Morning Reads: Kerry Ignores Small Town America When it comes to the issues that matter to small town and rural America, John Kerry is trying hard... to lose the training wheels. A number of recent stumbles demonstrate that Kerry's recent discovery of rural America is far from complete -- and while the Senator from Massachusetts may dismiss rural communities as flyover country as he jets from campaign stop...
  • GOP LETS CHENEY LOOSE! Republicans counting on 'secret weapon' in the Heartland

    07/19/2004 7:13:36 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 79 replies · 2,599+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/19/04
    Vice President Cheney is demonized by Democrats but a god to the GOP faithful. And while electrifying is hardly a word one might associate with the veep, charging up core crowds crucial to President Bush's reelection is just what he's doing. The Daily News' Washington Bureau Chief Thomas M. DeFrank has spent recent weeks on the road with Cheney to find out just why some Republicans say he's the party's "secret weapon." MINNEAPOLIS - Dick Cheney has never lost an election when his name was on the ballot, and he doesn't intend to lose this one, either - his last...
  • Bush, Kerry focus on values in scramble for voters

    07/13/2004 3:39:33 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 1 replies · 215+ views
    AP ^ | 7-13-04 | Ron Fournier
    Bush, Kerry focus on values in scramble for voters By RON FOURNIER The Associated Press 7/13/2004, 5:42 p.m. ET SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — President Bush and John Kerry are trying to define and dominate the debate on gay marriage, abortion, gun rights and other values in a more virtuous-than-thou scramble for voters like blue-collar Democrat Carolyn Brooks. The 61-year-old clerk opposes abortion, even to save a woman's life, and gay marriage, even if it requires amending the Constitution. But there's a value she places above all others: Honesty. "And Bush, with his war on Iraq, has failed on that note,"...