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  • McCain's Newest Ad Debuting Hillary!

    08/07/2008 9:53:44 AM PDT · by GOPinCa · 27 replies · 106+ views
    Here is the latest ad from the McCain camp. Pretty effective I think using the words of leading Dems to praise McCain. The best part comes at the end from Hillary, "I know Senator McCain has a life time of experience that he will bring to the White House and Senator Obama has a speech he gave in 2002." Ouch. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSpcxkKlEFA
  • Centrist voters are tilting from Obama

    08/11/2008 3:29:04 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 59 replies · 144+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 11, 2008 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Sen. Barack Obama is doing what Republicans once thought only a presidential candidacy by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton could do - uniting the right and center. State Republican Party leaders interviewed by The Washington Times said fear of a far-left Obama presidency is warming once-skeptical voters to Sen. John McCain, fueling growing enthusiasm among Republicans that Mr. McCain's more aggressive campaigning can lead to victory...
  • Obama's Catholic Problem ( Linda Chavez )

    08/08/2008 5:58:53 AM PDT · by kellynla · 11 replies · 383+ views
    townhall.com ^ | August 08, 2008 | Linda Chavez
    Barack Obama has a Catholic problem. If he doesn't do better than John Kerry did in 2004 with this quintessential swing voting bloc, he won't be elected president. Obama's campaign understands this -- which is why they're considering allowing a pro-life Democrat, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, to speak at the Denver convention. Sen. Casey's father, the late Governor of Pennsylvania Robert Casey Sr., was denied a speaking slot at the Democrats' 1992 convention for fear of offending pro-choice Democrats. But simply allowing his son to speak at the convention won't be enough to woo Catholics back. Catholics are by...
  • New McCain Ad: Praised by Democrats

    08/07/2008 12:49:08 PM PDT · by no dems · 21 replies · 132+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | August 7, 2008 | no dems
    In an effort to highlight his "maverick" history of bipartisianship, John McCain has released this campaign ad. The ad features prominent democratic leaders praising McCain for his courage, honesty, and ability to reach across the aisle. http://election.newsmax.com/mccain_praise.html?s=al&promo_code=6772-1
  • What McCain Should Do Next

    08/06/2008 10:00:42 PM PDT · by flyfree · 16 replies · 116+ views
    wsj ^ | August 7, 2008 | KARL ROVE
    Notwithstanding the hype about Barack Obama, here is where the presidential race stands: John McCain was within an average of 1.9% of his Democratic opponent in last week's daily Gallup tracking poll. It shouldn't be this close. Sen. Obama should be way ahead. It's not that Sen. McCain has made up a lot of ground. Pollster.com shows that the Republican steadily declined from March through June as the Democratic contest dominated the news. Mr. McCain stabilized in July, and then ticked up slightly. But the most important political fact of July is that Mr. Obama has lost altitude. Gallup now...
  • Weekend Box Office: Don't Choose "Swing Vote" - Anti-Semitic GOP, "Typical" White Male Redneck Loser

    08/01/2008 4:19:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 29 replies · 157+ views
    debbieschlussel.com ^ | August 1, 2008 | Debbie Schlussel
    Is Kelsey Grammar really a Republican? Hard to tell, since he chose to be in "Swing Vote" and portray Republicans as anti-Semites and White men as rednecks, idiots, and incompetent fathers. You know when a movie about a Presidential election begins with an anti-Semitic Republican President scheming on how to keep Jews away from the polls, it's not going to be even-handed or good. Or funny. You also know that when the star of a movie--Kevin Costner--is forced to invest $20 million of his own money in an August movie release in order to get it on-screen, it's not a...
  • Fewer Voters Identify as Republicans. Democrats Now Have the Advantage in "Swing" States

    06/07/2008 6:29:30 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 73 replies · 122+ views
    Pew Research Center ^ | March 20, 2008 | Pew Research Cneter
    The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles. In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans. The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center.
  • 'Swing Vote' plays on GOP, Dem stereotypes

    06/07/2008 5:04:25 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 5 replies · 163+ views
    Politico ^ | 6/7/08 | JEFFREY RESSNER
    “Swing Vote” revolves around a low-life trailer park drunk (Costner) who, by virtue of his young daughter's idealism, becomes responsible for deciding the fate of a closely tied presidential election. Both the incumbent Republican commander-in-chief (Kelsey Grammer) and the milquetoast liberal Democrat challenger (Dennis Hopper) descend on his small town and vie for his vote by shamelessly courting him, even going so far as to change their strongly-held beliefs to align themselves with what they mistakenly believe are his views. A small crowd at an advance screening on the Disney studio lot in Burbank, California this week laughed loudest when...
  • Clinton pushes swing-state strategy

    05/10/2008 12:55:20 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 8 replies · 35+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 10th, 2008 | Christina Bellantoni
    Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's top aides yesterday accused Sen. Barack Obama of ignoring West Virginia, saying Democrats must win the state in the fall and using her 43-point poll lead there as evidence that her longshot bid deserves to run its course. "What is the basis for the so-called 'presumptive nominee' not competing in a state that would be a key swing state?" Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson asked reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, adding that a Tuesday victory could be a turning point for his boss. A 15-point win for Mrs. Clinton, "in an atmosphere in which...
  • White Guys Are Back

    04/05/2008 8:40:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 86 replies · 70+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 5, 2008 | GAIL COLLINS
    It was probably inevitable. The historic contest between a woman and an African-American for the presidential nomination is now all about white men. Not that the white male voters asked for this. They’ve been uncommitted, supporting Hillary in one contest and Barack in the next. But all that hemming and hawing has turned them into the deciding factor in the big upcoming primary in Pennsylvania. Reporters are spread all over the state, searching for white men to interview. American Legion halls under siege! Both campaigns engage in extensive research, which reveals that white men are very concerned about the economy....
  • GOP Targeting Wal-Mart Moms, Facebook Independents (According to McCain's right hand man)

    04/04/2008 10:44:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 74+ views
    KOAT.com ^ | April 4, 2008 | NA
    Associated Press SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. -- Republicans want to attract different voters. The top campaign official for the presumed GOP presidential nominee, John McCain, is identifying five groups of target voters. Rick Davis told a meeting of Republican state chairmen at Santa Ana Pueblo Friday that those groups include young voters and Hispanics. They also include what he calls "Wal-Mart moms," "Rehab Republicans" and "Facebook independents." Davis said it's not just McCain who would benefit from their support. He said they could help GOP candidates further down the ticket. He defines Rehab Republicans as longtime GOP members who haven't...
  • McCain Chief Optimistic, Sees Challenges Ahead (The New Architect)

    04/04/2008 4:20:37 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 16 replies · 96+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | April 4th, 2008 | Reid Wilson
    Noting a recent New York Times/CBS News poll ...... "We cannot win the election if our party is viewed 15 points less as a solution to the problems of America than the Democrat Party," Davis said. Davis pointed to five subgroups he said would be key to a victory in November. Those include "WalMart Moms," frugal suburban voters lower on the economic scale who Davis estimates will make up 17% of the electorate, and "Rehab Republicans," historically GOP voters who have grown disaffected, and a group from which Davis estimates McCain needs four out of five voters to win. Younger...
  • McCain's VP dilemma: Appeal to moderates, or conservatives?

    04/03/2008 2:41:18 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies · 72+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr 3, 2008
    While the Democratic candidates continue to pummel each other on the campaign trail, Arizona Senator John McCain's clear path to the Republican nomination means he can turn his attention to lofty matters such as choosing his running mate - and pondering the dilemma that confronts him. McCain has succeeded in becoming the last Republican candidate standing based largely on his reputation as a "maverick" who has been willing to take risks by bucking his own party on issues such as global warming and torture and reach across the aisle to get things done. Though that persona has won him support...
  • Giuliani Says He Has Sway in Swing States [he sways everywhere]

    08/20/2007 2:18:38 PM PDT · by hardback · 28 replies · 545+ views
    Nasha Telegraph ^ | 8/18/7 | By KEVIN LANDRIGAN
    MERRIMACK – Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he’s the only GOP candidate who can win in swing states that have gone Democratic in recent elections, including New Hampshire. During an interview with The Telegraph, Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, listed a dozen states and claimed to be the only Republican who in the general election could defeat Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.The list included New Hampshire, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota and Washington. He predicted victory over any Democratic candidate in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and said he could keep the contest close in...
  • Swingin' With the Libertarians (and Federalists)

    06/22/2007 8:24:58 PM PDT · by Josh Painter · 30 replies · 545+ views
    Elephant Biz ^ | June 19, 2007 | Bill Hobbs
    A new study from David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, and David Kirby, executive director of the America's Future Foundation, have released a new study that asserts that - surprise! - libertarians are the swing vote in national elections... Any group that is 13 percent of the electorate is big enough to swing elections, if they're positioned right on the political see-saw. It's not really the size of the libertarian vote that matters so much as it is where they stand on issues - and whether or not they currently feel more at home or less...
  • Alito Calls Free-Speech Limits 'Dangerous' as Court Considers Cases (McCain/Feingold overturned?)

    06/15/2007 3:22:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,411+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2007 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. made it clear as he began taking questions at yesterday's National Italian American Foundation luncheon that he couldn't reveal any of the Supreme Court's forthcoming opinions. But did he at least give a hint? Two of the court's biggest remaining cases focus on the First Amendment, and while Alito didn't mention either, he did make it clear that any restrictions on speech face a high hurdle with him. "I'm a very strong believer in the First Amendment and the right of people to speak and to write," Alito said in response to a question of...
  • No abrupt changes for court -- Justice Kennedy is new swing vote

    07/01/2006 9:58:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 709+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/2/6 | Bob Egelko
    President Bush finally got to reshape the Supreme Court during its just-completed 2005-06 term, appointing its first two new members in more than a decade. But he didn't have much immediate success in changing its direction. Bush's appointees, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, lived up to expectations that they would ally with the court's conservative faction. The administration's hopes for a rightward shift on an already-conservative court were largely checked, however, by the pivotal figure of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy's role was illustrated most dramatically Thursday, the final day of the court's term, when he joined a...
  • Swing Justice (Anthony Kennedy attacks the media and wonders if liberals hate him)

    04/06/2006 11:41:42 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 1,328+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 6, 2006 | The Editors
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy lashed out at our humble profession last week, castigating editorial writers whom he said frequently "misinterpret" the Court's reasoning, according to an article in Monday's Washington Post. The Justice didn't single out any newspaper, though we'll admit to having referred to his jurisprudence on more than one occasion as "protean." We'd humbly reply to Justice Kennedy that it is precisely this trait that has invited such media mau-mauing. While nominated as a conservative by Ronald Reagan, Justice Kennedy has proven on the High Court that he is open for intellectual rent: from his flip-flop on...
  • Anthony Kennedy Is Ready for His Close-Up

    04/03/2006 7:38:25 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,245+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 3, 2006 | Adam Cohen
    At last week's oral argument in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, probably the term's most important case, the outcome was all but decided when Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke. He strongly suggested by his questions that he would join the four moderate justices in rejecting the Bush administration's position on a key aspect of its war-on-terror powers. That would be enough, because these days, the law is pretty much what Justice Kennedy says it is. With Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement, there is a new swing justice in town. If the court's two newest members, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito...
  • Where The Missing Middle Went

    02/18/2006 9:25:23 AM PST · by Torie · 37 replies · 743+ views
    National Journal ^ | February 17, 2006 | Jonathan Rauch
    SOCIAL STUDIES Where The Missing Middle Went By Jonathan Rauch, National Journal © National Journal Group Inc. Friday, Feb. 17, 2006 In 1992, the political scientist Raymond E. Wolfinger of the University of California (Berkeley), along with five of his students, published The Myth of the Independent Voter, a book that posed a challenge to -- well, to people like me. For some time, I've been saying that the key to American politics is in the center. Independents make up about a third of the electorate, yet are neglected by the two increasingly extreme major parties. Whichever party manages to...
  • Take Heed, Republicans - The Alarms Have Been Sounded

    02/17/2006 1:09:57 PM PST · by SC33 · 404 replies · 6,505+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 15, 2006 | Paul Weyrich
    John Gizzi, veteran political editor of the conservative weekly Human Events, normally is an optimist. Over the years I have watched him find the one possible thread to explain the rationale for the election of a conservative Republican. John knows more about politics than any 10 political junkies combined have forgotten. If there is a way to see a possibility for a Republican victory Gizzi makes the case. And that is as it should be inasmuch as he is writing to give conservatives hope. He and his paper's message are always the same: "Shoulder on." You can imagine my shock...
  • The Most Powerful Man in America

    01/31/2006 1:43:01 PM PST · by Always Right · 58 replies · 1,600+ views
    Self | 1-31-06 | Always Right
    The most powerful man in America has the last name of Kennedy, but thankfully is not named Teddy and is no relation to JFK. You could make the case that the President or the Federal Chairman is more powerful, but for my money Justice Anthony McLeod Kennedy is now the most powerful man in America. With the appointment of Justice Alito, the Supreme Court is split with 4 solidly liberal justices and 4 solidly conservative justices, leaving Kennedy to decide the controversial cases. Justice Anthony Kennedy was born July 23, 1936 has been a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court...
  • Swing Vote

    01/24/2006 8:09:42 AM PST · by lawdude · 6 replies · 338+ views
    1/24/06 | Self
    I have been watching the Judicial Committee and collateral news events for a long time. I am struck by the continued use of the term "Swing Vote"! Now, I am an attorney but certainly not an expert on the supremes. My Question is, WHAT IS A SWING VOTE? Do the Justices vote in order of senority? No, that would make Souter or Ginsburg the final vote. Did the Court decide to make SDO'C wait until the adults voted before allowing her to speak out? Is she some revered mental wiz that is, by virtue of her supreme knowledge, allowed to...
  • O'Connor's Rightful Heir? (Newsweek's Justice is Now Kennedy)

    01/22/2006 4:05:44 PM PST · by new yorker 77 · 15 replies · 881+ views
    Newsweek Magazine ^ | January 30, 2006 | Evan Thomas & Stuart Taylor Jr.
    Kennedy may check the Supreme Court's tilt toward the right.The Swing Set: Kennedy chats with O’Connor, who may have penned her last ruling this weekJan. 30, 2006 issue - When conservative Washington lawyers who argue before the Supreme Court talk about "the Greenhouse Effect," they don't mean global warming. The Greenhouse in question is Linda Greenhouse, the longtime and esteemed Supreme Court reporter for The New York Times. The "effect" is to subtly push Supreme Court justices to the left. Unless a jurist comes to the court with very strongly held, or even fixed, conservative views, there is a tendency...
  • Who'll Be the Supreme Court's Next Swinger?

    01/17/2006 9:02:50 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 41 replies · 1,315+ views
    Law.com ^ | 01/17/2006 | Howard J. Bashman
    Who'll Be the Supreme Court's Next Swinger? Howard J. Bashman Special to Law.com 01-17-2006 When Justice Sandra Day O'Connor finally retires from serving on the U.S. Supreme Court, the high court's center of gravity unquestionably will shift. And some other justice will become the Court's swinger -- that is, the key swing vote. For reasons explained in my essay from last week, I don't expect Samuel A. Alito Jr. to become the Court's newest centrist. Indeed, the smart money is on Justice Anthony M. Kennedy to be the Court's swing vote going forward. Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter,...
  • Swing Time: Anthony Kennedy is the new Sandra Day O'Connor.

    01/18/2006 9:59:57 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 42 replies · 1,114+ views
    Slate ^ | 01/18/2006 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Anthony Kennedy—the new Sandra Day O'Connor. Lost in last week's cacophony about the critical role of Sandra Day O'Connor as sole and exclusive swing voter on the U.S. Supreme Court was any sign of respect for the other sole and exclusive swing voter on the U.S. Supreme Court: Anthony M. Kennedy. Kennedy's majority opinion in today's big physician-assisted-suicide case serves as the perfect reminder of who's going to call the shots in the near future. The 6-3 opinion in Gonzales v. Oregon—a decision upholding Oregon's physician-assisted-suicide law from attack by the Attorney General's Office—sharply outlines the court's Anthony Kennedy-shaped future....
  • Thomas Sowell: Senate Condemnation Hearings

    01/16/2006 9:48:14 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 26 replies · 1,110+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | January 17, 2006 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    The Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Samuel Alito told us more about the Senators than it did about Judge Alito.First, there were those long-winded preambles to "questions" for the judge. Then there were the Mickey Mouse maneuvers and insinuations, spiced here and there with outright lies.The ridiculousness of the charges was classically illustrated by Senator Joseph Biden's claim that Alito had been part of a group that was trying to keep minorities and women out of Princeton. Apparently wanting everyone to meet the same admissions standards is considered to be the same as being against minorities and women.To dramatize his...
  • The Swing Vote

    10/04/2005 8:30:17 AM PDT · by bu9418 · 2 replies · 156+ views
    Mark Bureau ^ | 4October2005 | Mark Bureau
    The Swing Vote Yesterday George W. Bush made his second appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. As I had feared, this appointment was made in the name of what I will call political diversity. It appears that more than half of the qualified potential candidates were disqualified because they didn't fit the mold of the politically correct definition of diversity. And so you have, Harriet Miers is your next Associate Justice of the United States. Was this a bad pick? I don't think so. ...
  • Immigrants in U.S. new swing voters in Mexico election

    08/16/2005 5:24:09 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 13 replies · 387+ views
    Immigrants in U.S. new swing voters in Mexico electionTue Aug 16, 2005 8:07 AM ET By Alonso Soto CHICAGO (Reuters) - Former Chicago businessman and Mexican immigrant Timoteo Manjarrez recently decided to run for mayor in his hometown of Teloloapan, a poor city in the South of Mexico where he returned to live six years ago. "I always dreamed of coming back to my roots. Now we are going to get this city out of the backwardness it is submerged in," the 42-year-old Manjarrez said in a telephone interview. In July, eager to raise support for his election effort, the...
  • Replace Justice O'Connor, But Which One?

    07/04/2005 10:46:32 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 33 replies · 1,346+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 July 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Two Sandra Day O'Connors have served as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. It makes a world of difference which one President Bush chooses to replace. First, we look at the late O'Connor, the one who is retiring. The L.A. Times asserted this week that O'Connor “alone was in the majority of every one of the court’s 13 5-4 decisions this last term.” There are two tiny problems with this assertion. There were 24 such decisions this Term. And, Justices Souter and Scalia were in the majority in them more often than Justice O’Connor. See SCOTUSBlog for the facts....
  • OPINION : Plenty of reasons for rightward shift in America

    02/01/2005 7:29:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 744+ views
    The South End Newspaper ^ | February 1, 2005 | Brian Biglin
    In examining the current two-party system, it becomes clear that a growing majority of Americans fit into the conservative movement. It is agreed that both parties are moving further to the right and left, respectively, but it has been Republicans that have grown their base by facing issues realistically, and by spreading hope instead of despair. Republicans are gaining the support of mainstream, rational-thinking people whose party affiliation was previously tenuous.
  • Poll: Voters Staunchly Back One Candidate

    01/13/2005 1:46:29 PM PST · by metalmanx2j · 4 replies · 379+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Jan 8
    WASHINGTON - An overwhelming majority of voters say they never changed their minds about whether they would support President Bush (news - web sites) or Democratic candidate John Kerry (news - web sites), a poll found. Only 16 percent of those who voted for Bush said there was a time when they thought they would vote for Kerry, according to the National Annenberg Election Survey. And 15 percent of Kerry voters said there was a time when they thought they would vote for Bush. The Annenberg findings lend support to the decision by the campaigns to spend more time on...
  • 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...
  • Persuadable voters give Kerry high marks (read on...)

    10/15/2004 12:22:06 AM PDT · by ambrose · 22 replies · 604+ views
    AP ^ | 10/15
    Persuadable voters give Kerry high marks By WILL LESTER The Associated Press 10/15/2004, 3:02 a.m. ET WASHINGTON (AP) — Persuadable voters watching the presidential debates tended to give higher marks to Democrat John Kerry than President Bush, but many sound reluctant to make a final decision in the presidential race. "In the debates, Kerry's intelligence came through. He just seemed really thoughtful," said Mindy Kershner of San Francisco, who is still not ready to commit. "I probably won't decide until I actually vote." The three presidential debates, including the final one Wednesday night, have not answered questions some of these...
  • Swing Voter

    10/14/2004 12:26:05 PM PDT · by captainswiftboat · 4 replies · 452+ views
    MoveOnPlease ^ | Derek Podarsky
    I found an online journal kept by one of the self-proclaimed “swing voters” of America. These are the people that will be deciding who our next president is, and that is a scary thought. I hope that people that haven’t made up their mind yet on the election don’t all feel the same way about our country’s leadership as the author of this journal does.
  • Meet the persuadables

    10/10/2004 1:11:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 614+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | October 10, 2004 | BILL ADAIR
    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - For months, Mary Pagel has been unsure how she'll vote. Pagel and her husband "waffle back and forth. One day we're voting for Bush and the next day we're voting for Kerry," she said. The retired teacher is unhappy with President Bush's strategy in Iraq, but she's wary about Sen. John Kerry. "I think Kerry is going to spend too much of my money - too many social programs," said Pagel, who definitely plans to vote on Nov. 2. Pagel is part of a small but crucial slice of the American electorate that campaign strategists call "the...
  • Both sides upbeat after debate (Bush gains 3, Kerry gains 0 from 12 Ohio swing voters)

    10/10/2004 12:36:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 928+ views
    Long Beach Press-Telegram, CA ^ | October 10, 2004 | Steven Thomma,Mark Johnson
    CLEVELAND Fresh from their second debate, President Bush and Sen. John Kerry dashed back to the campaign trail on Saturday, sniping at one another and setting up a showdown in their third and final debate on Wednesday. Bush appeared energized as polls and interviews with swing voters suggested that he did better in the second debate than he had in his first confrontation with the Democratic challenger. Kerry emerged similarly upbeat, his aides confident that he was poised to win all three debates, and with them the presidency. A new poll released on Saturday showed the two neck and neck,...
  • The Swingers: Why it could all come down to just a few key voters in a few key states

    10/09/2004 8:01:59 PM PDT · by Cableguy · 13 replies · 407+ views
    US News ^ | 10/18 issue | Kenneth T. Walsh, Dan Gilgoff and Terence Samuel
    The baseball metaphor seems most apt. George W. Bush and John Kerry are like two weary but evenly matched teams heading into the ninth inning of the World Series with the score all tied up. It all comes down to how these boys of summer measure up in the chill winds of autumn. Nationally, the race for the White House is just about as close as it can be, according to polls taken just before last week's second presidential debate. Bush had lost considerable ground from only a few weeks ago, apparently because of his weak performance in his first...
  • Questioner alienated by Kerry's comment

    10/09/2004 4:19:51 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 263 replies · 7,182+ views
    Polipundent ^ | Oct 9, 2004 | Polipundit
    Swing Voters Swinging We now know of at least one undecided voter who decided to vote for Bush after the debate. Robin Dahle, who asked President Bush the first question yesterday, was just on NPR’s Weekend America. Dahle is on about 3:40 into the audio (courtesy of KUOW.) Dahle said that, before the debate, there was a 40 percent chance he’d vote for President Bush. He’s now 80-90 percent sure of his vote, although not 100 percent. The reason he gave was that Bush was more “personable.” He also said that Kerry blundered when he said that only 3 people...
  • Swing Voters Swinging

    10/09/2004 2:58:45 PM PDT · by sampai · 61 replies · 2,269+ views
    PoliPundit.com ^ | 10/09/04 | PoliPundit
    We now know of at least one undecided voter who decided to vote for Bush after the debate. Robin Dahle, who asked President Bush the first question yesterday, was just on NPR's Weekend America. Dahle is on about 3:40 into the audio (courtesy of KUOW.) Dahle said that, before the debate, there was a 40 percent chance he'd vote for President Bush. He's now 80-90 percent sure of his vote, although not 100 percent. The reason he gave was that Bush was more "personable." He also said that Kerry blundered when he said that only 3 people in the room...
  • Kerry Must Win the 'Persuadable' Vote

    09/29/2004 4:20:56 AM PDT · by Leroy S. Mort · 17 replies · 442+ views
    AP ^ | Sept 29, 2004
    WASHINGTON (AP) - If Democrat John Kerry has a chance of winning the White House, he must win over many in the small but central slice of the electorate known as ``persuadable'' voters who harbor serious doubts about his leadership abilities. They tend to like Kerry better on handling the economy and half say a fresh start would be worth the risk. But doubts about his leadership skills are mentioned early as an obstacle to those considering a switch to the Democratic nominee.An Associated Press poll of 1,329 persuadable voters highlighted the difficult task facing Kerry in the dwindling weeks...
  • KERRY MUST WIN THE 'PERSUADABLE' VOTE

    09/29/2004 6:38:59 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 17 replies · 378+ views
    WINS News ^ | 9/29/04
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Democrat John Kerry has a chance of winning the White House, he must win over many in the small but central slice of the electorate known as "persuadable" voters who harbor serious doubts about his leadership abilities. They tend to like Kerry better on handling the economy and half say a fresh start would be worth the risk. But doubts about his leadership skills are mentioned early as an obstacle to those considering a switch to the Democratic nominee.An Associated Press poll of 1,329 persuadable voters highlighted the difficult task facing Kerry in the dwindling weeks...
  • Parties chase ultimate swing vote

    09/28/2004 5:49:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 282+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 28, 2004 | Jim Stratton
    ....So far, about 9.75 million Floridians are registered to cast ballots in the 2004 election -- about 1 million more than were eligible to vote in the contested 2000 election. Driven by the major political parties and special-interest groups, the surge of new voters is part of an effort by supporters of both candidates to get every ballot possible in a state where just a handful could be all the difference in the world. Among the people who have registered since the 2000 election is an unpredictable new variable: There are now 1.73 million voters who are not registered with...
  • Fred Barnes: Swinging Right (More Republicans, fewer swing voters)

    09/20/2004 1:54:14 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 30 replies · 2,410+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 27, 2004 | Fred Barnes
    WHERE HAVE ALL the swing voters gone? The conventional answer is that the nation has become politically polarized and swing voters have taken sides. There's some truth in this, but there's a better explanation. In disproportionate numbers, swing voters have become Republicans over the past three decades. And though the trend accelerated after the 2000 election and 9/11 terrorist attacks, it's scarcely been mentioned in the 2004 presidential race. But it's playing an enormously important role this year. It gives President Bush political options John Kerry doesn't have. And it makes Bush's reelection more likely. The new Republican strength means...
  • Kerry Losing Lead Over Bush In Illinois (Kerry 49%, Bush 45% - Keyes trails by 41%)

    09/15/2004 4:28:26 PM PDT · by ambrose · 227 replies · 5,002+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | 9/15/04
    CBS 2 Chicago | cbs2chicago.com Kerry Losing Lead Over Bush In Illinois Sep 15, 2004 6:05 pm US/Central The presidential election is just 48 days away now, and according to an exclusive new poll of Illinois voters, George W. Bush and John Kerry could be in a virtual dead heat. The turn in this election tide could set up a political stunner. Illinois is a Democratic powerhouse in national elections, and John Kerry does maintain a small lead in our exclusive CBS 2 poll, but President Bush appears to be gaining support among voters. Illinois no longer looks like a...
  • Bush Gains, but Not With Swing Voters (because swing voters are becoming Bush voters)

    09/15/2004 2:50:45 PM PDT · by ambrose · 25 replies · 1,216+ views
    AP ^ | 9/15/04
    Posted on Wed, Sep. 15, 2004 Bush Gains, but Not With Swing Voters WILL LESTER Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Bush has been gaining ground among overall voters as a leader and the man to fight terrorism, but swing voters have been less impressed, a tracking poll suggests. The National Annenberg Election Survey found that Bush led Democrat John Kerry by 54 percent to 36 percent on handling terrorism in polling from the end of the Republican convention to Sept. 12. The president was seen as a better commander in chief by 52 percent to 39 percent over Kerry. On...
  • Gallup: "Swing Voters" in the 2004 Presidential Election

    09/07/2004 6:52:00 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 1,322+ views
    Gallup News Service ^ | September 7, 2004 | Joseph Carroll
    Throughout the campaign this year, in addition to asking whom they plan to vote for, Gallup has asked Americans whether they are certain they will vote for their candidate or they could change their minds before Election Day. The latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted this past weekend after the Republican National Convention in New York, finds President George W. Bush leading Democratic challenger John Kerry, by 52% to 45% among likely voters. The latest poll shows that 88% of Americans deemed most likely to vote in this year's election are firm in their vote choices, and only 12% of likely...
  • The pendulum voters swing Bush's way

    09/07/2004 8:28:59 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies · 1,594+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 9-7-04 | William Safire
    All that sustained thumb-sucking you heard about the United States having a polarized electorate, with only a tiny sliver of undecideds, has just ended with a loud pop. Polls that showed John Kerry ahead by a few points going into his convention a month ago now show President George W. Bush up 11 points. That means the old "swing vote" still swings and the battle for voters is in the political center. The Bush trend - which could, by the nature of swing voting, be reversible - has Democratic politicians between dismay and panic. As usual, they are crying foul...
  • Personality gap may swing voters

    09/06/2004 3:34:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies · 1,049+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Thomas Fitzgerald with James Kuhnhenn
    NANTUCKET, Mass. - Forget the economy, it may just be the personality, stupid. Swing voters do not like Sen. John Kerry much, one recent poll suggests, and that is just the latest survey pointing to a stubborn ``personality gap'' he suffers compared with President Bush. Some political analysts believe simple likability is the Democratic nominee's greatest challenge as the presidential campaign enters its two-month stretch run. This phenomenon persists even though virtually every poll shows that a solid majority disapproves of Bush's handling of the Iraq war and the economy. Most voters also believe the country is headed in the...
  • N.C. swing voters carefully weighing choices

    09/06/2004 6:23:24 AM PDT · by buzzyboop · 17 replies · 545+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 6, 2004 | Sandra Tolliver
    McADENVILLE, N.C. -- When vice presidential candidate John Edwards came to court votes on their front lawn Aug. 22, Karon DeVinney reminded her daughter about the importance of being open-minded. Taylor, 8, adores George Bush. Her mother said, "This doesn't tell us who to vote for; we're just going to listen to his opinions." Now, like an estimated 2.6 million Americans, both Karon and Aaron DeVinney are undecided whom to vote for this fall. Recent polls foresee the closest presidential race since 1992 in North Carolina, where Democrats are actively campaigning to reach residents displeased with the Bush administration's efforts...