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POLITICS: John Kerry Picks John Edwards as Running Mate

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posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 06:28 AM
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In a press conference/rally in Pittsburgh, PA at approximately 9am EST on 7/6/04, Senator Kerry officially announced Edwards as his running mate and, if elected President, his VP.
John Edwards, a former Presidential candidate himself, is the Democratic Senator for North Carolina. He withdrew from the Presidential race on March 3rd, 2004.
The two will run on the Democratic ticket in the 2004 Presidential election.
 

Bloomberg

After the announcement, a large banner was unveiled reading "KERRY-EDWARDS For a Stronger Future." Supporters behind him waved Kerry-Edwards signs, and the signs were shown being passed to the large crowd gathered.

Kerry formally offered the spot to Edwards early this morning. Sen. Edwards and his family will meet with Kerry in Pittsburgh tonight, and the two will hold a press conference Wednesday.

Kerry took a jab at President Bush by saying that he and Edwards would never "send our young troops in harm's way ... without telling the American people the truth. We will not allow our soldiers to be held hostage to foreign oil." He implied less reliance on Middle East oil under his watch; he was not clear on if this meant alternative energy sources or domestic oil.

He promised education reform, healthcare reform and more jobs.

The rally wrapped up with the song "Johnny B. Goode" played over the loudspeakers.

Edwards campainged on the platforms of increased military compensation & benefits, strengthening the public school system, adoption rights for gay couples, national security without sacrificing freedoms, pro-death penalty, and fighting cyberterrorism, among others.

Related News Stories:
News14Charlotte.com
Reuters
USAToday.com
Sky.com


[edit on 7-7-2004 by Banshee]

[edit on 7-8-2004 by Valhall]




posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 06:37 AM
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CNN confirming Edwards as VP now though Kerry isn't scheduled to announce it until 9am and his website is still teasing for sign ups to get the scoop first.

But didn't we all know this last week when the Unions backed Edwards for VP? The Unions tell the Skull & Bones what to do.


I guess no one told the NY Post though:
[edit: NY Post spoil sports took down their Gephard VP announcement.]


[edit on 6-7-2004 by RANT]



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:34 AM
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Woo hoo! Kerry isn't as stupid as I thought he was.... and there I was thinking he'd choose Hillary....



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:45 AM
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this is good news for the Kerry campaign, John Edwards has a certain appeal and women voters do like good looking politicians, it makes the lies easier to swallow



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:47 AM
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O.K. So....What does this imply for the Democratic Ticket?

Brings in the Historic Southern Democrat, but does he reverse the trend of Southern Dems defecting to the Republican Party?

Edwards appeals to Women. So it has been said. Sounds shallow.

What do you folks have to say?



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:53 AM
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Even though Edwards reminds me of Damien from The Omen, he is (so far) much more tolerable than Cheney...

Let's hope this team is the lesser of the evils to take office.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:00 AM
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And it's official.

John Edwards, D-NC, is John Kerry's Presidential running mate.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:20 AM
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Can't wait to see Edwards debate Cheney! As a recent trial lawyer, and a darned good one(oxymoron?), Edwards will chew him up.


This should energize the Dems. They'll need it.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:23 AM
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interesting they should have NYP run with story first, again, games, games, games and not the olympic origin, or are they?


KERRY PICKS GEPHARDT

July 6, 2004 -- EXCLUSIVE
John Kerry has chosen Rep. Richard Gephardt, the veteran congressman from Missouri, to be his running mate, The Post has learned.

Gephardt, 63, a 28-year veteran of the House of Representatives, could be named by the presumptive Democratic nominee as the party's vice-presidential candidate as soon as today.

www.nypost.com...

*Mod edit: please do not copy-paste entire news articles to ATS. A snippet and a link will suffice.*


[edit on 6-7-2004 by Banshee]



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:28 AM
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Can you believe the Bush spin on this?


Senator Edwards delivers his pessimism with a southern drawl and a smile, but his message of a divided America rings hollow in the ears of an optimistic America that is united in meeting the tests of our times with strength and hope.


Yes, George...Edwards is a big fat pessimist.

www.georgewbush.com...

By the way, why did you replace all pictures of Cheney on your website with McCain just now?

WebSite Flip Flop?


[edit on 6-7-2004 by RANT]



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:32 AM
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New York Post: DEWEY WINS!


Heads will roll!



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 08:49 AM
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Way to go J. Kerry
, excellent choice for running-mate
.

Watch out Bush and Cheney, your xss is grass and the Kerry/Edwards is the lawn mower,
.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:02 AM
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Just what we need, another fewking lawyer in office. Doesn't surprise me though. The Democratic Party seems to be quite comforable with lawyers, no matter how badly lawyers have corrupted the legal system (once known as the justice system).



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:06 AM
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Originally posted by Ambient Sound
Just what we need, another fewking lawyer in office.


I guess all the oil barons were taken.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:10 AM
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The NYP really screwed the Pooch on this one...all in an effort to scoop the other newspapers.

Anyway, the Edwards announcement will give the Dems a big boost in the polls. The next big boost will be at the convention.

Then the Republicans will hold their convention and the polls will even out once again.

Kerry and Edwards do have one thing in common - neither man is very popular in his home state.

Earlier this year, Kerry remarked that that the job was not a place for "on-the-job-training", referring to Edwards. Edwards must have taken a crash course or two.

One good thing about Edwards joining Kerry - now the Kerry ticket has some personality in it. Kerry is about as interesting as watching paint dry.





posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:14 AM
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At least an oil baron knows how to run a business and made his money doing that rather than having the courts take money from someone who made it and give it to him.

Dude, say what you will. He's a trial lawyer. Know what that means? It means he is trained to put aside his morals and his knowledge of right and wrong at a moments notice as those things only get in the way of winning the case. As screwed up as our legal system is, do you really want someone trained and proficient in that arena to be making decisions that affect your life?



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:14 AM
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You know whats wierd. Kerry is from Massechutes Edwards is from North Carolina. Now who was in the superbowl.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:16 AM
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Milan, Italy, Jun. 6 (UPI) -- Among the 100 or so invitees to the annual Bilderberg conference under way Sunday in a northern Italy resort is potential U.S. vice president John Edwards.

OUTSTANDING: Another pod person from Bilderberg

see "pod people" in movie: "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"


washingtontimes.com...



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:26 AM
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Originally posted by Ambient Sound
Dude, say what you will. He's a trial lawyer. Know what that means? It means he is trained to put aside his morals and his knowledge of right and wrong at a moments notice as those things only get in the way of winning the case. As screwed up as our legal system is, do you really want someone trained and proficient in that arena to be making decisions that affect your life?

Yes, as John has proven time and again in his highly selective and ethical case selections. His cases were about families and ONLY sought JUSTICE from corrupt corporations that traditionally hide behind Republican coat tails. So YES, YES, YES....I chose Davie over Goliath anyday.

He's even proposed taking on lawyers with unprecedented reforms like DISBARRING laywers proven to bring frivolous lawsuits. For all intensive purposes, if you hate corrupt trial lawyers...then John should be your hero for setting a shining example of what a GOOD trail lawyer should be.

If you can excuse how Cheney and Bush made their money, then I seriously don't see how you could have any ethical dilema with Edwards.



posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 09:40 AM
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Originally posted by Ambient Sound

Dude, say what you will. He's a trial lawyer. Know what that means? It means he is trained to put aside his morals and his knowledge of right and wrong at a moments notice as those things only get in the way of winning the case. As screwed up as our legal system is, do you really want someone trained and proficient in that arena to be making decisions that affect your life?


Hmmm.

Better to have someone trained and proficient in any area rather than a couple of chimps running the show.



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