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RINGLEADER
10-20-2004, 12:47 PM
I hope they follow through with this plan - especially if Bush has won decisively...it will make Kerry look like a complete fool and the Democrats as the desperate lot they really are. I'm starting to sense that the Dem strategy will be to point at ANY votes that are struck down (regardless if they are from registered voters, were made legally, or should count by any reasonable measure) as evidence to support the growing chorus from the left that there is no way Kerry can lose if every vote is counted:


WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John Kerry has a simple strategy if the presidential race is in doubt on Nov. 3, the day after the election: Do not repeat Al Gore's mistakes.

Unlike the former vice president, who lost a recount fight and the 2000 election, Kerry will be quick to declare victory on election night and begin defending it. He also will be prepared to name a national security team before knowing whether he's secured the presidency.

"The first thing we will do is make sure everybody has an opportunity to vote and every vote is counted," said Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. "We will be ready to hit the ground running and begin a fresh start in this country, given that so many critical issues are before us."

The prospects for another contested election grow with every poll showing the race neck and neck.

Gore prematurely conceded the 2000 race to George W. Bush, then had to retract his concession after aides said Florida wasn't lost. He never declared victory, an omission Kerry's advisers - many of whom worked for Gore - now believe created a sense of inevitability in voters' minds about Bush's presidency.

Gore didn't plan for the legal showdown, though few could have predicted it before Election Day. And he watched as Bush seized political advantage during the 36-day recount by publicly discussing a transition to the White House.

Not this time, promise Kerry's advisers. If there is doubt about the results, they will fight without delay.

Six so-called "SWAT teams" of lawyers and political operatives will be situated around the country with fueled-up jets awaiting Kerry's orders to speed to a battleground state. The teams have been told to be ready to fly on the evening of the election to begin mounting legal and political fights. No team will be more than an hour from a battleground.

The Kerry campaign has office space in every battleground state, with plans so detailed they include the number of staplers and coffee machines needed to mount legal challenges.

"Right now, we have 10,000 lawyers out in the battleground states on Election Day, and that number is growing by the day," said Michael Whouley, a Kerry confidant who is running election operations at the Democratic National Committee.

While the lawyers litigate, political operatives will try to shape public perception. Their goal would be to persuade voters that Kerry has the best claim to the presidency and that Republicans are trying to steal it.

Democrats are already laying the public relations groundwork by pointing to every possible voting irregularity before the Nov. 2 election and accusing Republicans of wrongdoing.

On Election Day, Whouley will head the so-called "boiler room," probably in Washington, that tracks vote counts and ensures Kerry doesn't concede too soon. Whouley was the aide who, after noticing Florida was too close to call in 2000, called Gore's team in Tennessee and told them to put the brakes on the concession speech.

Campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill will be with Kerry in Boston, where they will field Whouley's calls.

Jim Johnson, who headed Kerry's vice presidential search team, former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman and longtime Kerry aide David McKean lead the team planning Kerry's transition to the White House.

Aides say the transition process is behind schedule, but Kerry will be ready to name a national security team shortly after the election. They say he has candidates in mind, but is reluctant to discuss the transition while campaigning.

The advisers spoke on condition of anonymity because Kerry wants the focus to be on his campaign for now.

The plan to quickly name a national security team is partly practical (at a time of war, continuity is necessary) and political, aides said, because if there is another recount Kerry will want to show he's ready to take power.

Amid the tumult of the 2000 recount, Bush sought to make his presidency appear as a matter of time by leaking word of his national security team and bringing news cameras into his transition meetings. Gore and his staff were more reluctant to talk about the appointment process.

Kerry's advisers say Bush would have a natural political advantage in a recount in this election because he is the president, with a national security team in place and a public relations spotlight that comes with the White House.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20041020/D85R51DG3.html

Hel'n
10-20-2004, 12:51 PM
Sounds like a good plan to me...

Unless, of course, it's a blowout...

... for Kerry...

Amnorix
10-20-2004, 12:56 PM
Frankly, it's sad that it has come to this --- having swat teams of lawyers etc.

Soupnazi
10-20-2004, 12:58 PM
Frankly, it's sad that it has come to this --- having swat teams of lawyers etc.

Absolutely. I weep at the thought of having every election going forward being contested for months in the courts.

How far are we going to take all this crap? Should we go through every precinct in the nation looking for chads?

Ugly Duck
10-20-2004, 01:40 PM
Kerry Campaign Vows To Claim Victory Regardless Of the Results On Election NightWhoa! This is the biggest news ever to hit the United States!! If what RingyDingy says is accurate.... the Kerry camp intends to stage a coup if they lose! If they declare victory after losing, that means Kerry will be falsely claiming the Presidency! Thats a dang coup!!! Ashcroft will be raiding the Kerry headquarters and arresting the treasonists real soon - you can bet on that!

That.... or maybe RingyDingy is slanting the story to fit his agenda again....

Cochise
10-20-2004, 01:44 PM
:rolleyes: dear lord. Is this what we are reduced to?

ROYC75
10-20-2004, 01:49 PM
This election for president every 4 years is BS.

They should make it every 8 years, at the end of the 8th year, you have 2 new canidates.

Stinger
10-20-2004, 01:56 PM
This election for president every 4 years is BS.

They should make it every 8 years, at the end of the 8th year, you have 2 new canidates.

Got to disagree there. Keep the current system and add term limits to Congress.

The only reason this is happening is because of a close election that people can't let go of.

ROYC75
10-20-2004, 02:04 PM
Got to disagree there. Keep the current system and add term limits to Congress.

The only reason this is happening is because of a close election that people can't let go of.


Think about this, every president/ party has a plan, problem is it takes time to impliment the plan into the economy, other issues, etc... usually taking 2 - 3 years to see any kind of growth / change.

By the time 4 year terms come around, people are still fuss'n over it has taken to long to work or it won't work, that it throws the elections into a free for all fight !

I started a thread to hear comments about it....

I can see the pro's and the con's with it.

Just a thought.

mlyonsd
10-20-2004, 02:07 PM
Got to disagree there. Keep the current system and add term limits to Congress.



Couldn't agree more.

Duck Dog
10-20-2004, 04:11 PM
Frankly, it's sad that it has come to this --- having swat teams of lawyers etc.


I agree. Our political process is becoming a joke. We have officially become a country that revolves around lawsuits and litigation.

WoodDraw
10-20-2004, 05:40 PM
The first thing I'd do if elected is push a complete voting reform package. It is obvious that the people are losing faith with the current system and something needs to be done. Another mess this year would just further show that. Our voting process is moving further and further away from what a democratic election should be.