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adamrsilva Donating Member (636 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-19-04 11:50 AM
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Electability: John Kerry vs. John Edwards
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John Kerry
Pros: Experience, war record, no spending limits
Cons: Voting record - politician with a capital "P"

-Others say Kerry will be called a "Massachusetts liberal" and be hit for his anti-war protesting, and he will, but I believe Kerry can withstand those Republican attacks. No, his main problem is his 19-year voting record of which Republicans, as fellow Democrats have, will use to say Kerry has a history of voting one way and then going against his own position later. Also, Kerry has a lack of big, exciting ideas and his newfound anti-special interests populism doesn't work like it did for Dean or Edwards. These are much greater liabilities.

John Edwards
Pros: Southern, moderate, anti-NAFTA, populist
Cons: No foreign policy experience

-Again, people will say his too young and inexperienced, but so was Kennedy, but he had a military record/foreign policy experience, Edwards doesn't.

People consider jobs the most important issue, but that doesn't mean the war won't be a major issue too (it will be), and Bush will hit Edwards hard on the fact he has no foreign policy experience, and it would work. For this reason, I think Kerry is the best choice and also because of his ability to withstand Republican attacks (and will have the money to back it up). Edwards would be a great help as VP though, and could easily make a run for president later after gaining a little more experience.


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