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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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  -Electability: John Kerry vs. John Edwards adamrsilva  Feb-19-04 11:50 AM   #0 
  - Pros....  NewYorkerfromMass   Feb-19-04 11:55 AM   #1 
  - Right  adamrsilva   Feb-19-04 11:56 AM   #2 
  - Good analysis...  MrBenchley   Feb-19-04 12:00 PM   #3 
  - "cancels each other out" hardly. There just 2 big negatives  DaisyUCSB   Feb-19-04 12:16 PM   #6 
  - Sure they do  MrBenchley   Feb-19-04 02:11 PM   #21 
  - They won't use crooked trial lawyers  Skwmom   Feb-19-04 12:43 PM   #13 
  - Edwards has the same quality of foreign policy experience as Kennedy  DaisyUCSB   Feb-19-04 12:09 PM   #4 
  - Kennedy was on the foreign relations commitee  adamrsilva   Feb-19-04 12:30 PM   #8 
     - He might if the republican nominee were someone other than Bush  DaisyUCSB   Feb-19-04 12:40 PM   #11 
  - Electability is a strange measure of a candidate  johnlal   Feb-19-04 12:10 PM   #5 
  - Right  StClone   Feb-19-04 12:28 PM   #7 
  - Well, I don't like either of them too much...  adamrsilva   Feb-19-04 12:31 PM   #9 
  - Values and "Electability" aren't mutually exclusive. . .n/t  emulatorloo   Feb-19-04 12:35 PM   #10 
  - No brainer  John_H   Feb-19-04 12:42 PM   #12 
  - I can see it all now  OKNancy   Feb-19-04 12:52 PM   #14 
  - Edwards has had a number of problems  Nicholas_J   Feb-19-04 01:04 PM   #15 
  - I see it like this.  poskonig   Feb-19-04 01:09 PM   #16 
  - Lurch vs. Gomez  PurityOfEssence   Feb-19-04 01:20 PM   #17 
  - Gomez is a really great band!  AP   Feb-19-04 01:22 PM   #18 
  - This debate is all these guys have going at this point...  edzontar   Feb-19-04 01:24 PM   #19 
  - A wealthy lawyer with no FP experience saw us through the Civil War.  Padraig18   Feb-19-04 01:29 PM   #20 
     - The Civil War had nothing to do with foreign nations  adamrsilva   Feb-20-04 03:40 PM   #22 

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