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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:58 PM
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Bush's 2004 campaign formally begins in Minnesota
Bush's 2004 campaign formally begins in Minnesota
Bob von Sternberg, Star Tribune

Published September 23, 2003 BUSH23



Minnesota's Republican hierarchy formally kicked off President Bush's reelection bid in a state where he came surprisingly close to winning in 2000, vowing he will manage to do so in 2004.

"This is a state we think we can win," Ken Mehlman, campaign chairman of Bush-Cheney '04, said during a news conference in St. Paul. The fact that Minnesota is one of only eight or 10 states where Mehlman has personally rolled out Bush's statewide campaign "reflects how important this state is and how confident we are," he added.

Briefing materials prepared for campaign workers show precisely how Bush strategists think they can win a state that has for decades been considered a lock for Democratic presidential candidates.

Spreadsheets prepared by the campaign show that campaign managers are counting on winning 1,369,009 of the 2,684,332 votes they project to be cast next year, which would give Bush 51 percent. (snip/...)

http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/6819898....

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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:00 PM
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1. Large Green vote in MN in '00 pulled votes from Gore
I guarantee you most of those votes will end up in the D column next time. * will be lucky to get 40% of the vote in this state in '04.
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:08 PM
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2. OMG. As a Minnesotan I will take a personal interest in the anti-bush
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 09:09 PM by gully
campaign.

I feel like the aliens have landed in MN. First Wellstone's gone (conveniently) :tinfoilhat: then, Pawlenty/Coleman are elected, now this!? GRRRR!

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zekeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:09 PM
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3. Pawlenty and Coleman Co-Chairs
Hopefully they will lend their inept hands to running Bush's titanical campaign and leave my friggin' state alone!
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:11 PM
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4. I'm making up flyers soon, with facts to offend everyone about Bush*
I will be asking for help in distribution from DU 'ers all over, but us Minnesotans should take a special interest.

Once the flyers are made, I'm gonna contact the unions etc.. Perhaps some that have lost jobs can help?

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zekeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:29 PM
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6. Give me a PM sometime
when you get stuff fixed up. We are still employed, but pissed. Down Rochester-Austin way, would like to give you a hand.
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northernsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:54 PM
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14. good to hear from Greater Minnesota
Roch. / Austin were considered to be 'Red' territory even in the old days. I've got a lot of family in Faribault and Owatonna, and they want Governor Timmy's head on a pike!

trust me, they're not going to gain one inch of ground in this state on our watch!
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MnFats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:17 PM
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12. I'm in, too. I refuse to let that asshole take my state.
Edited on Tue Sep-23-03 12:23 PM by MnFats
gimme a message.
does anybody remember in '92 when "Spy" magazine printed "1,000 reasons not to vote for George Bush?" we need to put together something like that.
Actually, I still have a copy of the original. GW is mentioned in a bunch, and there's a lot of others that can be copied almost verbatim!

I would be soooo ashamed if Bush took Minnesota.


(But hey, did you hear that the right-wing asshole of the airwaves, Jason Lewis, is leaving KSTP to go back to No. Carolina? that's good news right there....)
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:23 PM
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5. Wonder if they've gotten
the promise from diebold? "Spreadsheets prepared by the campaign show that campaign managers are counting on winning 1,369,009 of the 2,684,332 votes they project to be cast next year, which would give Bush 51 percent. (snip/...)"
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FlemingsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:34 PM
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7. The beginning of the end... (n/t)
Dems
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Nottingham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:55 PM
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8. I was dissapointed in Minn. I hope Bush doesn't get this state
:bounce:
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:27 PM
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9. If they want to campaign for Minn.
then the Democratic nominee, hopefully Clark, should launch an all out effort to carry Texas, yes Texas. Do staged media events in the whitest of white suburbs surrounding Houston and Dallas. Pour tens of millions into ad campaigns in every media market. Blanket the state with precinct walkers, phone banks, GOTV drives and lawn signs. Embarass * into being forced to campaign to win Texas.
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 11:57 PM
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10. Then He'd Better Bring A Frying Pan
Because more than a few eggs will be coming his way:


A Star Tribune Minnesota Poll this month found that 31 percent of self-described conservatives gave Bush a thumbs down for the way he's doing his job. That was up from 9 percent who disapproved in April, days after the fall of Baghdad. The current disapproval rate among conservatives is the highest the Minnesota Poll has recorded in Bush's presidency.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/587/4108353.html
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Seneca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:06 AM
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11. it's like shitting on Paul's grave
:grr:
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northernsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:57 PM
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15. actually, that's exactly what it is
which means they're gonna get a good old prairie populist pitchfork rammed up their keisters when they bend over to do the deed...

:evilgrin:

the gauntlet has been thrown down, friends. Let us rise to the challenge.
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northernsoul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:51 PM
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13. thanks the motivation, MinnePukes
I will do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen, and that you smarmy pukes are utterly humiliated in this state!

:nuke:
it ain't gonna happen on my watch
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Neutrino Donating Member (609 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 12:58 PM
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16. Bush's Campaign Call-Center in India---

must be doing their job, drumming up Bucks for Bozo. Just the fact
that he has the audacity of doing something as unpatriotic as that
should get the attention of good Democratic candidates. It's
outrageous, but then---God must have ok'd it directly to Bush in
a vision.
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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-23-03 02:14 PM
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17. I don't think he'll win here.
Norm only won because Paul died a week before the election.
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