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Blitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 05:23 PM
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Gephardt inches ahead in Iowa
.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt has overtaken former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as the Democratic presidential front-runner in a new Des Moines Register poll of Iowans likely to take part in the Jan. 19 caucuses.

However, Gephardt's 7-percentage-point lead over Dean in the Iowa Poll appears a little wobbly. More of Dean's supporters say their minds are made up and they are certain of their participation in the Democratic caucuses, which launch the presidential nominating season for the nation.

The Iowa Poll, taken last week, shows Gephardt is the first choice of 27 percent of Iowans who say they definitely or probably will attend the precinct caucuses. Dean is the favorite of 20 percent. That's a gain of 6 percentage points for Gephardt and a 3-point drop for Dean since late July, when the last Iowa Poll on the race was taken.

more:

http://desmoinesregister.com/news/stories/c4789004/2268...

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spooked Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 05:39 PM
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1. I have to say Gephardt is looking more attractive to me too.
Edited on Sun Nov-09-03 05:39 PM by spooked
As a Clark fan, Gephardt is my second favorite candidate.
I'm actually happy about this.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 05:49 PM
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2. it`s iowa folks
and gephardt is from missouri ,which is right next to iowa,so why would`nt he poll well. if he didn`t he shouldn`t think about running.
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CMT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 06:13 PM
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3. going to go right down to the wire
and a lot will have to do with who turns out their supporters.
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Voltaire99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 06:44 PM
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4. Gephardt is a dead end
He'll neither inspire voters nor be able to combat Bush effectively after a lifetime of cozy political accomodation of Republicans.

I'm sure Dick's a nice enough fella with his heart in the right place. But as a presence he's cut from Mondale-Dukakis cloth, and would fare just as well.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 11:47 PM
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12. Gephardt will never be able to get past his picture in the Rose Garden
and some of us will make sure that no one forgets!

President, House Leadership Agree on Iraq Resolution

President George W. Bush along with bipartisan leaders from the House and Senate announced the Joint Resolution to authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces against Iraq. "The statement of support from the Congress will show to friend and enemy alike the resolve of the United States," President Bush said during the announcement in the Rose Garden, Wednesday, October 2, 2002. White House photo by Paul Morse.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/10/2002100...
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Hobarticus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-10-03 12:30 AM
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14. OUCH...that's gonna leave a mark!
I agree, I think Dick's a pleasant enough fellow, but he's been knocking around DC for quite awhile...if he was going to set the world on fire, when was he planning to get started?
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-10-03 02:23 AM
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16. Hey Gep!
Were you thinking what a "miserable failure" Bush was while you were standing there basking in his limelight?
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Eloriel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-10-03 12:26 AM
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13. Yeah, but he can lie about Dean, which is exactly what he's
been doing.

I heard him out and out lie about Dean's positions, several of them incuding Medicare, on one of the morning talk shows. Blatant, bald-faced lies.

Eloriel
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Racenut20 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 06:56 PM
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5. However
Governor/Doctor Dean could never carry Missouri or Iowa in November, which would be critical to winning the White House.
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robbedvoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 07:05 PM
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6. But, but - the media said the primary is over! I don't get it.
You mean there are other candidates running? NYT, Wash Post, CNN all but called the nomination. You mean, we have a voice in it too? :shrug:
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Gephard Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 11:45 PM
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11. Really
Gephardt's been around the track a time or two and he will be tough to beat. I expect Kerry to flame up again too.

My feeling is that the more people look at Dean as the front runner, the less they like him as the front runner. He's an "insurgent" candidate who has now become the "non-insurgent". That's my 2 cents anyway.
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Pavlovs DiOgie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 07:32 PM
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7. It'll be interesting to see
what the poll numbers are after the thousands of handwritten letters by Dean supporters take effect. I myself wrote 10, and I hope it wasn't in vain.
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Gephard Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 11:42 PM
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10. Do you think there may be some overkill?
I mean with all the "hand written" letters. Sometimes people are put off by too much of a push.
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Gephard Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 08:21 PM
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8. Hmmmmm, interesting.
We may have a race after all don't ya know?
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jenk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-09-03 09:39 PM
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9. imho, gephardt squeeks it out.
He's my #2 guy as well.
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kodi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-10-03 12:51 AM
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15. hope he does well his voice is needed.
of all the major candidates, gep is the one who always touches the traditional themes of the democratic party and the blue collar worker

since he has been in congress for years, i think that he could handle congress as good as any president since lbj.

he took a tough stance to take in the fall of 2002 to back bush, but had he as the house minority leader attacked bush, the congress would likely have even less democrats then it does now.

gep knows how to be a good president, but can he get us to believe him?
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