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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:48 PM
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Teresa Heinz Kerry formerly a registered Republican
She said in her ABC 20/20 interview she was a registered Rethug until a year ago. I can't wait to here the Freepers insane rants about this one

Her husband, Sen. John Kerry, is the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, but Heinz Kerry was a registered Republican until just last year.

Beyond Heinz Kerry's substantial wealth she's said to have a personal fortune of $500 million her most notable trait as a political wife may be that she says exactly what she's thinking. "I'm a real person. I may not be what everybody would like to see, but it's real," she tells ABCNEWS' Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview airing on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m.

Widow of H. John Heinz III, she is no stranger to the political spotlight and the scrutiny that comes with it. Her first husband, H. John Heinz III, sole heir to the Heinz ketchup and food fortune, served nearly 20 years in Congress as a Republican congressman and senator from Pennsylvania before his death in a 1991 plane crash.

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/Politics/Teresa_Hei...
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Mattforclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:49 PM
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1. So???
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Dr Fate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:51 PM
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2. So was I, until about 8 months ago...
...big deal.
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OKNancy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 04:04 PM
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37. Wow
Is that right? Who woulda thunk it? I think you are a damn fine Democrat ( even if you registed Indy )
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MAlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:51 PM
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3. Yeah...people change their views...
super...

So was Arianna Huffington, no she's the darling of the left. So what?
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:52 PM
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4. I don't care what freepers think...do you?
Edited on Thu May-06-04 06:52 PM by maddezmom
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:12 PM
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20. Freepers think?
Gol-olly sarge!
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:52 PM
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5. Don't feed the Trolls!
:)
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:06 PM
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18. i...just...can't...help it sometimes. please help me. please, for the chil
...

oh, damn it, did it again.
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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:53 PM
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6. No
I was just trying to put out there what I thought the next controversy might be. Sorry
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:56 PM
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10. ooooookayyyyy....yah, sure, thats the ticket
transparent as hell.
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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:58 PM
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11. Why do some of you
Edited on Thu May-06-04 07:00 PM by wubbathompson
Villify those of us who are new here. Just because I don't have a thousand posts doesn't make me bad. At least give me a chance to work to it. Sheesh. Furthermore, look at some of the other thread titles. So many people talk about Kerry's weaknesses and I was just trying to offer what I thought could be potentially seen as one.
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:00 PM
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14. sniff...sniff sniff...
i'm sorry, i know ya got a job to do...just start doin' it better.
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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:01 PM
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15. Have a bad day today?
Every else here is being polite so go somewhere else
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ret5hd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:03 PM
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16. heheheh...don't worry...it's not any worse than frat house hazing
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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:04 PM
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17. Why don't you go toast the poster on the Latest Breaking News page
Edited on Thu May-06-04 07:05 PM by wubbathompson
Who posted that Teresa Kerry either had an abortion or was going to? Oh wait, she has a thousand posts. She must be ok then.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:59 PM
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13. This makes her a perfect role model for millions of others.
(when they WAKE THE FUCK UP!)
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:53 PM
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7. We Have One More Vote!


I am delighted that she saw the light and married a handsome,intelligent Democrat.

We love her!!!!

Eat your hearts out Rethugs
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:54 PM
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8. Good! Our country needs far more former republicans...
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:56 PM
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9. And we Democrats ought to welcome former Republicans to our party.
I hope there will be legions.
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pacifictiger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:59 PM
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12. yes, I dare
the thugs to go after her history - you know during the time she was the wife of a distinguished republican legislator.

On the note of wives, did anyone else see GlomWit on his bus tour the other day. He started talking about how great a first lady Laura was "because she reads books to kids."
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bluedog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:09 PM
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19. Barb Bush says::::

For me, abortion is a personal issue - between the mother, father and doctor.... Abortion is not a presidential matter."
--Barbara P. Bush, from her autobiography "Barbara Bush: A Memoir"
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:34 PM
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21. Welcome to DU Wubbathompson
Edited on Thu May-06-04 07:41 PM by Tinoire
Never mind anyone jumping on you.

There are many people who are concerned with Kerry's ties to big money- both his personal ones as a Forbes Kerry & his wife's as a Heinz. Her first husband, Republican Senator John Heinz, seems more like a Democrat than a lot of Democrats do today.

It saddens me that I'm fonder of John Heinz, bio here, a Republican, & Teresa than I am of Kerry. I don't think it matters anymore whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. What really matters now is whether you're a Neo. Neo-liberal Democrats and neo-conservative Republicans pushing for the "New World" are the real problem IMO.

It's extremely ironic that just two weeks before he died, Senator John Heinz specifially critized Kerry over Gulf War One.

Here's an excerpt from a piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on February 29, 2004 by Dennis Roddey:
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"Thirteen years ago, Walter Carter, of Newton, Mass., wrote to his senator and asked him to support military action to expel Saddam Hussein's troops from Iraq. As a vote neared, Carter faxed his letter to the office of John Kerry and, just to be sure, sent it along by regular mail as well.

A few days later, Kerry wrote back to thank Carter for opposing military action against Iraq and told him he had voted "no" on the resolution to give then-President George H.W. Bush the go-ahead.

<snip>

A few days later, Carter got another letter from Kerry. The Senator thanked Carter for supporting Bush on Iraq.

    "From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf," Kerry wrote.


<snip>

At the time the first George Bush was still flush with victory in the Persian Gulf, and dinnergoers chortled over a videotaped presentation of assorted senate Democrats backpedaling in the wake of a war they'd opposed. Ted Kennedy was shown. News clips were shown. But for Kerry, the speaker simply read the two letters, to everyone's amazement.

"It's like those before-and-after pictures they print in the papers," the speaker said. "If they didn't tell you so themselves, you'd think they were different people."

Kerry has to remember that one. The speaker was Sen. John Heinz. Two weeks later, he would die in a plane crash. Four years after that, Kerry would marry his widow -- a woman who speaks directly and without equivocation and doesn't need two sets of letters to make her mind known.

<snip>

http://www.post-gazette.com/columnists/20040229roddycol...
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wubbathompson Donating Member (211 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:46 PM
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22. Thanks for the kind words
I'm glad to be here and really enjoy the conversations. I can't believe Kerry wrote those letters. That is crazy, but it looks like he is the only choice to get out what I view as a neo-conservative.
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rasputin1952 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:07 PM
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29. Welcome to DU wubbathompson
:toast: :hi:

:)
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:47 PM
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23. So was Hilary n/t
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:28 PM
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24. Mature adults can admit when they make mistakes.
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HuskerDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:47 PM
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25. One more reason to like her. To tell you the truth I'd rather elect HER
as the next President but I believe John Kerry can do a good job and make a fine president. I'm tired of the divisiveness and the US vs. THEM in this country. It's fine to disagree about points of view but thanks to Rush and infotainment media we no longer see each other as human.

I keep waiting for the day some freeper blows a circuit and shows up at a peace rally with a semi-automatic because Hannity or one of the other nut-jobs has sent them over the edge talking about liberals being terrorists who hate America.

I won't hate anyone just because they have an R by their name. It's childish, shortsighted and petty. I'll leave that kind of behavior to the likes of Ann Coulter.
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nator311 Donating Member (83 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:14 PM
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26. so
I was a republican until about 6 years ago. Howard Dean was once a republican, same with Hillary Clinton, Clark, etc.
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MTG250 Donating Member (12 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:19 PM
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27. Newsweek
had a large article about her in it a few weeks ago. It was pretty good and I learned much more about Teresa Heinz Kerry, and frankly, I liked most of what I read.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 08:58 AM
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30. Hi MTG250!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 09:45 PM
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28. Teresa's tops
You can't touch her with this nonsense.
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liberalron Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 09:53 AM
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31. Some here seem to view this as their private domain
and seem to have modeled their approach after that of the neo-cons who ''Squat" on Left leaning weblogs.
It would seem to me that there are a lot of Republicans who could be asking themselves, "Is this the Republican party that I joined?". It is not the party of their "greatest" presidents. It is not the party of Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, or even Goldwater and Nixon.
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liberalron Donating Member (116 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 09:57 AM
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32. and.......
In the words of another Republican President:
"If you want to get rid of poverty, get rid of the plutocracy."
Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes
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Kanary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-04 01:51 AM
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40. Hi liberalron!
Welcome to DU!

:hi: :hi: :hi:

:toast:

That's a wonderful quote..... Thank you for posting it.

Kanary
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 10:38 AM
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33. and her late hubby was a Skull & Bonesman, just like Kerry
She must have this thrill thing with the S & B types.
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mdguss Donating Member (631 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 02:04 PM
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34. She was a very independent Republican:
Edited on Fri May-07-04 02:06 PM by mdguss
She has a strong dislike for Senator Santorum. In 2000, I believe she endorsed Ron Klink over Santorum. She also endorsed Ed Rendell for Governor when she was (nominally) still a Republican. The Republican Party in Pennsylvania wanted her out, and they were practically doing backflips when she switched. She did support some Republican candidates for office in and around Pittsburgh, but they were all moderate, Arlen Specter types.

John Heinz was a moderate, very good Senator from Pennsylvania. He was the kind of Republican that could work across the aisle, and he always had the best interest of the country in mind. It is truly a tragedy that he passed away in a plane crash. He would've been a wonderful president (and he, not W., probably would've won in 2000).

The fact that Theresa Heinz, and her son Chris are Dmocrats is more a reflection on the fact that the Republican moderate is becoming extinct. They're both strongly for John Kerry. They're both immensly talented. And all of us Democrats are fortunate to have them as members of our party.
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LabMonkey Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 03:02 PM
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35. She creeps me out. (no text)
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-04 03:29 PM
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36. Why?
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LabMonkey Donating Member (72 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-04 12:51 AM
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38. Pre-nup with John, changed parties. Admitted to botox. no text
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Borgnine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-04 01:08 AM
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39. "Oh my God! SHE'S A FLIP-FLOPPER TOO!"
Or so the Freepers will say.

Wasn't Laura Bush a Democrat before she was seduced by Chimpy McCokespoon? If so, then nobody can say a damn thing about this (not that there should be anything to say in the first place).
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Piperay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-04 05:08 AM
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41. Welcome wubbathompson
:hi:
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Ramsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-04 10:24 AM
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42. So was I
But I am damn good Democrat now. I regsistered democrat the day Gore conceded to bush. But I hadn't voted for a Republican for over ten years prior to that. It doesn't matter how you are registered, just what you believe and how you vote.
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