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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:24 PM
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BREAKING NEWS: Jack Kemp, a one-time vice-presidential nominee, has died
Edited on Sat May-02-09 09:33 PM by IDemo
Ex-quarterback and congressman was diagnosed with cancer

AP - updated 2 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Jack Kemp, the ex-quarterback, congressman, one-time vice-presidential nominee and self-described "bleeding-heart conservative" died Saturday.

His spokeswoman Bona Park and longtime friend and former campaign adviser Edwin J. Feulner confirmed that Kemp died after a lengthy illness.

Kemp had announced in January 2009 that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He said he was undergoing tests but gave no other detail.

Kemp, a former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills, represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30540404 /



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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:26 PM
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1. WOW
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:28 PM
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2. I'm sorry to hear this
Kemp was one of those Republicans I felt I could vote for in a pinch. While I was skeptical about his ideas, they were ideas and that was something most politicians never had, regardless of their stripes.

Besides, you have to admire a man who could run for office proclaiming, "I've taken showers with men most Republicans never meet."
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:31 PM
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3. wow
I guess I missed the announcement in January (or perhaps it had slipped my mind), so I'm quite surprised to hear this. Best thoughts to his family.
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:32 PM
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4. I missed it too, first I heard about him being sick
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Sheets of Easter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:33 PM
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5. He was among the few Repubs I could disagree with, yet not have a seething hatred for.
My thoughts are with his family.
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:35 PM
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6. He was a good quarterback .........
Beyond that, eh, life goes on ..............

:shrug:
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:36 PM
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7. Dang. RIP Congressman
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:38 PM
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8. sorry to hear this
he seemed like a decent man
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:40 PM
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9. That's a shame
Thoughts are with his family.
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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:42 PM
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10. An honest conservative
and one who did not play the rhetorical hyperbolic bullshit Rovian game at all.

I respect JAck Kemp immensely
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:43 PM
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11. This is shocking. I had no idea he had cancer.
Kemp was never my favorite politician but looking back in retrospect he was probably was one of the few sane Rethugs left around.
RIP, Mr. Kemp.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:46 PM
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12. How long will it be before the Right attacks him?
Jack Kemp wasn't an ideologue like most of the Repukes running around today. By noon tomorrow, Faux News will have a (D) behind his name and we'll hear about his contributions to "destroying the conservative revolution" or some shit.

This is from me: Kemp was one of the few decent Republicans left.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:46 PM
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13. I didn't know he was sick...RIP, Jack Kemp. nt
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:47 PM
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14. My condolences to his family and friends.
:-(
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:48 PM
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15. another decent republican gone
there`s not many left.....
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lib2DaBone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:49 PM
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16. I thought Republicans walked on water..Lived forever? God said so...
Not being insensitive..just fed up....
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:51 PM
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17. I may have disagreed with his politics
But he was smart as a tack (today's GOP does not honor intellectualism any more), honest and respectful of people who did not agree with him.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:52 PM
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18. i liked him. saw him in los cruces. we didnt have a clue he was going to be there
when he was running vice pres. we were staying in tourist area and he was there for a speech. was kinda fun.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:52 PM
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19. Fun to watch from the old afl days
I like to remember him as a player rather than a politician.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:54 PM
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20. RIP Congressman Kemp. My condolence to your family.
I disagreed with you twice as often as I agreed, but you deserved respect.

:patriot:

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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:57 PM
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21. he seemed to actually care about people
while I disagree with his politics, his basic sense of empathy was something I admired
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riverdale Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:07 AM
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34. Why would someone who cares about people
become a Republican? Seems like that is the opposite of what they stand for.
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Danger Mouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:58 PM
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22. My condolences to his family.
:(
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:00 PM
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23. rip......
:hug: :patriot:
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:01 PM
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24. He was a decent guy
RIP Jack Kemp.
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AwakeAtLast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:02 PM
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25. Condolences to the family
RIP.
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democrat2thecore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:15 PM
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26. RIP, Jack Kemp
He was part of a ticket in '96 that was hard to hate. Even Bob Dole today is considered a heretic within the Republican Party. Jack Kemp will be missed on the scene. He had voiced his problems with intolerance within the party last summer and I thought then how things have changed. RIP.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:24 PM
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27. He was WAAAY ahead of his party on race relations. nt
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Wednesdays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:14 PM
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28. Oh wow!
He's one politician I'd least expect to have had health problems.

Well, a salute to one good American. :patriot:

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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:16 PM
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29. RIP, Mr. Kemp
He was one of the better Republicans.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:54 PM
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30. RIP Mr. Kemp.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:15 AM
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31. My condolences to his family and friends
Godspeed, Congressman Kemp.
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lostnotforgotten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:44 AM
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32. RIP - Jack Kemp
eom
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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:01 AM
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33. RIP Jack Kemp
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