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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:13 PM
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Chaos Theory (What if all candidates are killed on eve of election?)
A terrorist attack on presidential candidates could throw the US into unprecedented political turmoil. So why do so few people want to talk about it?

WORST-CASE SCENARIO number one: It's the night before Election Day. Across America, voters turn on their televisions hoping to catch the final hours of the presidential campaign and instead hear the awful news. In coordinated attacks, terrorists have killed their favored candidates for both president and vice president. Now what?

Worst-case scenario number two: It's the day after Election Day and voters have clearly chosen the next president. Across America, local party members are making plans to travel to their state capitals and cast their usually ceremonial Electoral College votes when both members of the winning ticket are assassinated. What happens next?

The answer in both cases -- and several equally unpleasant variants: Nobody knows.

In recent weeks FBI Director Robert Mueller, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice have all warned that they expect Al Qaeda to try to time a strike inside the United States with the upcoming presidential election. Since the March bombings in Madrid, speculation about the impact of an attack on the outcome of the November election has become something of a whispered brain-teaser in Washington. And late last month, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would provide for quick special elections in the event that 100 or more of its members are killed in a catastrophic event.

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Burma Jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 12:58 PM
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1. We don't vote for Presidentail Candidates really..
We vote for Electors that are committed to them. So we would go ahead and vote for the Dead guy of our choice and the Electors would vote for whomever they wanted who would probably be whomever the party would designate as the replacement.
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