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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:07 AM
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Gephardt is not planning to endorse anyone
By Deirdre Shesgreen 2004, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
01/22/2004

WASHINGTON - Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., said Thursday that he was unlikely to endorse one of his former Democratic presidential rivals before Missouri's primary and might stay out of the nominating battle entirely.

In an interview with the Post-Dispatch at his campaign headquarters, Gephardt also reflected publicly for the first time on what went wrong with his campaign in Iowa, saying a fatal mix of crosscurrents swept his campaign off track - from the sense that he was yesterday's news to his last-minute mudslinging with Dean.

Looking relaxed and recharged since his announcement Tuesday in St. Louis that he would withdraw from the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, Gephardt did not seem eager to re-join the presidential fray by throwing his support to any of the contenders who are still battling it out.

"Obviously they all want your help in this thing," Gephardt said, saying that Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts had called him twice since he decided to drop out of the race. "But I'm not doing anything at this point and I may never do anything."

more: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/News/...
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vi5 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:11 AM
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1. Good for him. I think everyone has gone endorsement crazy..
When it comes time for people to support the actual nominee, people who were adamantly endorsing another candidate will look silly if they are now saying "Yeah, I was wrong about that. THIS guy is the best one."

I just think that the endorsements should wait.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:46 AM
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7. I agree with that sentiment, 100%.
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Monte Carlo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:14 AM
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2. I sense that Gephardt might be a little sick of Presidential politics.
Especially when he says there might be a good basketball game on instead of the debates.

I can't blame him. Months of acting all accomodating and friendly to thousands of total strangers, long days and little sleep might drive me nuts, especially after a disappointing showing.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:19 AM
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3. He threw his support behind Clark in New Mexico
Is he going to endorse on a state-by-state basis??
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:39 AM
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5. No, Gephardt did not throw any support to Clark in NM
Clark's campaign has hired four staffers that had worked on Gephardt's campaign in NM. These people no longer work for Gephardt and can work for whomever they want.
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Maddy McCall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:41 AM
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6. Thanks for clarifying
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:32 AM
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4. He's not sure
Edited on Fri Jan-23-04 09:33 AM by sirjwtheblack
I just talked to him in the elevator a few minutes ago. He told me he wasn't sure who was the right person to endorse yet. I think he's still pretty broken up about the whole thing (and rightfully so). I've seen him and talked to him a few times before... he was markedly a different man today.

Note: I work as a lobbyist in the same building as his campaign HQ (1620 L Street).
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justsam Donating Member (218 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 09:47 AM
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8. like Al
Edited on Fri Jan-23-04 09:57 AM by justsam
Sharpton stated, if your credit is good, you don't need a co-signer and a co-signer that couldn't get any votes. what we need is some big names to step up to the plate like the Clinton's to back a Kerry-Edwards ticket, then hope Don Imus will keep talking about Bush lien to the people when he said Saddam had missels pointed at Cleveland and N.Y. all set to fly.
( Clark) if a general or ex-gereral knew or heard that the President or anyone that he was running against was AWOL while in the military and claims he didn't ck it out for the truth, what else could someone tell him and he would let it fly over his head? he must have known that the question would be asked. He should have had a copy of the military records right in he pocket to whip on Jennings.the rest of the world has read the records, why not a general?
The GOP media is trying to sway the voters as always and they are pushing Bush. the Fox reporters look so damn pathetic when they set in front of the camera and praise Bush while trying to find some dirt on the Dems and all the time glancing to the side to see if their bosses are watching and listening.
I hope after NH the rest of the candidates will gracefully back out and put everything into getting Bush and his gang out of DC, hopefully Kerry will be the next pres and get an investigation going to see if any charges can be brought against Bush, Rumsfeld, Ascroft and the whole gang.it would be nice to see the whole gang setting in Guantanamo Bay begging to see a lawyer or member of their family. America and Americans may not be safe now, but the gang in the WH has done more to make sure that we aren't safe then anyone else.. JMHO

i always thought Richard Perle was a Bush Buddy, but heard and read that there are two things that he likes about G.W.Bush
(1) he is not very smart
(2) and he knows it
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