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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 09:09 AM
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Governor plans to vote for Kerry
Governor to cast ballot for Kerry
Rebecca Huntington 08/27/04, Jackson Hole News & Guide

Gov. Dave Freudenthal plans to vote for John Kerry in the upcoming presidential election, but thats not to say the states top leader intends to stump for the Democratic challenger, Freudenthal said Thursday.

It is my intention to vote for Sen. Kerry, Freudenthal said during a telephone press conference when asked by reporters who he would vote for in November. Freudenthal cited the Patriot Act, federal deficit and Supreme Court appointments as reasons for supporting Kerry.

Freudenthal stressed that he was speaking as a private citizen and voter and not as a politician intending to wield his clout to lure voters to the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Freudenthal, a Democrat in a Republican state, had created a stir by hesitating to endorse his own partys ticket for the presidential race. He had said he wasnt sure it would benefit Wyoming to pick a side.

The governor reiterated Thursday that formally endorsing Kerry would be pointless because Wyoming votes wont make a difference in that race. Underscoring that point, the Kerry-Edwards campaign focused on states that could swing the election have not even contacted the governor for his support, Freudenthal said. The state usually votes Republican and has three electoral votes.

Im just guessing, but I dont think Wyoming is in play, he said. Freudenthal favors Kerry, in part, because the governor does not like the Patriot Act, which goes too far, he said. As a former prosecutor,

Freudenthal said the U.S. government has legal tools to go after terrorists without the act, which critics say erodes civil liberties. Kerry voted for the Patriot Act but now says he would let it expire.

On another legal matter, Freudenthal said he is worried about potential Supreme Court appointments. The Bush administration has fought with Democrats in Congress over conservative judicial nominees.

Freudenthal also said that Kerry appears more poised than President Bush to deal with a growing federal deficit.

Ive heard more from Kerry about it than I have from Bush, he said.

As the government tries to reconcile the deficit, cuts in federal spending are likely and that could translate into less money for states, Freudenthal said. For example, federal spending on highways and other programs could shrink, he said.

Freudenthal acknowledged that he was worried early on about Kerrys stance on energy policy. But the governor said he is more comfortable with the candidate now because Kerry has endorsed long-term investments in developing clean-coal technology.

Wyoming is the nations top coal producing state, and coal is an abundant resource that should factor into the nations energy future, Freudenthal said.

The Iraq war, meanwhile, was not a factor in his decision, he said. Freudenthal said both Bush and Kerry have similar stances on finishing the war and bringing troops home as soon as possible.

As much as people are trying to draw distinctions, he said, it seems to me theres more argument about who owns the flag.

More than the individual, events are going to dictate American foreign policy options, he said.
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rogerashton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 09:12 AM
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1. Wyoming folks!
How about showing the world that this stereotyping is false?
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 09:17 AM
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2. I've started a flame war in the Wyoming board!
I'd love to see Wyoming go Dem this fall. I wasn't sure how many people came to this board, but found the article and wanted to post it. Thought it was kinda cool for a governor of a traditionally republican state to endorse Kerry.
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childslibrarian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 09:36 AM
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3. I think this is good news
The economy. the Patriot Act, energy policy, many of the independent voters issues....
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LDS Jock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-29-04 10:40 AM
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4. Its hard to argue with the issues he gives
for his reasons to vote against bush and for Kerry. If only the repubs could open their eyes to take a look at it with an open mind.
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WyoBlueDog Donating Member (43 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 05:49 AM
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5. Ahh, nostalgia.
I remember when Dave said he'd vote for Kerry but not endorse him. That's why he's still the 3rd most popular Democratic governor in the nation. He's more politically astute than people think.
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