Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

May 21, 2004

by J

Delaying the Nomination

Kerry is considering delaying accepting his party's nomination in order to continue raising and spending money for as long as the Republicans will. The AP reports it reasonably straight -- this would result in more fairness than the current situation in which the Republicans have 5 weeks to spend primary funds while the Democrats are forced to use general election funds.

I emphatically support this idea.
John Kerry is considering delaying his acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's July convention so that he can keep spending the millions of dollars that he raised during the primaries, The Associated Press has learned.

If Kerry were to delay acceptance of his nomination for a month, he would even the playing field with President Bush (news - web sites), who is planning to accept the nomination at the Republican National Convention five weeks later. The party convention would still be held at the end of July, but Kerry would officially accept the nomination at a later date under such a plan.
I've been worried ever since I learned about the timing of the conventions about this problem. I think that this is a fair solution and I like that Kerry's willing to think unconventionally [sic - teehee!] about it.

Posted by J at May 21, 2004 03:02 PM

Yup, sounds fine to me.

And what are the Republicans going to say - "hey, he's trying to un-tilt the playing field"?

Posted by: V at May 21, 2004 03:38 PM

I agree, V. There's really nothing they can say without coming across as hypocrits.

Not only would this plan level the financial playing field... it would also give Kerry a bit more free visibility as the media covers the whole thing - further leveling the financial playing field. It's an astute move by the Kerry team IMO.

Posted by: Kevin at May 22, 2004 02:21 PM

Republicans coming across as hypocrites?

Surely you jest. LOL

You can bet your bottom dollar that the rightwing radio/tv spin cycle will be at it's zenith when Kerry delays the nomination.

Posted by: at May 24, 2004 11:10 AM

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