Kerry-Edwards Hits The Road; Polls Up
My God, things are changing. Pigs are flying, and hell may be freezing over. How do I know this? With Edwards aboard, John Kerry is now demonstrating a sense of humor and good comebacks to the Bush attacks.
Kerry struck back hours later at a rally in Dayton, Ohio.
"He doesn't have a record to run on, he's just got a record to run away from, and he's attacking everyone," Kerry said of Bush. He said Edwards has "more experience than George Bush and better judgment than ... when he became president."
Bush "was right that Dick Cheney was ready to take over on day one, and he did and has been ever since, folks, and that's what we have got to change," Kerry said.
Earlier, Kerry's campaign said Bush was "hitting the panic button."
"America can do better," an upbeat Kerry said at a lakefront rally in Cleveland as he and Edwards and their families stood in a light rain under a banner declaring "A New Team for a New America."
"I want you to know we think this is a dream ticket. We've got better vision. We've got better ideas. We've got real plans. We've got a better sense of what's happening to America," Kerry said.
"And," Kerry added with a grin, "We've got better hair. I'll tell you, that goes a long way."
Even the skeptical media is noticing that Kerry now appears more relaxed with Edwards than he did flying solo. And the NBC poll showed an immediate bounce, and that more of those polled would want Edwards to be president than Pottymouth Dick. A quarter of those polled said Edwards selection would make them more likely to vote for Kerry, with over sixty percent saying it won’t change their vote. So the pick not only did no damage, it will also pick up some votes in a close election.
According to the poll, which was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, a Kerry-Edwards ticket gets support from 49 percent of registered voters, while President Bush and Vice President Cheney get 41 percent, and independent Ralph Nader and running mate Peter Camejo get 4 percent. In a two-way race, Kerry-Edwards leads Bush-Cheney, 54 percent to 43 percent.
A nice bounce, and now Kerry and Edwards need to get on the road to cement it in before the convention. Having Kerry be more relaxed can only help. And according to Knight-Ridder, Kerry is in much better shape now that Gore was in 2000, and Kerry plans to use others as surrogates to do the dirty work while he stays positive.
Finally, the Tier Two campaign!