Thu Sep 23 2004 10:36:12 ET
John Kerry found himself speechless Wednesday, a serious predicament for a candidate for president.
The Des Moines Register reports: Laryngitis forced the Democratic nominee to dump plans to campaign in eastern Iowa today. Instead, his running mate, John Edwards, will take his place at a town hall-style event in Davenport and a rally in Cedar Rapids, campaign aides said.
Kerry "strained his voice. He's going to be resting his voice for the debate," said the candidate's Iowa spokesman, Colin Van Ostern.
The first of three nationally televised presidential campaign debates is Sept. 30 in Florida. The others follow quickly - Oct. 8 in St. Louis and Oct. 13 in Tempe, Ariz.
One has to wonder, did he really lose his voice, or did someone on the campaign staff finally convince him that when he speaks, he only hurts his own chances to win? As I'm sure they all know by now, Edwards is the guy that they should have run anyway, so letting him speak can't be that bad of a thing. (certainly can't be worse than Kerry speaking - have you seen the polls in the "battlegrounds" of Missouri and Ohio lately?)
Think this idea is a little too crazy or too "out there?" (or do you just thik that Kerry isn't that smart? :) Perhaps. But, remember, he did just flat out stop speaking to news reporters alltogether for over a month there - so he's gotta know that his best chance at winning is to STFU.
Posted by jkhat at September 23, 2004 10:45 AM
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|# March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM Converted_Comment|
If you're wrong, so was I. That's the first thing I thought when I read that.