Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Compare and Contrast - WaPo v. NYPo

And here's the skinny from the Washington Post
Kerry Taps Edwards for Running Mate

By Dan Balz and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 6, 2004; 7:58 AM

Sen. John F. Kerry has selected Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate, a Democratic source said early today.

Kerry informed Edwards of the decision in brief telephone call this morning and will make the public announcement at a rally in downtown Pittsburgh later this morning. The news also was released on Kerry's web site. The two will campaign together later today and this week.

Kerry and Edwards will team up against President Bush and Vice President Cheney in an election that already is one of the most intensive and negative in recent memory. Polls show Kerry and Bush running roughly even at this stage.

Edwards, 51, a wealthy former trial lawyer and first-term senator, was the last candidate standing against Kerry in the battle for the Democratic nomination earlier this year after igniting his candidacy with a surprise second-place finish to the Massachusetts senator in the Iowa caucuses.

His lone victory in the primaries came in his home state of South Carolina, but he made a lasting impression on many Democrats with his powerful message decrying the "two Americas," divided between the wealthy and the rest of the population, prompting some in the party to compare his campaign skills with those of former President Bill Clinton.

Democratic strategists said Edwards would add energy and excitement to the Democratic campaign, bring southern regional appeal to a ticket headed by a Bostonian and help Kerry woo suburban and swing voters in battleground states in the Midwest and elsewhere.


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