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Kerry alleges misconduct in 2004 Ohio vote

August 29, 2006

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John Kerry didn't contest the results at the time, but now that he's considering another run for the White House, he's alleging election improprieties by the Ohio Republican who oversaw the deciding vote in 2004.

 

An e-mail from Kerry will be sent to 100,000 Democratic donors Tuesday asking them to support U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland for governor of Ohio. The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland's opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush's honorary Ohio campaign co-chairman and the state's top election official.

 

"He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote," Kerry says in the e-mail, according to a copy provided in advance.

 

Kerry, D-Massachusetts, conceded the election when he lost Ohio and its 20 electoral votes. A recount requested by minor-party candidates showed Bush won by about 118,000 votes out of 5.5 million cast. But Kerry's e-mail says Blackwell "used his office to abuse our democracy and threaten basic voting rights."

 

Multiple lawsuits by outside groups were unsuccessful in challenging Ohio's 2004 election. One case filed by the League of Women Voters is still in U.S. District Court in Toledo. It claims Ohio's election system discriminates against minority voters.

 

Blackwell, who is black, says the election was run fairly, citing 1 million more votes cast than in 2000 and record turnout among black voters.

 

"People will say anything for money," Blackwell campaign spokesman Carlo LoParo said. "Fortunately, the historical record contradicts Senator Kerry."

 

Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey said the campaign welcomes Kerry's support.

 

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/08/29/ohi...y.ap/index.html

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Kerry is a bad messenger for the argument, and he wont come close to getting the nod in 08.

 

The only reason I voted for him is that he was a slightly better option than GWB. Would he have been a good president? No.

 

Oh please...how do you come to that conclusion? You listen to the media too much.

 

Kerry couldn't possibly do any worse then W.

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Kerry is a bad messenger for the argument, and he wont come close to getting the nod in 08.

 

The only reason I voted for him is that he was a slightly better option than GWB. Would he have been a good president? No.

 

Oh please...how do you come to that conclusion? You listen to the media too much.

"in case you missed it and judging by the attendence, you probably have"...W. sucks...most americans think it, most of the world thinks it...in fact...the media has actually been quite nice to bush...i mean who else let him not answer tough questions about hihs skipping out on national guard duty...or the other many various situations W. has completely swung and missed at

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