September 14, 2004

NO SILVER BULLET:

Kerry Distracted From Tending to Colorado (AP, September 14, 2004)

Colorado is on the fringes of the playing field in the presidential campaign, a Republican-leaning state that Democratic Sen. John Kerry has in his sights because of its weak economy and growing Hispanic population.

But a dip in the polls, and other harsh political realities, have forced Kerry to focus his resources on 10 other states, including Florida and four in the Midwest, while tabling plans to put Colorado and a few other GOP bastions into play. [...]

The president campaigned here Tuesday as part of his plan to put Colorado, Missouri, Arizona, North Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana out of contention before Kerry can dial up his campaign in the second-tier battlegrounds, all of them won by Bush four years ago.


Note that there are four Senate seats impacted--giving the GOP an improved shot at three pick-ups and a hold.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2004 10:30 PM
Comments

Weak economy? [Bunny Ears!]

Unemployment in July was 5.1 percent, compared with 6.2 percent the previous July.

Study: Recovery in Colorado slow after last recession
Sorry, folks: 5.1% isn't a weak economy. It's not 2.3% (unemployment rate just after Clinton blew out of town) but you only see that at the top of a bubble.

Posted by: joe shropshire at September 14, 2004 10:48 PM

The sense of the article is that if Kerry visits these states he'll be fine. I know candidates visiting states can give them a small bump temporary in the state but if the candidate is way down in the national polls that probably has more effect.

Posted by: AWW at September 14, 2004 11:04 PM

Could he visit the state briefly, but not say or do anything while there, then return to wherever he was in the first place and deny he went anywhere? That might help him at least appear consistent.

Posted by: John Resnick at September 15, 2004 9:31 AM
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