October 6, 2004


'Bush Democrats' hit Boca: Koch, Miller looking to sway undecided Florida Democrats (Sean Salai, 10/06/04, Boca Raton News)

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch and Georgia Sen. Zell Miller are in Boca Raton this week, stumping for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign as “Bush Democrats.”

Koch spoke at the Woodfield Country Club last night, and Miller is scheduled for a luncheon appearance today with former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Both are appearing on behalf of the Palm Beach County Republicans to swing undecided Democrats from Sen. John Kerry toward incumbent President George W. Bush before the Nov. 2 election.

Koch, who plans to support Sen. Hillary Clinton for president in 2008, and who says he has never voted for a Republican before this year, said he is voting for Bush because his party’s nominee is soft on terror.

“Even though I don’t agree with George Bush on a single domestic issue from taxes to social security, I believe all of those issues are trumped by the issue of international terrorism, which he has demonstrated he will take on, and which I believe the Democrats and John Kerry don’t have the stomach to do,” Koch, 79, told a cheering crowd.

Getting Ed Koch to go to Florida to woo Jewish retirees is huge.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 6, 2004 10:32 PM

They sure ought to try to get William Donald Schaefer.

Then again, he has a primary to face, and Koch doesn't.

Posted by: jsmith at October 7, 2004 12:32 AM

It was a long time ago, in my (AuH2O) childhood, but I remember 'Republicans for Kennedy' and 'Democrats for Nixon' being somewhat commonplace. Nowadays cross-overs apparently don't advertise.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at October 7, 2004 12:39 AM

Zell Miller and Peggy Noonan as a double feature? I am so there.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 7, 2004 6:52 AM

All your bases belong to us.

Posted by: Rick T. at October 7, 2004 9:25 AM

>Then again, he has a primary to face, and Koch

Meaning Koch can speak his mind without fear of reprisal.

And Zell Miller doesn't take crap from anybody.

Posted by: Ken at October 7, 2004 12:46 PM