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Wednesday, July 07, 2004

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 Edwards versus Cheney

A new poll finds that Kerry's selection of Senator John Edwards to be his running mate is paying immediate dividends.

According to the poll, a Kerry-Edwards ticket gets support from 49 percent of registered voters, while President Bush and Vice President Cheney get 41 percent, and independent Ralph Nader and running mate Peter Camejo get 4 percent. In a two-way race, Kerry-Edwards leads Bush-Cheney, 54 percent to 43 percent. These results represent a boost for Kerry's campaign, compared with polls from a week ago showing that the race was essentially tied.

Comparing the two vice presidential candidates, when asked who would do a better job of running the country, 45 percent said Edwards, while 38 percent said Cheney. Moreover, when asked who is more optimistic about the future of the country, 49 percent said Edwards, while just 28 percent chose Cheney.

It's interesting that the poll shows that one of Edwards' perceived weaknesses -- his past work as a trial lawyer -- might not be a liability. Sixty-nine percent of the respondents said his trial-lawyer past wouldn't make a difference to their vote, while 14 percent said it would make them less likely to vote for him, and another 14 percent said it would make them more likely to vote for him. I never have felt this was as important as the RNC spinmeisters would have us believe. If Kerry-Edwards can spin this into a defender-of-David-versus-corporate-Goliath story, Bush and Cheney should just start packing their bags now. Besides, wasn't Lincoln a lawyer?

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