Bob Jones

Lieutenant vs. lieutenant

National | With the general out of the race, November's election is shaping up as a contest between a couple of lieutenants-and military service could be one of the defining issues of the campaign.
by Bob Jones
Posted 2/21/04, 12:00 am

With the general out of the race, November's election is shaping up as a contest between a couple of lieutenants-and military service could be one of the defining issues of the campaign.

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Southern Discomfort

National | PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS: After two losses in the South just a week earlier, John Kerry took comfort in decisive wins in Virginia and Tennessee on Feb. 10.
by Bob Jones
Posted 2/21/04, 12:00 am

Old soldiers never die, as the old saying goes. They just retreat to Arkansas and give up their presidential ambitions. That's the way it goes for Wesley Clark, at any rate. Five months after jumping into his first-ever political race and rocketing to the top of the national polls, the retired general finished third in Tennessee and Virginia on Feb. 10, decimating his Southern strategy and forcing him out of the race.

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IT'S KERRY'S RACE TO LOSE

| John Kerry remains the front-runner, but because of John Edwards's strong showing in South Carolina and surprise finish in Oklahoma-earning the title "nominee" will have to wait.
by Bob Jones
Posted 2/14/04, 12:00 am

For John Kerry, Oklahoma may be remembered as the one that got away. On Feb. 3, the Sooner State went the latest in awarding its delegates, thanks to a razor-thin margin of less than 1 percent separating the top two candidates. The shock for Mr. Kerry: He was not one of those two.

In all fairness, the Democratic front-runner didn't try very hard in Oklahoma. With only seven days to campaign in seven states, Sen. Kerry, like his challengers, had to pick his battles. Other contests looked more important on paper, and there were tough decisions to be made.

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