[lit-ideas] Campaigns

  • From: Robert.Paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Robert Paul)
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: 13 Aug 2004 21:18:29 PDT

An outdoor Kerry rally in a downtown riverside park in Portland, earlier today,
drew 50,000 souls, official estimate. Beautiful, warm afternoon. Crowd was the
largest since the convention (according to the news; I have no idea how large
the convention crowd was). Everybody welcome, but bags, etc. were inspected.

Bush was here at the same time, a deliberate ploy by his campaign managers. No
public appearance, just an invitation only event at a suburban high school. (Not
sure how a public school can be used that way.)

Bush was here once before this year, but came nowhere near the city. He held a
fundraiser at a hotel near the airport, met only Republican donors. (The media
count this as Bush's visiting Portland.) Bush I used to refer to Portland as
'Little Beirut' because of the protests he attracted here when he was in office.

Robert Paul
Reed College 

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