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Monday, June 27, 2005Why did Kerry Concede? - by Mike Swinford
This article explains why I can no longer support the Democratic party as it stands now.
Here is the opinion of one political nobody on why Sen. John F Kerry conceded the election on Nov 2004. I have been told, "get over it" and get lost. The following is why Kerry has made me one pissed off Ohio voter and turned voting into a waste of time.
John Kerry on Nov 3 2004 made this concession statement.
"In America, it is vital that every vote counts, and that every vote be counted. But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. ...I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail. But it is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won’t be enough outstanding votes for our campaign to be able to win Ohio. And therefore, we cannot win this election. ..........."
The decision to concede was made on Election Day, but delayed until the next day because it was viewed as an important event. Claimed all the evidence was in.
But, it was not in and those few extra hours were not a satisfactory time period to acquire election fraud evidence. The time needed was one to two weeks. 10 more days were needed to count the provisional ballots in the critical state of Ohio. But Kerry decided that counting every vote was no longer needed and accepted totals as is. Thus, the choice in time bases was 10 days of counting or 4 more years of Bush. Kerry chose neither, he went into hiding.
Campaign Promise Broken:
Kerry promised, every vote would count. During campaign, an estimated $ 10 million, 17,000 lawyers nation wide, and jets were said to be ready for election problems. But that promise was broken. There was massive fraud in Ohio and other critical states. But only a few issues were legally addressed during the election. In Ohio, The Secretary of State Blackwell while used that office for the BushCheney04 campaign and later arrogantly boasted he helped Bush win Ohio. However, national exit polls showed -- Kerry won. Edwards did NOT want to concede. But Kerry and advisors stated they saw no evidence of fraud. After Kerry quit and went into hiding, non-political election groups were flooded with reports of vote fraud, voter suppression and irregularities at the polls. At legal hearings, no sign of direct support from the Kerry-Edward camp.
At a recount hearing in Columbus, I was shocked to hear the Ohio Kerry-Edwards lawyer say, Kerry and Edwards did not support the recount. He was there as an "Intervener-Defendant ". It was the Green and Libertarian Party that wanted every vote to be counted fairly. They should not have had to find additional funds for the recount fee and volunteers.