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Themeless Kerry (or ...

maybe he just thinks "theme of the week" is more his style?) is worrying his campaign aides and advisors.

Kerry Struggling to Find a Theme, Democrats Fear
By ADAM NAGOURNEY

Published: May 2, 2004


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For many Democrats, Mr. Kerry's single biggest difficulty was what they described as his continuing search for a defining theme for his candidacy ? typically one of the most urgent tasks of any presidential candidate.

Last week, after completing the most in-depth poll of his campaign, Mr. Kerry unveiled yet another theme for his candidacy: "Together, we can build a stronger America." It was, by the count of one aide, the sixth message Mr. Kerry has rolled out since he announced his candidacy nearly 18 months ago.

"We need to be honest with ourselves: Our candidate is not one who's good with a 30-second sound bite," said Representative Harold E. Ford Jr. of Tennessee, co-chairman of Mr. Kerry's campaign.
"He is very thoughtful and it takes him a while to say things."

The emphasis is mine but might help explain how in 20+ years in the Senate he has NEVER sponsored an original bill of any kind for any reason--surely 20 years is more than enough time to make decisions (and FAR TOO LON G for anyone aspiring to the office of President).

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