Thursday, October 14, 2004

A Report From On The Ground in AZ

Thanks to guest blogger Renee who's spending the week volunteering for Kerry in Arizona.

We did spend the whole day in Tempe both on the ASU campus, and then at the Democrat
rally/debate-watching party.

The first half of the day was spent on ASU campus helping with "visibility." What that basically entailed was making as many Kerry/Edwards signs as possible and getting passersby to wave them in front of the CNN and MSNBC sets where Hardball and Crossfire were filming. The idea being that if TV viewers saw more Kerry signs, they will think that more people support Kerry.
Of course, there was a Bush contingent there doing the same thing, but it seemed to us that even though they were able to get a comparable number of signs in front of the cameras (sometimes), they just didn't seem to have the same number of supporters milling around the area.

We then headed over to the site of the rally, where bands played until the debate came on. I think they said there were about 20,000 people there, and we all watched the debate on big screens. Then afterward, John Kerry and his family showed up and they spoke briefly. You might have seen some of that on TV. I'm sure we're biased, but everyone at the rally was really pumped about Kerry's performance at the debate. The numbers you saw for Arizona were in the papers here yesterday morning, with Bush in the lead by 5 points, and a margin of error of 5 points. We were working with the staff of the Tempe field office, and they were really
excited aobut yesterday's events, thinking that it would really push the tide in our direction.

Today we're heading out of Tempe. We're staying a night in Sedona, then we'll be in Flagstaff to do some more.


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