Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

57Bush-Powell 04?

Expand Messages
  • Ram Lau
    Jul 11, 2004
    • 0 Attachment
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Sen.
      John Kerry got a boost in the polls after picking Sen. John Edwards
      as his running mate and would beat President Bush if the election
      was held now, according to a new Newsweek poll.

      The Kerry-Edwards ticket is leading Bush and Vice President Dick
      Cheney by a margin of six percentage points, 51 percent to 45
      percent, the poll said.

      The survey of 1,001 adults, to be published in the July 19 issue of
      the magazine, was taken July 8-9 and has a margin of error of plus
      or minus four percentage points.

      It was the first Newsweek poll since Kerry chose the North Carolina
      lawmaker as his running mate on July 6. Kerry led Bush 46 percent to
      45 percent in the magazine's previous survey in mid-May.

      But in a three-way race with independent candidates Ralph Nader and
      Peter Camejo, Kerry-Edwards edged Bush-Cheney by a slimmer margin,
      just 47 percent to 44 percent. Nader-Camejo drew support from 3
      percent of those polled.

      The poll comes amid speculation Cheney may be hurting Bush's chances
      of winning re-election. Cheney has been a lighting rod for
      Democratic criticism because of his role in advocating for the
      invasion of Iraq and his previous ties with energy company
      Halliburton, which is being probed for overcharging for its services
      in Iraq.

      Cheney has distanced himself from any claims that he has a financial
      stake in Halliburton, and Bush has strongly endorsed the vice
      president as his running mate.

      However, the Newsweek poll said that if Bush replaced Cheney with
      Secretary of State Colin Powell, the ticket would defeat Kerry-
      Edwards by 53 percent to 44 percent.