"George Bush's days are numbered."
The Democratic front-runner by far, Kerry fashioned his latest wins by outsized margins. The Massachusetts senator's share of the vote in a multi-candidate field hovered at 50 percent in Washington and Michigan.
"This week George Bush and the Republican smear machine have begun trotting out the same old tired lines of attack that they've used before to divide this nation and to evade the real issues before us," the Massachusetts senator told a Democratic Party dinner in Richmond, Va.
"They're the ones who are extreme. We're the ones who are mainstream."
He added, "George Bush's days are numbered — and change is coming to America."
Aides said the speech was designed to reassure the party faithful he would fight far harder against GOP attacks than Michael Dukakis, the former Massachusetts governor who led the party to defeat in 1988....
Dean, the fallen Democratic front-runner, had his best showing of the campaign season. He finished second in Washington with 30 percent of the vote and was a distant runner-up in Michigan. But that was cold comfort for the former Vermont governor, whose once promising campaign unraveled further when the head of a major union withdrew his support.
Democratic officials said Gerald McEntee, head of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, delivered the news in a meeting in Burlington, Vt.
Kerry's victories left him with more than twice as many delegates as his closest pursuer.
"I think John Kerry will do the job," said Robert Poli, 81, a retired Boeing worker in Washington. "I think he can beat the hell out of Bush."
I do believe you're right Mr. Poli!
Tonight's speech by Kerry at the Virginia JJ Dinner was by far the best speech Kerry has delivered to date. The clincher for me tonight was ending the speech with Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" and hearing the crowd cheer!
Kerry is poised and ready to take on Bush!