Monday, August 02, 2004

Kerry Breaks Records At Grand Rapids Rally

John and Teresa Kerry visited Grand Rapids, Michigan, home of Gerald Ford and a strong Republican area. By campaigning in such GOP strong holds, Kerry is showing his strength in going after previous GOP voters. Following the town hall meeting with fire fighters and other supporters, Kerry held a public rally in downtown Grand Rapids. Estimates of the crowd size were as high as 20,000 with many more people on nearby streets outside of the rally. For comparison, when George Bush came to Grand Rapids a few days ago, only around 4000 came to see him. Al Gore had about 10,000 come out to see him in Grand Rapids in 2000, suggesting increased interest in the Democratic candidate this year.

Besides discussing the proposals readers of this blog are most likely already familiar with, John Kerry announced today the publication of his new book detailing his proposals, "Our Plan for America: Stronger at home, Respected in the World."

Here's some pictures of the Grand Rapids Rally:


Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

Awesome photos Ron! Sounds like a great day for the Kerry/Edwards campaign and you!

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the photos. Are you sure you weren't at a rock festival?

aimzz from JK blog

4:56 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

It did have a "rock concert" feeling. There was even a band playing near, but separate from, the main stage.

We also had fun afterwards. I met some friends at Charlies Crab, an upscale restaurant which I normaly would never go to in a t-shirt. Fortunately everyone in the restaurant was wearing Kerry shirts and pins. The waiter said we were a much more fun group than the Bush people who were there--many of them looking like they would fall asleep. Obviously Kerry was better able to energize the crowd than Bush.

After eating, we ran into a guy in the parking lot who owns a company which makes politi cal material. He gave us some t-shirts and a bunch of Kerry flags. We also picked up lots of signs at the rally, and I bought my daughter a Teresa Rocks badge. Of course she is one of the few people wearing that badge who actually has met Teresa, as we met her during a visit to Grand Rapids i nJanuary.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

By the way, I emailed Dick about the pictures late last night. He copied two of them for a blog entry this morning:

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's pretty sad when you have to bus people in and then brag about the numbers at the rally. How many people from Detroit were there?? More than half. Keep trying Kerry but you will still be Bush-wacked in the end.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

It's pretty sad when his opponents have to resort to such accusations. They must be afraid of the crowds Kerry is bringing in.

The people from Detroit saw Kerry when he was closer to their area. I saw lots of cars with Kerry stickers driving towards downtown Grand Rapids, but no signs of any busses bringing people to the rally. Nor were there any busses around to pick people up after the rally--just lots of people walking to the packed car lots around the site.

8:11 PM  
Blogger sandy said...

Really great pictures Ron! I bet you were thrilled to see so many in Grand Rapids!! I have heard somebody's coming to Oregon, don't know whether it's Kerry or Edwards. Can't wait!!

Maybe Bush would have more people at his rally's if he let ALL American citizens in. I can't believe you can't go to see the President anymore unless you sign a loyalty pledge to vote for him. Isn't that what they do in Cuba?

"When gatekeepers announced final seating for those with tickets, protesters with tickets tried to get in, but their tickets were grabbed and torn up, and police threatened them with arrest if they argued back. One woman screamed, "You're tearing up my ticket," and hit back at the man when he started shoving her with his chest, trying to shut her up. The police arrested the woman. Two other people were "taken down": a young girl who could not back up fast enough because there were so many people behind her and a man who is charged with trespassing because he was standing on property his own tax dollars partially funded."

I heard separately that a young man who had signed up for the National Guard was denied because he had long hair. Even after he showed his card. He hadn't made up his mind who to vote for so he couldn't go in. Decided to join the protestors. Sad days in our democracy.

10:30 PM  

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