Thursday, August 05, 2004

Republicans in Denial on Rally Attendance

The Republicans must be really afraid of the numbers of people turning out to see John Kerry on his Believe in America tour.

First they tired to give low estimates of attendance, but this failed when the news media verified initial predictions, such as with an AP report of up to 25,000 attending the rally in Grand Rapids on Monday:

“City spokeswoman Annette Guilfoyle said police estimated that 20,000 to 25,000 people attended the Kerry event, which would make it one of Grand Rapids’ largest political rallies in recent memory. Hundreds waved blue and white ‘Help is on the way’ signs. About 4,000 people turned out to see Bush, who spoke Friday only a few blocks away in a filled-to-capacity auditorium at the downtown community college.” [Associated Press, 8/2/04]

Their next attempt was to spread claims that people were being bussed in. (One example of this is seen in one of the comments to my post below, and the same attack has come up elsewhere. At least we must give the GOP credit for getting out their talking points).

When driving to Grand Rapids for the rally, I saw many cars with Kerry bumper stickers, and the area parking lots were packed with cars. . No busses were seen dropping people off. After the rally, I saw people heading off to their cars. Again, no busses were seen picking up those in attendance.


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