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« Reply #150 on: September 18, 2016, 10:47:14 am »
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HART OUTS BOXER FOR INDEPENDENT BID SCHEME

The seemingly unstoppable political chaos that has manifested itself around the 2004 presidential election was perpetuated once more this week, with Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart announcing in a shocking revelation Tuesday morning that he was approached by Barbara Boxer to launch an independent bid for the presidency.

In a Milwaukee rally on October 14, Hart revealed that he had been privately contacted the previous week by Progressive People's Caucus leader Barbara Boxer, who allegedly asked Hart to consider ditching the Democratic Party in favor of an independent presidential bid. Accusing Boxer of "conspiring against a unified progressive cause in order to create controversy and advance her own interests," Hart took a strong stand against the movement to split from the mainstream Democratic Party, emphasizing that he would "always stand as a true Democrat and a true believer in our nation's future" and pledging to "always let the American people know where my loyalties lie." Hart's speech was received in a largely positive manner by his audience, though it was clear that some loyal PPC supporters were disappointed by his decision to rebuke Boxer's offer.

Though Barbara Boxer herself was unavailable for comment when asked to respond to Hart's allegations, the reaction from other Democratic candidates was swift. While President Gore praised Hart for "standing up against those who want to tear this party down and expressing his loyalty to our cause," Bayh's response was much more confrontational, condemning Hart for "even being approached by the people who would like to see the Democratic Party in ruins." The reaction from those on the right was much less pronounced, though many in the media saying that Republicans and Conservative Traditionalists alike had secretly been hoping for Hart to accept Boxer's offer in order to create a rift in the American left similar to the one recently created in the American right.

Hart's actions saw both praise and condemnation from Democratic primary voters, with different wings of the party viewing the former senator's announcement from wildly differing perspectives. While mainstream Democrats were largely pleased with Hart's decision to stay loyal to the Democratic Party and out those who had attempted to splinter it, many Democrats affiliated with the People's Progressive Caucus saw his actions as borderline traitorous, accusing Hart of taking Boxer's support for granted and ultimately rebuking it. Shifting views on Hart's actions left him with about the same amount of overall support as he had boasted previously, though resulted in his having an almost entirely different base of voters compared to the one he had drawn from earlier in the primary season. Meanwhile, angered PPC loyalists could no longer rely on Hart for the voice he had offered them previously, leading them to explore a number of other options they had deemed suitable...



Pew Research Poll - Democratic Primary (October 21)

Al Gore - 37% (+/-0)
Evan Bayh - 30% (+/-0)
Gary Hart - 30% (+1)
Undecided - 3% (-1)

Pew Research Poll - Republican Primary (October 21)

Dick Cheney - 27% (+1)
Richard Lugar - 20% (-1)
John Hoeven - 17% (+2)
Lamar Alexander - 7% (-1)
Frank Murkowski - 6% (+/-0)
Undecided - 23% (-1)

Pew Research Poll - Conservative Traditionalist Primary (October 21)

Larry Craig - 61% (+1)
Conrad Burns - 8% (+1)
Alan Keyes - 4% (+/-0)
Jim Bunning - 2% (-1)
Spencer Bachus - 1% (+/-0)
Undecided - 24% (-1)

Pew Research Poll - General Election Match-Ups (October 21)

Al Gore - 43% (+1)
Dick Cheney - 24% (+/-0)
Larry Craig - 22% (-1)
Undecided - 11% (+/-0)

Al Gore - 41% (+2)
Richard Lugar - 26% (-1)
Larry Craig - 22% (+/-0)
Undecided - 11% (-1)

Evan Bayh - 43% (-2)
Dick Cheney - 21% (+/-0)
Larry Craig - 20% (+/-0)
Undecided - 16% (+2)

Evan Bayh - 41% (-1)
Richard Lugar - 23% (-1)
Larry Craig - 20% (+1)
Undecided - 16% (+1)

Gary Hart - 40% (+2)
Dick Cheney - 26% (+/-0)
Larry Craig - 23% (+/-0)
Undecided - 11% (-2)

Gary Hart - 39% (+3)
Richard Lugar - 28% (-1)
Larry Craig - 22% (+/-0)
Undecided - 11% (-2)
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« Reply #151 on: September 18, 2016, 11:18:20 am »
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No hypothetical polls with Hart as 4th party?
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« Reply #152 on: September 18, 2016, 11:59:48 am »
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No hypothetical polls with Hart as 4th party?

That was kind of the whole point of his announcement Tongue
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