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Old 07-12-2004, 01:55 PM   #1
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US 'may delay vote if attacked'

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3885663.stm

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The Bush administration is reported to be investigating the possibility of postponing the presidential election in the event of a terror attack.
A danger for democracy or a good idea to save the lifes of US citizens?
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It is a contingency plan. People would be outraged if we didn't have one. Someone simply asked the questions "what would we have to do to move an election if there was an attack?"
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Also, if the government can show flexibility in the scheduling of elections, the effectiveness of a terror attack designed to influence an election diminishes.
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I thought Bush kept telling us to stay the course and continue on with our lives, so that the terrorist don't win.
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Stay the course and be prepared.
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He just needs more time to learn how to pronounce nuclear
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He just needs more time to learn how to pronounce nuclear
Give another 4 years, I'm sure he'll get it right!
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I thought Bush kept telling us to stay the course and continue on with our lives, so that the terrorist don't win.
True, but he doesn't want Kerry to win too.




Interesting bits from the same BBC article:

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No US presidential election has ever been postponed.

Abraham Lincoln was urged by some aides to suspend the election of 1864 - during the US Civil War - but despite the expectation that he would lose, he refused.

"The election is a necessity," Lincoln said. "We cannot have a free government without elections; and if the rebellion could force us to forgo, or postpone, a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered us."


C ya!

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Unless there is a terrorist attack on election day, or there is specific intelligence that indicates terrorists are planning to target polling places, there is absolutely no reason to delay the election.
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Unless there is a terrorist attack on election day, or there is specific intelligence that indicates terrorists are planning to target polling places, there is absolutely no reason to delay the election.
Exactly.

Besides, as someone pointed out one time, if the terrorists are going to attack us again (which is funny, because the way our government was talking, all the stuff we'd done within the last year was supposed to make us safer now, we were supposed to be okay...and now those same people are talking about potential terrorist attacks?), why would they do it on a day when it's to be expected, such as a holiday or an election? That's why Sept. 11th was such a surprise.

Anywho...I really hope it doesn't get delayed. That's the last thing I need, is for the first presidential election I participate in to have a bunch of craziness along these lines surrounding it.

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What so wrong with it? The article said they were investigating what steps would need to be taken in order to postpone...not that they are already going through steps to postpone.....Better safe than sorry

Since petty evens like school ball games were cancelled on September 11, I'd hope that something as important as the election would be postponed during another attack. Strategy or not, it would seem right, out of respect for those hypothetically killed or injured during said attack.
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What so wrong with it? The article said they were investigating what steps would need to be taken in order to postpone...
Come on now, you are reading it too closely. Bush obviously wants to delay the election...

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Well i think it's a naive idea.
They think they can reschudle the election but the terrorists won't reschudle their attacks?
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They think they can reschudle the election but the terrorists won't reschudle their attacks?
Good point.

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