CROWD AT KERRY'S VISIT - Mitch Perry

03/09/04

As people gathered in Centro Ybor before the appearance of Senator Kerry last night, WMNF went around to speak to some people to gauge their level of interest and excitement about Senator Kerry and the possibility of him defeating President Bush this November……..

A woman who only wanted to be identified as Roz says she has been a supporter of the Massachusetts Senator says before he officially entered the race (roll tape#1 o.q.�see that in him�)

Just months ago, Howard Dean was expected to do well in today’s Florida Democratic Presidential Primary….. Dean – unlike Kerry, or many other Democrats – stepped out of the pact by his fierce opposition to the Iraq war…….Peter Grace says John Kerry owes a debt of gratitutude to Howard Dean for making it more palatable to the electorate to be critical of the situation in Iraq (roll tape#2 o.q.’strategically worked out for the best�)

Tom Wheatley, is the SouthEast Coordinator for the the Alaska Coalition, based in Tampa…He says Senator Kerry’s record has been among the best in the U.S. Senate over the past couple of decades (roll tape#3 o.q.�we like that in John Kerry�)

Former Tampa Mayoral Candidate Frank Sanchez says he was a Bob Graham supporter at the beginning of the Democratic Race for the White House…He’s now firmly behind Senator Kerry, and believes his message can transcend the fundraising advantages held by George W. Bush (roll tape#4 o.q.�and in particular, Iraq�)

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