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Election Protection

Monday, July 12, 2004 - 04:31 PM

Should the Presidential election be postponed in the event of a terrorist attack? Today's Newsweek story that Tom Ridge sought guidance from the Justice Department brought a flood of diverging opinions. Some smelled a conspiracy, while others were angry at the media for bring the issue up at all.

In our ongoing bid to publish listener feedback, here's a selection of your comments. Please email us your thoughts (and let us know where you're listening).


The delay of the election has been a “conspiracy” thing circulating on the internet for a while and seemed too unreal to take seriously. But now it’s real! I don’t care what happens to us – more crashing planes, dirty nuclear bombs, anthrax. I want an election! Nothing trumps an election in a real democracy.
-anonymous

In "investigating the possibility of postponing the presidential election in
the event of a terror attack", is the Bush administration admitting to the
American people that they [administration] do NOT have the confidence in
themselves to prevent any terrorist attacks from happening in the first
place?
-GS

If there was another attack, the possibility of the Bush administration to "postpone" or even cancel the election in an extreme time of fear I believe is a very real possibility. The Bush administration has used extraordinary circumstances in the past to win an election.....
-DS

Remember the movement post-9-11 to keep on Rudy Giuliani as mayor for an unspecified time, rather than turning the reigns of power over to a new and untested individual? Seemed plausible at the time, didn't it? But Michael Bloomberg took over in what seems now like a seamless transition. How much would we be regretting now a one-time change back then?
-HL

I'm disgusted that you would even suggest a debate on postponing the elections. Apparently, you remain open-minded about any nut idea that the right floats.
-PK

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