Leave a message here if you are supporting Kerry for President and what you are doing to work to get your candidate elected

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Special Reports: October 6, 2004: "RPCVs for Kerry" mobilize to support for their candidate: Leave a message here if you are supporting Kerry for President and what you are doing to work to get your candidate elected
Leave a message here if you are supporting Kerry for President and what you are doing to work to get your candidate elected. Leave a message here if you are supporting Kerry for President and what you are doing to get your candidate elected.

By Kristen Cheney (ts6-097.dialup.ucsc.edu - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 2:21 am: Edit Post

I am dialoguing with people I know in swing states and states where alleged voter suppression (usually of minorities and other Democratic voters) is high, forwarding activism opportunities to them and discussing the many important issues and stakes in this election. Closer to Nov 2nd I will phone bank to get out the vote.

By Dan Miller ( on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 7:02 am: Edit Post

I live in Mexico so it is difficult to be physically involved in the election, but I am using the internet to its fullest extent to contact my acquaintances and spread the word about what is really happening. Living outside the US gives you access to information that you don't get in the States, sad to say. The internet is also a good way to write letters to the editor and my hometown paper is in PA, a swing state. This is also the first election that I have done any significant donations to the party.

By agilbert ( on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 8:02 am: Edit Post

I have been working with the Kerry meet-up groups in Chevy Chase Maryland. I am also going to work for my local polling place on election day. I have given many contributions and have passed out
lawn signs and car bumper stickers. AS a former
Peace Corps volunteer I remember how helpful we all were when we were volunteers across the globe
and now people across the globe hate us all. I will do everything in my power to get Kerry elected.

By jrl (thabiseng.cc.utexas.edu - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 9:21 am: Edit Post

While Texas is expected to turn out heavily for Bush (He got a 20% margin here in the 2000 election), there are many Democrats in down-ticket races that need support. Lloyd Doggett is my US Congressman. His district was gerrymandered by the Texas Legislature last year to be Republican, stretching from Austin to the north Houston suburbs. Austin MSA went from one district to seven. In response, Representative Doggett is running in a predominantly Democratic district that now runs from Austin to the Rio Grande. I participated as a volunteer deputy voter registrar, contributing to a record new voter registration. I have leafletted, phone banked, and stuffed envelopes. I have block walked my precinct repeatedly to get out the vote. In the next two weeks I'll demonstrate, block walk and phone bank. I've also contributed to the Kerry campaign, to local candidates, and to Moveon.org and other progressive 527s.

By Sherwood Guernsey (66-193-86-210.gen.twtelecom.net - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 9:24 am: Edit Post

I have organized a group called "Berkshire Brigades for Kerry". We have been making thousands of calls into swing states to identify voters, canvassing in New Hampshire, writing letters to single moms across the country, sending people to battleground states to campaign there in person, and hosting house parties to raise money for the campaign. Now I am in Ohio for a week. It is all worthwhiile because we need a change so desperately: our children, our environment, our health care, our safety, our democracy is at stake.

By Ron (cache-rtc-aa05.proxy.aol.com - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 9:38 am: Edit Post

I'm only voting Kerry as "lesser of two evils."

There should be a candidate who'd come out against the one country causing all our Mideast problems --- Israel.*

*Now watch someone say I'm anti-Semite. NO, just anti-Israel.

By DominicanYork (wsip-68-14-195-192.no.no.cox.net - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:07 pm: Edit Post

Right - we really need to support the Arab states, after all they believe in human rights and treat women as equals. Lots of democratic states in that region as well. You may not be anti-semitic but you sure have a strange view of what is right. I guess the arab press and suicide bombers have a better idea - drive all Jews into the sea - yea that'll fix everything! Once the Jews are gone then there will be peace in the world and the terrorist will leave us alone! Happy day! I suppose you believe that had we allowed the Nazis to take England we never would have had to loose so many 'children' soldiers in WWII.

Yea we need more voters like you - TO STAY HOME!

By Michael Anthony Lanigan (0-1pool6-102.nas15.oakland1.ca.us.da.qwest.net - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 12:32 pm: Edit Post

Back in 1961 I joined the Peace Corps when President Kennedy asked what we could do for our country. Four decades later along came Bush Junior and asked what can my country do for me and my handlers.

Kerry may not be my ideal candidate, but he is light-years ahead of these greedy neocons leading us to international and financial disasters.

I have been working for months with a local group (PeaceActionLake) to remove this demonstrably failed administration.

By username (69-20-158-169.ida.net - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 5:01 pm: Edit Post

I don't know how you can support Kerry. It is so hard to know what he stands for. He is on whatever side of the issues that seems convinient to him at the time. We just can't be sure what he will do if elected.

By Enny Cramer (cache-mtc-ad17.proxy.aol.com - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 5:35 pm: Edit Post

I am for Kerry, exactly because we know what Bush will do, if elected.I cannot imagine any RPCV voting for Bush, who singlehandedly decreased our standing in the world, which we have served as PCVs.

By Carl Proper (static-151-204-224-206.bos.east.verizon.net - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 5:48 pm: Edit Post

-- I'm the New England political coordinator for my union, the New England Joint Board of UNITE HERE. Our focus this year is on educating our members in New Hampshire and Maine, primarily, about the issues, and to persuade them to vote for Kerry. We expect to carry all six New England States for Kerry (Gore only lost New Hampshire by a few thousand votes, and Kerry is running ahead in NH polls.

We're also counting on the Red Sox to win.

By justme ( on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 7:00 pm: Edit Post

I've finally retired my desire to vote for Nader or Kucinch, and am voting Kerry. Versus Bush, I just really prefer a person who has a decent IQ and got into higher education on his merits and grades, and doesn't act like a 3 year old having a tantrum (re: facial grimaces)when he hears things he doesn't want to hear.

I was really won over for Kerry when he so clearly laid out his personal, religious beliefs versus his beliefs as a political leader i.e. I don't agree with abortion (but since banning it would amount to wedding church and state), I wouldn't stop a woman's right to choose.

By Pat Hanberry (cache-mtc-aa05.proxy.aol.com - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 8:23 pm: Edit Post

What good is it going to do if 87% of the RPCVs support Kerry, but only 35% of everyone polled is going to vote???

By Wendy Rambo Shuford (cache-rtc-aa05.proxy.aol.com - on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 - 10:19 pm: Edit Post

I made many phone calls for Kerry from home and from the campaign office sometime ago.Then I began supporting him by going to fundraising events.I will be driving people to the polls and hopefully start making phone calls during these last days.It has been wonderful to be such a part of this campaign.

By dean/Kerry (user-uinj55h.dialup.mindspring.com - on Thursday, October 21, 2004 - 7:26 pm: Edit Post


I want to say to you thanks from the people who will vote for him but have obligations. It is one of the most rewarding experiences being involved in a campaign, many americans have missed this boat. Glad to here you have taken the a ride on the cruise liner to the White House. Good luck to you a former Dean, campaigner and supporter.

By Todd Fine (c-24-130-95-39.we.client2.attbi.com - on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 6:29 pm: Edit Post

Voting for Kerry is like voting for the end of the world as we know it. He is for this and that and everything in between. It will be a sad day for America if he is ever elected President. Maybe France can help us fight the terrorist when they get to D.C.

By --jim (cache-ntc-ad05.proxy.aol.com - on Monday, October 25, 2004 - 11:30 pm: Edit Post

I've been against the Bush Gang for more than 4-years, before the present Democrats got active. The NeoCons are extremist and dangerous. Their exploitation of the Republication Party and terrorist threats, to their own self-serving ends, including their gross mismanagement every issue of the last 4-years, means they have to go.

They have squandered our economic and military resources, our reserves, our good people and our world respect. We can not recover from 4-more years, based on the performance of the last.

I've been for Kerry, ever since hearing him speak live, at the Democratic convention -- rather than having commentators and critics extract, twist, manipulate and interpret what he said. On JohnKerry.com, his Policies and Plans are detailed and clear. I fault media-packaging for much of any confusion.

We have had more than enough evidence of The Bush Kid saying one thing and doing another. If it has taken Kerry a while to get focused, sobeit. I think he can be a fine leader (as JFK once was), with a progressive vision for the future.

If, that is, if we can possibly find a way to clean up the awful mess the Bush Gang has left us. And, if the attack dogs of the right, don't start in right away. There is so much damage to first repair, before moving on towards the future.

I've been contributing time and money like I've never done before. It boggles my mind how they can claim it is 50-50, with all the documented evidence of malfeasance, lies and misinformation.

The Politics of Division, it's done us no good. We've got to mend some fences if we hope to survive.

By William R. Woodward (faculty3-cis327.unh.edu - on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 4:22 pm: Edit Post

I hosted the Seacoast for Kucinich group in New Hanmpshire from January through July, then took a rest, and in September began to work for Kerry. I hosted a house party which 31 attended, including 7 children. My son is performing folk protest music this Friday, and I am doing publicity. I take food to the young workers at the Kerry local Kerry office. I will be a poll watcher. As for reasons, I recommend Crossing the Rubicon by Michael Ruppert, and Fixing America, by John Buchanan. These books follow on The New Pearl Harbor, by Griffith. Ruppert shows how the Bush administration staged the World Trade Center attacks. Buchanan shows that Bushites are the culmination of two decades of cynical planning by Pat Robertson to subvert the judiciary and infiltrate the Congress with the Christian Right agenda. Now that is fueled by the Jewish right (AIPEC) and it is a lethal mix. The Palestine question is at the root of terrorism; I wish one could address this in the U.S. because otherwise freedom fighters (a.k.a. terrorists) will continue their struggle.

By Don R. (209-112-180-129.doi.anc.acsalaska.net - on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 6:16 pm: Edit Post

While it may be fashionable to be of a liberal bent in the Peace Corps (lots of peer pressure?), to be realistic is to support and vote for President Bush. We need a strong, decisive leader in this day and age, someone who does not waffle like Kerry. The President has real moral values, i.e. pro-life and against abortion, and has a strong belief and faith in God. As Psalm 118:8 states, "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man."

By Daryl T. Smith (pc-soahec34.nmsu.edu - on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 - 7:37 pm: Edit Post

I'm going to take the day off on November 2 and all day long, drive as many people (registered Democrats) to the voting booths as I possibly can. The difference in New Mexico four years ago was only a few hundred votes.

I would have preferred Howard Dean, but John Kerry is certainly a much better alternative (and much more intelligent) than the incumbent. This world will be a lot more dangerous and chaotic with four more years of the same.

My vote is already cast, and on a paper ballot to boot! Get out and vote early, and vote Kerry-Edwards. No excuses!

By Joan Mansfield (01-047.195.popsite.net - on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 2:41 am: Edit Post

I can't believe that anyone who has served in the Peace Corps could be supporting Bush! Who are these 13%?

By Jeff Busch (c-24-18-148-118.client.comcast.net - on Thursday, October 28, 2004 - 3:43 am: Edit Post

I am one of the 13%. Served proudly in Panama. I also am one of those strange people who love the freedoms that we all take for granted here in the US. Freedoms that are historically protected by STRONG Presidents in times of world strife.

I have also had the pleasure of traveling to over 20 countries in my short life, and realize that freedom is not free, and that the US is the last bastion of hope for many people. That is why the dreams of so many people involve a move to the US to provide opportunity to their families.

What does this have to do with my voting for Bush? Read my posting in the "Supporting Bush for President" section.

By PCV in LA (ca-stmnca-cuda1-blade10a-234.stmnca.adelphia.net - on Friday, November 05, 2004 - 10:10 pm: Edit Post

This was a great verdict for the US and the world. History will be much more respectful of President Bush and his accomplishments than his contemporary critics, many of whom are emotional and fanatical. Just as emotional and fanatical as they were with Reagan. History has shown a bright light on Reagan and his great vision and strength. Bush is no Reagan, but he will be vindicated by history as well.

It also is great to know that propagandists like Michael Moore do not win!! He is a modern day Hitler and no reasonable, professional journalist would ever give him quarter.

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