Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 14, 2004 · Page 4
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A-4 - SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2004 GOVERNMENT udj@pa6ific.net Kerry mathematically secures Democratic nomination By QENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — John Kerry locked up the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday, reaching the magic number of delegates needed to become President Bush's chief rival in the general election, according to an Associated Press tally. The four-term Massachusetts senator reached the 2,162 delegate mark Saturday afternoon, the AP count found, just as Democrats in Kansas headed to party caucuses. Amassing the required number of delegates was a mere formality for Kerry after his last main Democratic opponent, John Edwards, dropped out of the race following a disastrous showing on March 2, when 10 states held "Super Tuesday" contests. "We're certainly pleased to have as many delegates that we do, but John Kerry will continue to fight for as many votes as possible from now up until we arrive in Boston for the (Democratic) convention," campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said. Kerry hit the magic number early Saturday afternoon thanks to support from "superdelegates" — people who get a vote at the convention in July by virtue of their influence within the party. Kerry had 2,000 delegates following his commanding wins in primaries in four Southern states last week. He picked up the last 162 needed through superdelegate endorsements and pledges to vote for him at the convention. Superdelegates don't have to abide by the results of the primary or caucus in their state, and can change their mind on who to support at any time. There will be a total of 4,322 delegates at party convention, with nomination requiring the votes of a simple majority of at least 2,162, Losers have lessons to offer Kerry, Bush Associated Press .WASHINGTON — One by one. John Kerry's former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination fell by the wayside, their campaigns consigned to history. As the Bush vs. Kerry matchup begins in earnest, however, lessons remain to be learned from the likes of John Edwards, Howard Dean and Wesley Clark. Dean, for one, showed both parties how to harness the power of the Internet. Edwards, Kerry's last major rival to fall, demonstrated that nice guys don't have to finish last, that "likeability matters," in the words of Democratic consultant Paul Begala. Clark, the retired general, showed Democrats how to challenge President Bush on national security. "There are great lessons for both sides out of the primary process," said Rich Bond, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said Kerry and Bush can "take a little bit of this and a pinch of that," from the different campaigns. "I'm sure that over the coming weeks, they'll find some good lines and some great tactics and strategies." she said. Bond credited Dean, whose only primary victory came in his home state of Vermont, with helping lo turn the notion of "Internet citizens" into a reality. The former governor raised $1 million via the Internet early on and tapped into the Web's networking poten- See LESSONS, Page A-5 through any combination of pledged delegates gained in primaries and caucuses, and superdelegates. The AP count is based on state and party rules, analysis of election results, and interviews with superdelegates. Support was counted only if the superdelegate could be contacted. White House, GOP forced to take a look at importing drugs Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and Republican congressional leaders are being forced to take a hard new look at the idea of importing cheaper prescription drugs from foreign countries as an election-year clamor grows for removing prohibitions. Continuing increases in prescription drug prices — the fastest growing item in health care — and the pitched partisan battle over the new Medicare law have given the topic greater prominence in Congress and on the campaign trail. AARP, the 35-million- member seniors' group that gave Republican-backed Medicare legislation a critical endorsement last year, backs allowing imports. So do two Republican senators, former GOP leader Trent Lott of Mississippi and John Cornyn of Texas, both changing their position in recent days. And so do nearly two-thirds of Americans, according to a recent AP poll. Drug importation has become a proxy for talking about the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States. Spending on prescription drugs is the fastest-growing component of health care costs, rising 15.3 percent in 2002. Drug costs are expected to outstrip the overall growth in health care spending for the next 10 years, and that projection doesn't even take into account the new Medicare prescription drug benefit that begins in 2006. Many economists believe the change will lead to an additional increase in costs. "We're not talking about an academic situation. We're talking about seniors who are going to bed tonight making the decision whether to pay for prescription drugs or to eat," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an author of an importation bill, said at a hearing this week. 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