What's Next in Race?

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

Al Rosenbaum of Meridian has been interested in politics for over 50 years. He served as Meridian's mayor from 1977 to 1985 and has been active in economic development both before and after that time.

Newscenter 11 asked him if, in his opinion, either candidate could win on a single issue: Sen. John Kerry on his service in Vietnam or Pres. George W. Bush on how he handled 9/11.

"I can't tell you about Kerry and his service in Vietnam. It has created so much conversation that I just don't know what the negative conversation has done to him," said Rosenbaum.

"I think the people are disgusted with Iraq. 9/11, he was great," said Rosenbaum of President Bush. "There's no question about it. I don't think that alone will determine the election."

Rosenbaum said, while be believes the majority of the American people have already made up their minds, something unforeseen might happen between now and November 2 that could determine the winner.

"It was so close before and it's so close according to the polls now, that some major outside event could absolutely trigger it," he said.

But the former mayor said at this time, people are still not caught up with the election of 2004.

"I think the people are tired of it. It started too soon and I think my general feeling is the people would like to get it over with," Rosenbaum said.


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