Wednesday, September 01, 2004

The UNC K-E Kids Rally: One Person Responds

We had a reader write-in with a few thoughts about the visit by Vanessa Kerry, Cate Edwards and Alexander Heinz visit to UNC. His words, unedited...

I'm sorry to those of y’all who worked on the Kerry/Edwards daughter event yesterday, but I thought it was horrible.

I don't understand why after 4 days of planning there were no Kerry/Edwards signs but there. Bush supporters covered most of the camera angles with individual signs and a barnyard sign.

Most of the press coverage on the news was from other events the girls did during the day. Even the interviews I saw being shot were with Bush supporters. The excuses I heard for the poor rally were a lack of funding for Young Democrats.

Am I wrong in thinking that the campaign would have been happy to lend several hundred signs to add to visibility? Because there was no visibility. That, in addition to the difficulty people had hearing the speakers made for a lackluster rally, in which the only memorable part was where the College Repubs could be heard cheering when asked who would have a good job when they graduated.


At September 1, 2004 at 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, fair enough. It wasn't a great rally, I'll admit. We didn't have any signs, and that was an egregious error. I'll take some of the blame for that. If I get a chance to make up for it, I will.

To be fair though, the turnout was pretty good (600+ all told), and the sound problems aren't problems on our end.

But again, I will take responsibility for my part in dropping the ball.


At September 2, 2004 at 12:32 AM, Blogger M. Compton said...

Were there really 600 folks? Cause I've heard estimates as low as 200 and the DTH ran their article with an estimate of 300. If 600 there were, then that's awesome. If it was as low as 200, then I'm disappointed.

At September 2, 2004 at 4:13 PM, Blogger Bret said...

Campus Police reported that there were 600 individuals at the rally. I was only there are the very beginning because of previous commitments, but based on what I saw and comparing it to Monday's nights Bowles event with 500+ people, this was about accurate. The police tend to under-estimate the ammount of people at events in my experience (see for instance the Kerry/Edwards rally in Raleigh with police estimates of 15,000 versus organizer estimates of 25,000 --> my guess is that it was somehere about in the middle of that).

As far as the success of the event, I think that we are missing the point. What I notice is a buzz that lasted for two days on campus about the Kerry/Edwards daughters coming to campus. As long as people on campus and in the community are talking about it and know that the children of the candidates took the time to visit our university, I say objective achieved.

At September 2, 2004 at 4:17 PM, Blogger Bret said...

Typo: That last post that I wrote should read 600+ people, not 500+, for the total of the Bowles event.

At September 2, 2004 at 5:52 PM, Blogger M. Compton said...

Except, at some point in the fall, JFK is doing a campus tour, and I want us to be on that schedule.

At September 3, 2004 at 1:10 AM, Blogger Justin Guillory said...

I think I can clarify a few things...

KerryEdwards organizers were very pleased with the turnout. They said it was the largest rally the children have had on a college campus this year.

The lack of signs are directly due to the tight budget of the campaign. These type of trips simply don't have a big budget.

You can blame the school administration for the low sound volume. They have restrictions on the amount of amplification during class hours.

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