Kerry feeling strains on his left flank

June 1, 2004 at 4:44 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 1 (UPI) -- Democratic insiders say many of former candidate Howard Dean's antiwar supporters have not switched to John Kerry's candidacy for U.S. president.

Although most have flocked to the liberal Massachusetts senator, many are backing Ralph Nader who, unlike Kerry, says he will pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq, the Washington Times reported.

"There are Democrats who are upset with Kerry over his position on the war," said Kevin Zeese, spokesman for the Nader campaign.

Other episodes of party disagreement have broken out in the last month as minority leaders have begun expressing displeasure with the mostly white makeup of Kerry's campaign staff, including:

-- The president of the National Council of La Raza, one of the country's most politically powerful Hispanic organizations, complaining not "a single one of (Kerry's) senior staff is Latino."

-- Donna Brazile, one of the party's leading black strategists, who ran Al Gore's 2000 campaign, attacking Kerry for not placing more blacks in positions of influence in his campaign.

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