November 1, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Democratic challenger makes last-minute Teaneck stopover!

Buried in a Knight-Ridder story with the shocking news that Bitter presidential campaign nears end!
The tradition of late-campaign travel madness dates back at least as far as 1960. That year, Republican Richard Nixon closed his campaign with a 7,170-mile, 36-hour trip that started in Los Angeles on the final Sunday afternoon. He made stops in Alaska (he'd promised to get to all 50 states), Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois before returning to California.

Democrat John Kennedy, who defeated Nixon, kept up a similar pace but covered shorter distances. His final 48-hour itinerary: Waterbury, Wallingford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, all in Connecticut; Suffolk County, N.Y.; Teaneck, Jersey City and Newark, N.J.; Lewiston, Maine; Providence, R.I.; Springfield, Mass; Burlington, Vt.; Manchester, N.H.; and finally Boston.

Both men were pretty much done, though, by midnight Monday. The first candidate to keep going into Tuesday morning was Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988, who, after a rally in Los Angeles late Monday, had a predawn event in Iowa and a morning one in Detroit before going home to Boston.

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