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The Home-State Record: John Kerry

From: Vermont Public Radio
Series: "The Home-State Record"
Length: 04:12

In-depth look at the Massachusetts perspective on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Default-piece-image-1 Provides a local perspective on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Massachusetts voters say Kerry has been a good senator, though they have trouble identifying a central theme in his public service. This is part of a 9-part series called: Home-State Record. VPR is working with seven public radio stations to coordinate a national project that provides listeners with an in-depth look at the home-state records of the Democratic presidential candidates. VPR engaged a local public radio journalist in the candidates' home states to produce a four-and-a-half-minute news story providing a unique look at each candidate's record. Participating journalists/stations include: Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio on Wesley Clark); VPR's John Dillon (profiling Howard Dean); Julie Donnelly, formerly of WUNC and now a Boston-based freelance journalist (profiling John Edwards); Matt Sepic of KWMU (profiling Dick Gephardt); WFCR's Susan Kaplan (profiling John Kerry); Vincent Duffy of WKSU (profiling Dennis Kuccinich); WNPR-Connecticut Public Radio's Heather Clayborne (profiling Joe Lieberman); Jenny Lawton of WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio (profiling Carol Moseley Braun) and WNYC's Jim Colgan (profiling Al Sharpton). This nine-part news series will be uploaded December 8, 2003 for station use at no charge.

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Provides a local perspective on Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Massachusetts voters say Kerry has been a good senator, though they have trouble identifying a central theme in his public service. This is part of a 9-part series called: Home-State Record. VPR is working with seven public radio stations to coordinate a national project that provides listeners with an in-depth look at the home-state records of the Democratic presidential candidates. VPR engaged a local public radio journalist in the candidates' home states to produce a four-and-a-half-minute news story providing a unique look at each candidate's record. Participating journalists/stations include: Josh Rogers of New Hampshire Public Radio on Wesley Clark); VPR's John Dillon (profiling Howard Dean); Julie Donnelly, formerly of WUNC and now a Boston-based freelance journalist (profiling John Edwards); Matt Sepic of KWMU (profiling Dick Gephardt); WFCR's Susan Kaplan (profiling John Kerry); Vincent Duffy of WKSU (profiling Dennis Kuccinich); WNPR-Connecticut Public Radio's Heather Clayborne (profiling Joe Lieberman); Jenny Lawton of WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio (profiling Carol Moseley Braun) and WNYC's Jim Colgan (profiling Al Sharpton). This nine-part news series will be uploaded December 8, 2003 for station use at no charge.

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Review of The Home-State Record: John Kerry

Well done. I played this piece as part of a review of the presidential race, just before the DNC. Hopefully other stations will have a spot to plug this in before it's no longer relevant.

Transcript

(Host intro) Today in our series on the home-state records of the Democratic presidential candidates we look at Senator John Kerry.

As Susan Kaplan from public radio station
W-F-C-R in Amherst, Massachusetts, reports, the Kerry record doesn't convey one central theme for Bay Staters.

(Montage of Massachusetts voters)
"I would say that I've been very happy with him as a senator. I pretty much agree with most of his votes. I think it's the Gore syndrome. There's this dynamic piece that's missing in terms of his personality, and I hate to say it because he's got a great record..."
"I wish he'd stop saying so much about his war days. I think that's going to hurt him. I mean you can say something, just keep it a little lower than what he's doing. It's just too much..."
"I would love to see a president from Massachusetts."

(Paul Robbins) "Depending on who you ask, John Kerry...
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Timing and Cues

This story requires host to read a live intro and outro. This story requires a 4:30 hole; actual runtime is 4:12. See transcript for Host Intro and Outro, and for story's In-Cue and Out-Cue.

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