John Kerry faces Heat from own party
Corker, the mayor of Chattanooga, is Ford's Republican opponent in next week's vote.
Some Democrats in tight races who planned on appearing with Kerry changed those plans. A Democratic official said Bob Casey, who is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania, canceled a scheduled appearance Wednesday night with John Kerry in Philadelphia. "I would be surprised if you see him welcome out there anywhere and certainly not in a race that is meaningful," the official said. In Iowa, Bruce Braley, a Democratic House candidate, also announced Kerry would not be appearing with him as planned.
Kerry's office said House campaign appearances had canceled -- by mutual decision -- so as not to "allow the Republican hate machine to use Democratic candidates as their proxies in their distorted spin war in which once again they're willing to exploit brave American troops."
But Democrats in hot campaigns were clearly wary of their former standard-bearer. When a campaign aide to Sherrod Brown, who is trying to unseat Republican Sen. Mike DeWine in Ohio, was asked if Kerry was scheduled to be in the Buckeye State before election day, the response was, "Oh, God no."
Not all Democrats piled on. Dean dismissed the controversy, telling reporters in Vermont, "Kerry made a blooper. Bloopers happen," according to The Associated Press.
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