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DON'T Believe It!

Reported by Judy - July 6, 2004 -

If you hear someone on Fox News today (July 6) say that John Kerry should get a 15 to 20 percent bounce in the polls after picking his running mate, don't believe it. It's coming straight from the Republicans.

That's the word directly from Fox's campaign reporter, Carl Cameron.

During speculation about Kerry's running mate pick, Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy said (7:08 a.m. EDT) said tradtionally presidential candidates get a 15-point bounce after selecting a running mate.

At 7:56 a.m., however, Doocy interviewed Cameron, who had reported at 7:32 a.m. EDT that Edwards was the pick. Cameron said the usual "bounce" is 10 to 15 percent and that Republicans are trying to raise expectations by saying Kerry should get a 15 to 20 percent bounce.

So if you hear anyone at Fox News today say Kerry should be getting a 15 to 20 percent bounce, don't believe it. It's GOP spin, pure and simple. The goal is to undercut what is expected to be good news for Kerry -- the selection of a young, talented, charismatic running mate who is well-liked among the party faithful.