Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
Though Election Day was almost one month ago and Sen. John Kerry conceded the presidential race, his campaign is still not giving up in Ohio, the state which gave President Bush enough electoral votes for re-election.
Kerry’s campaign is looking to join a legal battle over the state’s impending recount, and has asked an Ohio judge for permission to join two third-party candidates in the process.
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, the Green Party has been working with the Libertarian Party on the statewide recount of ballots, after Bush secured the battleground state by some 136,000 votes. Kerry officials are now looking to be part of their effort.
But according to the Washington Post, Delaware County, just outside Columbus, won a restraining order preventing any recount there, citing a poor use of county resources. Bush reportedly won that county easily.
“If there’s going to be a recount in Ohio, we don’t want it to exclude Delaware County or any other county that might decide to follow Delaware County’s lead,” Kerry lawyer Dan Hoffheimer told the Post. “It should be a full, fair and accurate recount.”
Attorneys for Green Party candidate David Cobb are also asking for a federal court to hear the case, which is already slated for state court.
In a nationally televised speech Nov. 3, Kerry conceded he lost the race to President Bush, even though the vote was close in Ohio.
“In America, it is vital that every vote count, and that every vote be counted,” he said. “But the outcome should be decided by voters, not a protracted legal process. I would not give up this fight if there was a chance that we would prevail.
“But is now clear that even when all the provisional ballots are counted, which they will be, there won’t be enough outstanding votes for us to be able to win Ohio. And therefore we cannot win this election.”
In the past month, there have been reports suggesting Kerry would possibly seek the presidency again in 2008.
His brother and political confidant, Cameron F. Kerry, told the Boston Globe a second run was “conceivable.”