Originally created 02/28/04

Kerry has a pair of Kings in his deck



Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is flooding the state with stand-ins this weekend leading up to Tuesday's primary, including a pair of women Kings.

Singer-songwriter Carole King made stops in Atlanta, Augusta and Savannah on Friday, and will head for Macon and Athens today. And Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is also in his corner.

Friday afternoon, Carole King made her first appearance in the Garden City, speaking to a crowd of about a hundred at Metro A Coffeehouse downtown.

In an informal talk, the New York native said she was "preaching to the choir" of mainly Kerry supporters while appealing to those deciding between Mr. Kerry and opponent John Edwards when she guaranteed that if they went home and looked at Mr. Kerry's strong public service record, they would undoubtedly vote for him.

In discussing Mr. Kerry's position as the front-runner, she said, "We take nothing for granted. We want to deliver Georgia as a Kerry state. And we need your help."

Ms. King said she met Mr. Kerry four years ago and began campaigning for him two years ago out of frustration with the direction in which President Bush was leading the country.

"All of us have our local pride in where we live, but all Americans have certain things in common. We all want to have a healthy environment, to be a safe country and to have quality education ," she said. "I feel like what I have in common with the people of Augusta is that I want those things for my family, too."

Earlier in the day, the singer also spoke to a luncheon of Women for Kerry at the Georgia Freight Depot, reluctantly agreeing to sing two songs. As she sang the first, I Feel the Earth Move, the rumbling of a train on the nearby tracks actually did shake the floor.

"We're going to make the earth move under George Bush's feet," she quipped.

Though her biggest hit album, Tapestry, was released in 1971, she said she has been gratified that she's been able to draw crowds for the campaign since it began in Iowa.

But she's spending more time in Georgia than any other state so far in the race, she said, because she wanted Mr. Kerry to have a good showing here to demonstrate his electability in a state with conservative views.

"Georgia is probably more conservative (than Mr. Kerry), but that's why it's interesting to see this turnout," she said.

Max Cleland, a former U.S. senator for Georgia, is traveling with other veterans to Columbus, Macon and Warner Robins and appeared with Carole King in Savannah on Friday night.

"I am taking my campaign to every region of Georgia with the help of some close friends, supporters and volunteers," Mr. Kerry said in a statement released by his campaign.

Mr. Kerry will be back in Georgia on Monday for an 8 p.m. rally in the Atlanta music hall, The Tabernacle.