"'At the end of the day,' he said, 'I think more people felt that George Bush would keep them safer than John Kerry. This was a unique time. The die was cast on Sept. 11.'
Mr. McAuliffe took pains not to criticize Mr. Kerry or his campaign. But he offered what amounted to unusual and effusive praise of the campaign run by Mr. Kerry's opponent, in particular its use of consumer modeling to identify and appeal to specific segments of Democratic and independent voters. "