By Brook Corwin
Republicans and Democrats marched along Franklin Street and through campus Saturday afternoon rallying for a single cause - fairness and democracy in the undecided presidential election.
But their definitions of such democracy and their methods of rallying differed greatly.
Coinciding with more than 100 similar rallies nationwide, about 30 students and local residents convened in the Pit to begin what was billed as a "Rally for Democracy" by the Young Democrats, who organized the event.
Most of the participants carried signs advocating a recount or a revote in Florida, but they insisted their cause transcended political party lines.
"It's not a matter of Democrats versus Republicans," said Rhea Worrell, a Chapel Hill resident and rally participant. "It is a matter of whether we can trust our electoral process."
Such a nonpartisan view was echoed by Young Democrats President Chris Brook as he addressed the sign-toting crowd. "We don't care who wins in Florida," he said. "We just want to know who really won in Florida."
But Justin Johnson, co-vice chairman for the College Republicans, said it was hypocritical on the part of those protesting to call the rally nonpartisan. "They call it a nonpartisan rally, but clearly it is partisan," he said. "Just try and find a (George W.) Bush supporter in that group. At least we're being honest by supporting Bush."