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Wednesday, June 11, 2003


Howard Dean's college strategy pays off

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, June 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From The Hill, the newspaper of the US Congress, comes a great mention of Dean and his college campus strategy. Kudos especially to Students for Dean organizer Michael Whitney for getting his name in print! :)

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Howard Dean’s college strategy pays off

Nearly every presidential election has what campaign consultants call a “novelty” candidate. In elections past, Ralph Nader, Ross Perot and former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) fit the description.

Ex-Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) may be this year’s novelty candidate, but Dean is showing signs of moving away from the political fringe. And if he pulls it off, he will have used the same strategy perfected by another novelty candidate, former Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.), who ran for president in 1968.

A poll published recently by Harvard’s Institute of Politics suggests that “campus kids,” as the survey labeled them, could be the deciding swing vote in the 2004 election. Like McCarthy more than 30 years ago, Dean has been busy tapping colleges across the country for volunteers.

During the spring, he built a nationwide network, known as the Dean’s List, that now has links to 175 colleges and universities.

“Most candidates ignore students or put them to work in the mailroom,” said Michael Whitney, who is a Dean organizer.

Novelty candidate? grrrr.

If you're a college student and want to see how you can get organized for Dean, drop by the SFD Forum and register!


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