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Friday, July 25, 2003


Report on Dean Corps in Iowa: Dean Campaign More Than Politics as Usual

posted by Christopher at Friday, July 25, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Another great thing about the Dean campaign is its willingness to engage in the unconventional. Most campaigns are simply about increasing name recognition and finding new contributors. The Dean team is smart to focus on getting local volunteers plugged into community activities - not only will this generate goodwill for Dean, but it will multiply his base of support, as Dean Corps members introduce themselves to individuals at the local level. A great use of grassroots support!

Bush's failure to engage citizens in community activities in the post-9/11 world, only underscores the difference between the two candidates. Dean's effort here should serve him well.

** FYI, I've been in Mexico the last six weeks, and now relocated in Montpelier, VT. Sorry to have been out of touch!


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