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Thursday, July 01, 2004


Dean to Tackle Nader

posted by Christopher at Thursday, July 01, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Howard Dean is set to debate Ralph Nader for 90 minutes on an upcoming NPR segment. Whether or not you believe that debating Nader gives him 'free press' and media attention thus legitimizing his run, he's clearly staying in the race. If Dean can make a compelling case to potential Nader supporters and deflate him in a head-to-head debate it could really help Kerry.

These types of debates can make a real impact on public opinion of a candidate. Remember Al Gore knocking Ross Perot around on NAFTA a few years back? Regardless of the merits of NAFTA, Perot was clearly rattled and never regained his stature as a serious national candidate after that. This could be a great opportunity for Dean to strike a unity call for all those opposed to the Bush Administration. Obviously there's risk involved as well should Nader effectively raise his profile with an effective debate.

Any other thoughts, comments on this count?


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God luck with it : )


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