TITLE

HIDING IN THE GRASSROOTS

AUTHOR(S)
Zengerle, Jason
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/17/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 20, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The author gives U.S. presidential candidate Howard Dean a "D" for intellectual honesty for claiming that his decision to not participate in the public-financing system for presidential campaigns was made by his supporters. Once upon a time, when Dean was an upstart candidate, he pledged to participate in the public-financing system, which would entitle him to federal matching funds but would also limit his campaign spending to $45 million. Now Dean also wants to opt out, but, to avoid looking like a hypocrite, he has decided to act as if his supporters are telling him to do it. This week, Dean sent out e-mails to 500,000 Deaniacs asking them whether he should forgo public financing. His campaign has pledged to abide by their decision. The language Dean's campaign uses in its poll is so blatantly slanted in favor of the opt-out option that it's hard to see how any Dean supporter would choose to stick with the public-financing system. Dean has good reason to opt out, but he should admit that the decision is his and his alone.
ACCESSION #
11337808

 

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