TITLE

Identity Theft

AUTHOR(S)
Lizza, Ryan
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;6/16/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 23, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Presents a campaign journal for 2004 Democratic presidential candidates. The most common complaint coming from the Democratic presidential campaigns is "stop, thief." As the nine candidates try to carve out unique identities for themselves, each is becoming increasingly territorial about any idea, proposal, applause line, or other aspect of his campaign he believes is distinctively his own. All of the griping points to just how hard it is for the candidates to distinguish themselves in a crowded field. It also raises the question of how many big new Democratic ideas there are there. Each campaign has its particular set of complaints. As Congressman Dick Gephardt's aides watch the primary of ideas unfold, they swear they see their boss's rhetoric and proposals everywhere. In the Senator John Edwards camp, jaws hit the floor almost every time they hear Senator John Kerry unveil a new policy. Undoubtedly, the most unusual allegation of political identity theft comes from Senator Bob Graham's campaign. Nothing is more closely associated with the Florida senator than his habit of keeping detailed notes of his life in pocket notebooks--something he's been doing for 26 years. Last month, Senator Joseph Lieberman's campaign unveiled a new blog on which the Connecticut senator posts mundane details of his travels. But no campaign has been more protective--some might say paranoid--about its candidate's identity than that of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. Several candidates have come out for civil unions since Dean started talking about the issue, and, according to Trippi, Gephardt has appropriated Dean's formulation for talking about health care and the Bush tax cuts (the same formulation Gephardt's people say Kerry stole from them).
ACCESSION #
9969687

 

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