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Nader v. Dean: The State of Elections
Last Featured: 7/12/2004

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Ralph Nader. Howard Dean. The two political icons of progressive politics have broken through voter apathy and cynicism to inspire unprecedented numbers of Americans to engage in the political process. Edging closer to the fall campaign season, the two have taken very different approaches toward achieving the goals of what they both see as a citizens’ agenda. As we watch the push for democracy abroad, the debate over the role of third parties and independent candidates raises challenging questions about democracy at home. The issue has taken its place alongside the economy, healthcare and the war in Iraq in an election with a closely divided electorate.


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Governor Howard Dean, M.D. is the founder and honorary chair of Democracy for America, a political action committee dedicated to using its resources to support socially progressive and fiscally conservative candidates at every level of government. Dean achieved national prominence during his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. He began his campaign on a platform of balanced federal budgets and universal health care and was later thrust into the national spotlight because of his outspoken opposition to the war in Iraq. Dean began his political career in 1983 as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He was elected lieutenant governor of Vermont in 1986, and was reelected in 1988 and 1990. He became governor upon the death of Governor Richard A. Snelling on August 14, 1991. Elected to a full term in November 1992, he was reelected four times. Dean is a past chairman of the National Governors’ Association, the Democratic Governors’ Association, and the New England Governors’ Conference.

Ralph Nader has saved lives, opened minds, implemented solutions, and inspired citizens everywhere to participate in building a better, more democratic world. He has founded or organized more than 100 civic organizations, authored countless books and publications, and perhaps more than any other person has defined our modern understanding of the American ideals of democracy, civic duty, and participation for the public good, rather than dominance by the corporate powers. Known for his ethics, integrity and independence, Ralph Nader is recognized world-wide for putting democracy to work and getting results. Once again, Ralph Nader is standing up for all Americans, proposing brighter solutions and futures while decrying the big government erosion of civil liberties, the vast diversion of tax dollars for wasteful military spending, the Iraq quagmire, and the daily abuses and frauds suffered by ordinary Americans at the hands of corrupt corporations and indifferent bureaucracies.

Closing Quote
"In our brief national history we have shot four of our presidents, worried five of them to death, impeached one and hounded another out of office. And when all else fails, we hold an election and assassinate their character."

— P.J. O’Rourke

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