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Commentary :: Politics
BTL:Activist Granny D, 94, Launches Campaign for Senate Seat in New Hampshire
07 Aug 2004
Modified: 11:49:38 AM
Speech by Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 94-year-old U.S. Senate candidate and activist, produced by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Activist Granny D, 94, Launches Campaign for Senate Seat in New Hampshire

Speech by Doris "Granny D" Haddock, 94-year-old U.S. Senate candidate and activist, produced by Melinda Tuhus

Doris Haddock, known as Granny D, is a 94-year-old activist who gained fame five years ago when she walked across the U.S. to promote campaign finance reform. Both John McCain and Russell Feingold, the Senate sponsors of the campaign reform law, have credited Haddock with helping ensure its passage. Though there are many loopholes through which unregulated contributions still flows to candidates, the McCain -Feingold law is viewed by many as a symbolic start in getting big money out of politics.

Haddock began another campaign last year, traveling around the country encouraging working women to register to vote, in line with her conviction that if more working women vote, more progressives will be elected to office at all levels.

She interrupted that campaign in June to announce a run for a U.S. Senate seat from New Hampshire, against well-funded incumbent Republican Sen. Judd Gregg after his Democratic challenger suddenly dropped out of the race. She says she is running to win, and has attracted several highly experienced campaign volunteers, one of whom is Joe Trippi, the mastermind behind Howard Dean's insurgent Internet- driven campaign. Haddock was one of the keynote speakers at the Boston Social Forum which took place the weekend before the Democratic National Convention. The following are excerpts from her talk, recorded by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus on July 24th.

For more information on Granny D's New Hampshire Senate campaign, call (603) 563-8036 or visit her website at

Related links:

"'Granny D' to Become 'Senator Granny D'?"by Matthew Cardinale, July 20, 2004 by

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