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Lister 1 Michael Lister Political Science 102 Michael Lewkowicz 11/22/06 Corker v. Ford: Moderate Right v. Moderate Left W.C. Fields once said, “ Hell, I never vote for anybody. I always vote against.” In elections in the past, this has been the overall sentiment held by the American people. This was especially evident in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential election campaigns. In 2000, the state of Tennessee did not even elect a former Representative of their state, Al Gore, to the presidency. In 2004, neither candidates were liked, but apparently people disliked Kerry more so than Bush. People try and pretend that this is not the case in elections, but it truly is in many. The Senatorial race in Tennessee is a different story though. Both candidates had strong ties with the areas that they grew up in and were well respected by many. On top of that, both candidates held similar views on many issues, so there was no completely obvious split between the two except for party affiliation. Because of these similarities, the constituency was able to vote based on their preference for the candidate themselves and not just for a major issue. The nature of the campaigns and candidates make this race extremely exciting and thus should be closely examined. The race and candidates can be broken down into four sections: the candidates, the office at stake, the constituency, and the reason for the outcome of the race. In many political families, the passion to serve one’s country is passed down from generation to generation. Fathers lead they way and their sons follow in their footsteps.
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Lister 2 The Ford family continues this tradition. Harold Ford Jr.’s road to the political game began with his father, Harold Ford Sr. Ford Sr. served in the United States House of Representatives from 1974 until 1996 (CongressDaily 21). Harold Ford Jr, born in Memphis, Tennessee on May 11, 1970, led a life that was surrounded by politics. He attended high school in Washington D.C, and from there, went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in American History in 1992 and later received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 1996. Ford Jr. then entered the race for the United States House of Representatives in the 9 th district in the state of Tennessee. During this election, he took the BAR exam, but failed. He does, however, plan to retake the exam. Ford will continue to serve as a Representative until January of 2007 when he will be replaced by Steve Cohen. Harold Ford Jr. is a Democrat, which is not surprising because he grew up in a predominantly African-American town. He generally tends to lean more towards the conservative middle of the Democratic Party, however. He is an active member of the Blue Dog Coalition which supports his more conservative and centrist points of view. As previously mentioned, Ford holds relatively moderate political views which can be seen
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course POLIT SCI 102 taught by Professor Laurenharding during the Fall '07 term at University of Tennessee.

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