A couple of weeks back I received an email from my friend, Dave Koch. He was expressing his dismay and dissatisfaction with the way things are going in Washington, DC. "We could do better," he said. "Why don't we run for President and Vice President?"
At first, I assumed he was joking. But I responded. And we began to share ideas about the campaign, and what we could accomplish. And suddenly, it wasn't really a joke at all, but a mission.
Today, we officially announce our candidacy to capture the White House in 2008. Dave Koch for President, and myself (Ken Goldstein) for Vice President. We are independent candidates, not aligned with any party. The campaign web site is up at dave08.com and we have a group set up at MySpace.com. Please check them out and share your ideas with us either through the web site, or in our MySpace forum.
One of the things that will make this campaign different is that Dave and I don't agree on many issues. He's a moderate conservative, and I am quite liberal. But, unlike the name calling and demonizing that has replaced debate in Congress, we listen to each other, respect each other's opinions, and look for areas of common ground.
This campaign is about that open debate. It is about wresting power away from the entrenched duopoly that no longer responds to the electorate. It is about finding out what the American people truly want from their government and delivering it.
We're quite a long shot at this time. But we've got nearly two-and-a-half years to gather supporters and spread the message. This is a grassroots campaign, and will require lots of volunteers (if you happen to be interested), but I promise it will be fun as well as rewarding.
Read my full Statement of Candidacy at the dave08.com web site and please join us on this journey.
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