Doris Haddock on Principles & Values

Send me to the lion's den-Washington will never be the same

Washington will never be the same! So many of the problems we face directly derive from the influence of special interest groups in Washington. I have walked long and worked hard to help clean up the system from the outside. Now please help send me into the lion's den to work for fundamental reform and the interests of the people of New Hampshire and of America, and not the insurance companies and not the oil companies and not the defense contractors and lobbyists. And in getting to that victory in this campaign, let's see what kind of a campaign we can create without special interest PAC donations, but instead with truth , energy & fun.

If you have had it with politics-as-usual, there is no stronger statement you can make than to vote for a 94 year old woman. I am not just a "none of the above" vote (although I am indeed that!), I will actually work to create a wave of change when I am elected. But, win or lose, your vote will be a shot across the bow of the old system that no longer represents us.

Source: Campaign website, GrannyD.com, Welcome message Aug 29, 2004

Decided on one day's notice to run for Senate

My son came to me one morning at 6:30," Haddock recalls. "He had been listening to the radio, and he said, `How would you like to run for the Senate?' I said, `Are you out of your mind?' He said, `No, but poor Burt Cohen has tried to resign, and you've got until 5:30 tonight to decide whether or not you want to do it.'
Source: Adam Reilly, Boston Phoenix, p.1 Aug 20, 2004

Supported Kucinich in Democratic presidential primaries

Haddock has tepid feelings about Kerry. Haddock was an enthusiastic supporter of Dennis Kucinich [in the primaries]- whom she describes as the "wave of the future" - and Kucinich-campaign veterans have filled key positions on her staff. She is less excited by Kerry. "I think Kerry is going to be a good president," Haddock says of the Democratic nominee. "He understands the man on the street, I believe, and so I think that he will be a good interim." A glowing endorsement it is not.
Source: Adam Reilly, Boston Phoenix, p.1 Aug 20, 2004

Not too old to read the Constitution & defend its principles

For those who may doubt my capacity to serve, let me assure them that, while I may struggle for the right word from time to time, I can yet string my words together somewhat better than even our current President. And, while I need glasses for some reading, I can see clearly the difference between a necessary war and an unnecessary war, and the difference between a balanced budget and a deficit. Most importantly, I can read the Constitution and its Bill of Rights very easily and clearly, and, when elected, I will do what so many others in today's Washington have not had the decency to do, and that is to abide by their oath to defend it.

I am running for the US Senate against a good man, Judd Gregg, who has allowed himself to become an enabler of George Bush and his neo-con scourge now afflicting our nation and the world. I am running so that our voters might at the very least send Mr. Gregg a message: that we expect our senators to represent common sense and the interests of our country.

Source: Senate candidacy announcement speech Jun 17, 2004

Asking young Judd, "What in the world are you thinking?"

I am the angry grandmother of the New Hampshire family, come off my porch to ask young Judd what in the world he is thinking when he supports Bush's military misadventures, supports the transfer of billions of our tax dollars to billionaires, and supports the shipping of our jobs overseas with tax breaks that actually encourage this tragic loss. New Hampshire has financial problems because the tax dollars we pay--and we pay plenty--are being wasted in Washington instead of returned to our people, our schools, and our real security needs. Mr. Gregg, I am not running to give you a scare; I am running to win, because I think almost anyone could do a better job than you of representing our American values and our New Hampshire needs, and I am almost anyone. Mr. Gregg is a good and likeable fellow. As if he were a charming but troubled son-in-law, we do like the fellow but shake our heads at what he has done to the precious treasure we have entrusted to him.
Source: Senate candidacy announcement speech Jun 17, 2004

Green caucus within Democratic Party instead of Green Party

The Greens tell me they are building a party and they must look to the long view. Here is the long view: 10 to 20 years of party growth, during which the left vote will be split and the right will have the institutions of government all to themselves. Another 10 to 20 years of equality between the Greens & Dems, during which the right will have unchallenged power. Then 10 to 20 years when the Greens outpace the Dems, but the Dems are still a factor and the progressive vote is still split. So 30 to 60 years before they can see some victories. Will there be anything like justice & liberty & nature left to work with by that time?

Do the Greens have a better scenario to meet the real and present danger to the planet? I do: let the progressives take over the Democratic party, whose doors are unlocked & whose halls are unguarded. That can be done in 2 to 4 years. If the energies of the Green Party were transferred to a Green Caucus within the Democratic Party, real progress would be possible quickly.

Source: Speech at Heartwood Conference May 29, 2004

Vote by absentee ballot then volunteer in swing states

In the 2004 presidential election, we must not split our vote between Greens and Democrats. I know the Greens have party building to do, but, if Mr. Bush wins again, there will be no America for them to build their party in. So they must defer this time and earn our respect and admiration for doing so.

Here is what you and I must do. We must arrange to vote by absentee ballot in the general election, so that we can go to the swing states and work to get out the vote on election day. I will do that, will you?

If you live in a swing state, of course, you can do your work in your own neighborhood. But if you live in a state that is clearly on one side of the ledger or the other, you must get in your car or a bus or an airplane and go, at your own expense, to an area where you can do some good getting people to the polls. You can also do some good in advance of that to make sure that people are registered to vote.

Source: Speech at International Women's Day Peace March in DC Mar 8, 2003

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