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National Presidential Caucus Coalition Grows

The National Presidential Caucus today announced today that it has garnered the endorsements of former U.S. Senators William Rudman (R-NH) and Bill Bradley (D-NJ), co-chairs of Americans for Campaign Finance Reform; GOP donor and esteemed venture capitalist Tim Draper of the firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com; David All, Principal of the David All Group and founder of TechRepublican.com; among others. The National Presidential Caucus also announces there is an open invitation to all organizations and individuals to participate in National Caucus Day on Friday, December 7, 2007.

The National Presidential Caucus was created by a consortium of partisan, bipartisan and non-partisan interests to help Americans prepare for the onrush of a de facto “National Primary” slated for February 5, 2008, when two presidential candidates may suddenly emerge as “finalists” based on the front-loading of state primaries. If there is going to be a National Primary, there ought to be a National Caucus first….

On National Presidential Caucus Day — Friday, December 7, 2007 — thousands of local, self-organized, Internet-enabled, face-to-face gatherings across the country will convene in caucus to discuss and deliberate candidates and the issues. Participants will voice their preferences at their choice of a local Republican Caucus, Democratic Caucus or at an Open Caucus.

Just prior to the Iowa Caucus and the official primary season, organizations and individuals are invited and encouraged to try to elevate their issues, ideas, and candidate preferences to the forefront of the national dialogue by starting or attending a local caucus on National Presidential Caucus Day.

Citizen-led and open, the goals of the National Presidential Caucus are to:

  • Help the country better prepare for the vital business of selecting its next president, not in haste, but through 1000’s of informed face-to-face discussions and thoughtful deliberations.
  • Foster deeper and more meaningful access to the country’s political system toward the goal of helping revitalize American democracy.
  • Create a new voice for those willing to participate in person.

National Presidential Caucus registration at www.nationalcaucus.com will open to the general public in early September.

National Presidential Caucus results will be compiled and reported at www.nationalcaucus.com after the event.

Recent endorsements:

Tim Draper, Founder, Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson:
“Internet driven transformation of the US political system and democracy itself is one of the most significant developments since the founding of the country, and yet we must resist over reliance on only electronic means of participation. The National Presidential Caucus will enable the kind of face to face discussion and deliberation that remains the bedrock of free speech and free assembly.”

Warren Rudman, former United States Senator, R-NH and Americans for Campaign Reform Co-Chair:
“Democracy works best when large numbers of citizens participate and make their views known. The National Presidential Caucus is a creative initiative to use technology to promote gatherings all across the nation to address the most important issues facing us in these critical times.”

Bill Bradley, former United States Senator, D-NJ and Americans for Campaign Reform Co-Chair:
“Harnessing the power of the internet to foster citizen participation through the National Presidential Caucus is an innovative way to encourage citizens to discuss the choices that face us, both in terms of issues and candidates. The National Presidential Caucus is a wonderful opportunity for grassroots activists to impact the national issues agenda.”

Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com:
“Who says only Iowans can choose the next President? On December 7, turn off your computer and head to the nearest National Presidential Caucus. Bring your ideas, your passions, and your friends!”

David All of the David All Group and founder of TechRepublican.com:
“We’ve long noted there’s a transformative effect by Internet enabled face-to-face meetings. In 2004, the Bush-Cheney campaign witnessed over 8,000 house “Parties for the President” distributed throughout the nation. The National Presidential Caucus provides a forum for all Americans to get involved in this distributed, participatory format to help revitalize our democracy and The David All Group and TechRepublican.com are happy to help ensure its success.”

The National Presidential Caucus welcomes the support of groups and individuals including Americans for Campaign Finance Reform, Politics Online, Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy, University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, Democracy for America, Unity ‘08, The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, Democrats.com, TechRepublican.com and others.

Myles Weissleder
National Presidential Caucus

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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