VERMONT 3 Electoral Votes
Bush-Cheney Gore-Lieberman
Campaign Campaign
Bush-Cheney State Contact: Darcie Johnston 

Victory 2000 Exec. Dir.

Vermont Republican State Committee
Chairman: Pat Garahan
Exec. Dir.: Peter Abbarno
Office: 100 State Street, Suite 2, Montpelier

Gore-Lieberman State Director: Shannon Watson
...started Oct. 9.  Worked for Sen. John Glenn for about ten years until his retirement, and most recently was a senior congressional liaison officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
Office: College Street, Burlington (downtown)

Coordinated Campaign Director: Mark Michaud 

Vermont Democratic Party
Chairman: Cindy Metcalf
Exec. Dir.: Mark Michaud
Office: 73 Main Street, Suite 32, Montpelier (closed during fall)

Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7)
GWB: 0 visits
DC: 1 visit
Candidate Travel (Aug. 1-Nov. 7)
AG: 0
JL: 0
Sept. 7-8
Sept. 7 -- DC and LC airport welcome with remarks at Burlington International Airport, Burlington
Sept. 8-- DC and LC participate in Vermont Victory 2000 breakfast at Radisson Hotel Burlington, Burlington.
A Sampling of More Campaign Activity A Sampling of More Campaign Activity
Nov. 4 -- Former Gov. Madeline Kunin leads march down Church Street and women's rally at City Hall.
Oct. 29 -- DNC's Ed Rendell joins leading Vermont Democrats on a bus tour ("Vermont's Future Express") that goes from St. Albans to Bennington doing about half a dozen events on route.

Date Uncertain -- Max Kennedy, son of RFK and co-director of the Watershed Institute, speaks at University of Vermont. 

Television Television
Some Newspaper Endorsements Some Newspaper Endorsements
Rutland Herald --11/01/00
Newspapers that did not Endorse in the Presidential Race
Burlington Free Press
"We felt that neither of the candidates merited our endorsement." --Stephen Kiernan, editorial page editor (post-election interview)

Miscellaneous Notes Miscellaneous Notes
Although Nader had significant support in Vermont, it was not nearly enough to tip the balance to Bush as it did in neigboring New Hampshire.

Gore's state director Watson went to the convention in Los Angeles, and wanted to do more.  She felt strongly about upholding the Clinton-Gore legacy and fighting the "new conservatism."  Even though she'd never been to Vermont, she ended up running the campaign there for the last month.  At the time she started Gore was 12-15 points ahead in polls.  The first few days she drove around the state to make sure that the campaign had a presence; fortuitously it happened to be the time of peak foliage. 

Nader. Ralph Nader spoke at the School for International Training in Brattleboro on Oct. 2 as part of a Northeast swing leading up to the first presidential debate in Boston.  The Rutland Herald reported "an enthusiastic crowd of about 600 people."  Vermont Progressive Party gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina was one of the people who introduced Nader.  The Progressive Party and Greens espouse similar views and Nader likely benefited to some extent from the Progressive Party's organization.  (Pollina obtained 9.5% of the vote in the gubernatorial race).  The Progressive Party, which has its origins in Bernie Sanders' run for mayor, filed as a party in 1998 and organized in 1999; Greens have not organized a party in Vermont.
Matteo Burani served as campaign coordinator for Nader.

Buchanan. Pat Buchanan visited Vermont on Oct. 12.  He spoke out against the state's civil unions law at Richard Lambert's farm in Washington (Lambert launched the "Take Back Vermont!" movement).  The Buchanan campaign also ran a radio ad in the state.

Browne. No visits.

Vermont Progressive Party
Chairman: Bob Miller of Burlington

Vermont Libertarian Party
Chairman: Scott Berkey

Constitution Party of Vermont
[formed in December of 1999]
Chairman: John Bassette

Natural Law Party of Vermont
Contact: Dona Bate

Copyright 2000, 2001  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.