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The Making of a Democrat (09:14)


Professionals and citizens describe 28 year-old Cindy Montanez, a city council member and mayor of San Fernando, California. Montanez describes her campaigns that lead to victory and gave a voice to her community.

Promises, Promises (07:46)

Listen to an account of the differences between the 1993 New York City mayoral candidates David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani. Dinkins had a community-based philosophy of policing, while Giuliani campaigned on the war on crime.

Shaking Up the Senate (06:22)

In 2001, George W. Bush became the 43rd President of the U.S. During a 50/50 Senate split, Republican Senator of Vermont Jim Jeffords announced that he was leaving his party to become an Independent, resulting in a Democratic majority.

Final Thoughts (01:54)

Host Renee Poussaint describes Thomas Jefferson's and James Madison's disdain for political parties, despite creating their own. She notes that political parties are important links between citizens and government.

Credits: Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents—Democracy in America (00:59)

Credits: Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents—Democracy in America

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Political Parties: Mobilizing Agents—Democracy in America

Part of the Series : Democracy in America
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This program shows how political parties perform important functions that link the public to the institutions of American government. Parties create coalitions of citizens who share political goals, elect candidates to public office to achieve those goals, and organize the legislative and executive branches of government.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL113284

Copyright date: ©2003

Closed Captioned

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