Helen: Okay, your schedule today is very busy. First, you’re meeting with a group of constituents concerned about the environment. Then, you’re speaking to a group of factory workers. At noon, you’ll be having lunch with a group of high-power donors.
Mikhail: When I signed on as a candidate, I had no idea I’d have to pander to every group out there to gain their support.[audio:http://libsyn.com/media/eslpod/ESLPod757.mp3|titles=ESL Podcast – Getting Political Support]
Helen: Don’t think of it as pandering. Think of it as rallying the troops. People in this state need a leader and you’re their great white hope.
Mikhail: I decided to run because I wanted to be a voice of reason in the partisan bickering. I didn’t sign on to be a poster boy for my political party.
Helen: You can make a difference when you get elected, but first things first: you need to get elected. Ready to go?
Mikhail: What happened to the good old days when all you had to do was a little gerrymandering to get elected?
Helen: I’m glad you brought that up. Your meeting with the committee on redistricting is this afternoon at 2:00.
Mikhail: I’m sorry I asked!
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