Independents' Day

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photoAmerica goes to the polls tomorrow and the national outcome is too close to call. One thing that is certain is that independent voters, who avoid the label Republican or Democrat, or anything else, will be a powerful swing vote across the country. Nearly a third of Americans identify themselves as independents; with that rate rising to forty percent among under-30 voters. In this hour, clout and consequences of the independent vote in tomorrow's elections and future of American politics.


Pam Belluck, New England bureau chief for The New York Times

Thomas Edsall, political correspondent for The Washington Post

Lisa Disch, professor of political science at the Univeristy of Minnesota and author of "The Tyranny of the Two Party System;" Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly magazine

This program aired on November 4, 2002.


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