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  • America Votes

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    Friday, February 27, 2004

    Mark Twain for president? 

    Not crazy about the candidates running for president? Throw your support to Mark Twain. That's right - the tongue-in-cheek www.twain2004.com Web site promotes the 19th-century writer for the job of commander in chief. In case there's any doubt, a disclaimer on the site says, "Mark Twain 2004 is a work of fiction."

    But the site makes a compelling case for Twain's candidacy, complete with all the trappings of the real candidates' Web sites: poll results, news releases and a link to make donations. (For the record, donations aren't accepted by Mark Twain 2004, but can be made to the University of California at Berkeley's Mark Twain Project.)

    Some of Twain's most popular witticisms pepper the site. On the economy: "The lack of money is the root of all evil." On foreign policy: "It is easier to stay out than to get out." And on his "run" for president: "I'll make whatever promises the people want. Better a broken promise than none at all."

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 9:10 AM



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