Playing the Numbers

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There’s a lot of say about issues like health care on the campaign trail right now, but you won’t hear much about it in the news. What you will hear is the horserace, who’s up, who’s down, and who’s been put out to pasture. Polls, stats and strategy dominate this year’s election coverage like never before, and it’s not just reporters talking about these things, it’s voters.

Electability has become a buzzword for Democrats who are in search of a candidate who, if nothing else, just beat Bush. Many are telling pollsters that this year, choosing a candidate who can win is more important than finding a candidate who they agree with on the issues. This hour, an insiders’ look at the art and science of the political numbers game, how it works and why we listen.


Ed Reilly, pollster for former Democratic Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt

Ed Goeas, Republican pollster.