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Presidential Pledge Round-up

Posted by patricks54 on October 17, 2007

What a week it’s been for ServeNext! Thanks to some great work by our awesome NH chapters and NH Field Director Matt Wilhelm, 9 candidates for president have now signed the ServeNext Presidential Pledge to Expand National Service.

Here’s Obama’s pledge (Click to enlarge.)

Barack Obama’s Pledge

Here’s a round-up of where we are so far:

Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR): “Huck” signed the pledge on October 11th, becoming the first Republican candidate to do so. According to the Governor,

The greatest thing any American can do is invest something back in his or her country. When we do that, we understand what made America great.”

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC): Senator Edwards signed the pledge on October 14th, just a day after committing to do so in an interview on C-SPAN.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): Obama (and his wife Michelle) signed the pledge on September 3rd. Michelle Obama was the founding Executive Director of AmeriCorps’ Public Allies program in Chicago.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY): Hillary and Bill became the second couple to both sign the pledge when the Senator from New York inked on October 11th. Former President Bill Clinton had signed weeks earlier.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT): Dodd signed the pledge on June 18th, just before delivering a memorable speech on national service at Nashua City Hall.

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE): Delaware’s finest signed the pledge on October 6th and reaffirmed his commitment to national service a town meeting in Henniker, NH.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM): Bill was one of the first to sign the pledge, and has since become a vocal supporter of service. Here’s his newest initiative, offering two years of college tuition for one year of service.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH): The very first signer, on May 19, Kucinich has long been a champion of national service.

Sen. Mike Gravel (D-AK): The latest to sign, ServeNext received his pledge on October 15.

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