Interview: Zephyr Teachout & David Sirota on Obama-mania

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The political phenomenon some have dubbed Obama-mania has been building momentum ever since the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

That’s where Illinois Senator Barak Obama gave a rousing keynote speech, and was labeled a rising star in the party. His star power shined briefly in Vermont this fall, when he appeared in Burlington to campaign for Bernie Sanders, speaking about what voters want and don’t want from their elected leaders.

In two years, Barak Obama may be campaigning for himself. There is widespread speculation, and hope among some, in Democratic circles that the 45-year-old Obama will run for President.

Zephyr Teachout, is an attorney and activist who worked for former Governor Howard Dean when he ran for President in 2004. Teachout is holding meetings in Vermont to gauge whether there’s enough backing to support a Vermont-for-Obama Presidential group.

David Sirota has a very different take on Obama. Sirota writes a Progressive blog on politics and is a former press Secretary for Senator-elect Bernie Sanders.

Both people spoke with Mitch Wertlieb about Obama-mania.

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