Bush’s Strategist Joins Bono’s Org

Matthew Dowd, President Bush’s chief strategist for his 2004 re-election bid, has signed on to advise Bono’s anti-poverty org One Vote ’08.

Dowd has drawn much attention in recent months by announcing that he had left the Republican party and become an independent. Among other things, he has written that Bush’s war policies are misguided. He recently wrote on HuffingtonPost, “The public is waiting for leaders from both political parties to stand up to the president and say enough is enough. They would like this situation resolved — and soon — and there is no other solution acceptable to them other than bringing the troops home. The public will support leaders who would use funding decisions as a way to encourage and push the president to resolve this situation quickly.”

One Vote is Bono’s effort to get presidential candidates to promise to fight hunger and disease. Dowd had most recently been working on a California initiative to modify California’s legislative term limits.

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