front-porch campaign

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Noun1.front-porch campaign - a campaign in which the candidate makes speeches but does not travel; "William McKinley's dignified front-porch campaign won him the presidency in 1896"; "her approach was the opposite of a passive front-porch campaign"
campaigning, candidacy, candidature, electioneering, political campaign - the campaign of a candidate to be elected
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Harding, had the Debs issue "thrust upon him" whenever he left the safety of his front-porch campaign.
The Republicans waged a front-porch campaign for William McKinley, spending about $7,000,000, mostly on mailings that reached 5,000,000 families a week.
McKinley conducted a front-porch campaign, never stirring from his home.