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. Harding was reluctant to promise freedom for political prisoners, whom he considered dangerous, although he had stated that "too much has been said about Bolshevism in America." He ordered a review when he took office, and his attorney general, Harry Daugherty, summoned Debs to Washington to discuss the matter.
Lasker's response to this dilemma was to build on a "front-porch campaign' in which Harding's primary role would be to sit on his front porch and "welcome the devout traveling to see [him] for themselves" (p.
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.