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  Fred Tuttle: One candidate hoping to lose this November
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Last EditedCraverguy  Feb 14, 2009 06:59am
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News DateThursday, October 22, 1998 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSomewhere north of the Potomac River, well beyond shouting distance of the latest political blood-letting in Washington, D.C., is a place known for its misty mountains' majesty, where watching the leaves turn is a national rite of fall. But among Vermont's white picket fences, country stores and Holstein cows is a gentle man named Fred Tuttle, who this fall happens to be running for the U.S. Senate.

In a mean political season, the 79-year-old former dairy farmer is uncommonly sweet. In fact, he's running against a man he can't seem to find a bad word to say about, Vermont's incumbent senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy.

And Tuttle's campaign stops are anything but typical. At an elementary school in Granville, Tuttle -- dressed in overalls, sneakers and a blue baseball cap that simply reads "FRED" -- sits next to Leahy as if they were running on the same ticket.

When a child asks Tuttle if he would like to be a senator, Tuttle doesn't quite hear the question so Leahy helps him out.

"Would you like to be a senator?" Leahy repeats to Tuttle.

"Yeah, I would, but later on, later on, when I get older," Tuttle tells the amused class.

This is politics, for once, practiced without much of a purse, no porno and as for power, well, Tuttle is not too interested in the influence of a seat on Capitol Hill.
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