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U.S. Voters Love an Outsider

This year, two so-called "outsider" candidates have proved to appeal to voters -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and Howard Dean. As part of the Public Radio Collaboration Whose Democracy Is It?, NPR's Mara Liasson reports on the fascination the public has for those candidates who run for office as "outsiders" -- either apart from the two-party system, or as one who opposes the Washington "insiders."

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Mara Liasson is a national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends beyond the Beltway.