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take to the stump

To campaign, with an emphasis on delivering political speeches. The stump of a tree used to serve as the platform for these speeches. Primarily heard in US. If you want to be voted onto city council, you need to take to the stump and talk to the people.
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SHADOW Home Secretary Yvette Cooper yesterday pushed the "bedroom tax" to the forefront of a by-election battle as she took to the stump on Tyneside.
LABOUR leader Ed Miliband took to the stump in Cardiff yesterday with a fierce attack on the Westminster coalition's economic policies - and claimed he had "defined the battleground" of the next election.
Though a lifelong Democrat, Shriver campaigned for her Republican husband when he sought to recall and replace then-Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, in 2003 and She took to the stump to help Schwarzenegger win re-election in 2006.
But Barack Obama has racked up some of the most notable names, some of whom took to the stump with him in California.
John McCain got some company on the trail this weekend when senators Joseph Lieberman and Mel Martinez took to the stump to support him, something McCain undoubtedly hopes will push him ahead in the important, and essentially tied, Florida Contest.
Chancellor Gordon Brown took to the stumps with Labour candidate Catherine Stihler.