Door-to-door campaigning can be one of the most enjoyable aspects of campaigning, especially when you aren’t the candidate.
A friend and I went campaigning in an important election in autumn of 2004. It may not be as fashionable as campaigning for Barack Obama, but we flew out to campaign for John Kerry and John Edwards in the 2004 Presidential election in the United States.
We called the Democratic National Committee in Washington to tell them that we would be in town and asked where we could most usefully deploy ourselves.
The local members seemed a little uncertain quite what to do with a pair of Brits but we were promptly sent canvassing around a very nice suburb, which was described as Republican-leaning in the important swing state.
We began knocking on doors and were having moderate success when a man answered his door. I should add I was dressed well, as American politicians do. He looked at me as I asked who he thought he would support.
His jaw gradually dropped as I clearly came across as being un-American, he retreated slightly and turned to call his wife.
‘Honey, the British are coming!’ Thankfully they were Democrats.