|We speak with former White House advisor Van Jones about what role the Occupy movement can and should play in re-electing President Obama. He says one reason he launched his Rebuild the Dream campaign last summer was to recognize economic issues not being effectively addressed by progressives. 'We were very good on issues around environment, race, gender, immigration, sexuality ... But there is a hole in the donut on the economy, and the Tea Party was just driving through that hole in the donut every day.' Responding to concerns that he and others may 'co-opt' the Occupy agenda, he says the movement speaks for itself, and argues his campaign can allow 'the entire 99 percent' to join the conversation that Occupy began. 'What we've got to be able to do is continue to fight for the values that we believe in long enough for the demographic change to make those ideas a permanent governing...
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