1. campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stump \Stump\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stumped; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To cut off a part of; to reduce to a stump; to lop.
Around the stumped top soft moss did grow. --Dr. H.
2. To strike, as the toes, against a stone or something
fixed; to stub. [Colloq.]
3. To challenge; also, to nonplus. [Colloq.]
4. To travel over, delivering speeches for electioneering
purposes; as, to stump a State, or a district. See To go
on the stump, under Stump, n. [Colloq. U.S.]
(a) To put (a batsman) out of play by knocking off the
bail, or knocking down the stumps of the wicket he is
defending while he is off his allotted ground; --
sometimes with out. --T. Hughes.
(b) To bowl down the stumps of, as, of a wicket.
A herd of boys with clamor bowled,
And stumped the wicket. --Tennyson.
To stump it.
(a) To go afoot; hence, to run away; to escape. [Slang]
(b) To make electioneering speeches. [Colloq. U.S.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: campaigning for something by making political speeches