Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Dean says he'll lead Democrates to center http://www.dailyiowan.com/news/280294.html
Vermont Gov. Howard Dean fields questions at the IMU on Monday evening about his plans to run for president in 2004. The event was sponsored by the University Democrats. Joanne White/The Daily Iowan
Dean, who has announced that he will not seek re-election as governor, has been compared with Carter, a small-state outsider up against a field of big-name Democrats.
"I love Iowa," he said. "I often tell people that if you steamroll Vermont, you have Iowa."
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