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Monday, November 25, 2002


Dr. Who? For President : Vermont's Physician Turned Governor Goes for a Long Shot

posted by Jerome at Monday, November 25, 2002 permalink View blog reactions
From Howard Kurtz (who likens Rush Limbaugh as a mainstream voice) of the WA Post, probably the best treatment that this guy will give Dean in the campaign, and that's not saying much. Most of it is repeat punditry, here's something interesting about Dean in GA:

In the car after the event, Dean explains his strategy for overtaking Al Gore, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt and the rest of the probable contenders by working his tail off in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Money is more important than media at this early stage, he says....

To the extent that Dean has attracted favorable press notices, it's for bluntly calling for universal health insurance and rolling back the Bush tax cut while others in the party are hemming and hawing. When the band takes a break, he gives a 30-second speech to the crowd -- "We are never going to beat the Republicans if we try to be the Republicans" -- and brightens considerably when a local lobbyist stops by to congratulate him on a new Los Angeles Times poll.

The paper surveyed Democratic National Committee members about the '04 campaign, and while just 6 percent were supporting Dean for president, some 11 percent -- "low double digits," he calls it -- pronounced him their second choice.


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