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Thursday, February 27, 2003


Dean says he wants to link human rights and trade policy

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, February 27, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

This is another example of a principled stand by Dean on an issue. Excerpt follows:

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said Tuesday he would work to "link human rights and trade policy" as he cultivated support from labor leaders to his outsider campaign for president.
"The WTO is going to have to care about more than just economic transactions. They're going to have to care about human rights," Dean said during an impromptu gathering with reporters.

Dean was among the last of the presidential candidates to make their way to the labor group's winter meetings. Union leaders heard from Sens. John Edwards of North Carolina, Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and former Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois on Monday.

As the story noted, Dean was at the AFL-CIO meeting this Tuesday, but we haven't yet gotten any transcripts or reports. Send us email if you spot one so we can put it up for all to peruse...


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