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Monday, February 03, 2003


H.D. on T.V. in S.C.

posted by Chuckie at Monday, February 03, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
C-SPAN's Road to the White House follows Gov. Dean to South Carolina, where he speaks to the Alliance for Full Acceptance (a gay-rights group) in Charleston and visits Parris Island. The Alliance meeting is his standard stump speech, but without the rowdy applause we've come to expect. The Parris Island segment, which begins at 21:27, features Dean in a camo jacket talking to the soldiers. He doesn't seem to click well, which reminds us why short Democratic candidates from New England should stay away from military hardware.

In the mess hall, Dean has what one might call a gaffe when he goes up to an African-American recruit and says, "you're not from Vermont, are you?"

One interesting part of the Parris Island segment was when Dean told a soldier that his brother was POW-MIA in Laos, although he wasn't in the service - Dean doesn't know why he was POW-MIA (was he some sort of spy? He doesn't know).

All in all, the segments (especially the Parris Island part) are quixoitic, if anything.


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