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Friday, March 28, 2003


Dean Stakes Out Position - And Criticizes Rivals

posted by Christopher at Friday, March 28, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
AP has a story out today on Dean's willingness to not only promote his position(s) - on the war, and on other issues, but also to criticize his rivals within the party if their positions are not clear. In particular, he seems to have Sen. John Kerry in his sights as Kerry continues to equivocate on his position with respect to his vote for the war, but his "disagreements" with Bush on how to execute it.

What do others think: Is Dean on the right track by criticizing his rivals early on? Or, should he be more deferential this early in the primary process?


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