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Friday, March 07, 2003


Why Dean's anti-war stance works in Iowa

posted by annatopia at Friday, March 07, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From The New Republic comes an article which does a good job of providing some background on the anti-war and pro-labor movements in Iowa. It does a goob job of looking at the election precedents that have been set in Iowa in the context of the war and labor movements. It compares and contrasts the current candidates with previous winners and losers in Iowa and gives examples of how Iowa can be a make-or-break state for the candidates.
Unfortunately the article misses the mark toward the end when it states that, should the Iraq war be successful, Dean and Kucinich will have a hard time explaining "why they opposed ridding the Middle East of a tyrant". What they neglect to mention is that Dean has repeatedly stated that Saddam is "as evil as they say he is" and he'd support war IF the United Nations deemed it neccessary. However, he also feels this is the wrong war at the wrong time, and that our foreign relations priorities should be focused on more pressing crises such as North Korea. It is a sensible and reasonable position.
By dismissing Dean as only an anti-war candidate, they also fail to acknowledge that Dean's campaign began with issues such as health care and the economy. I think TNR is missing the point: Dean is not the single-issue guy they like to portray him as. He has a well rounded platform that addresses the concerns of most Americans.


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