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Tuesday, April 08, 2003


play nice

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, April 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
A short piece from CBS news mentions that Terry McAuliffe has explicitly asked all teh Dem Candidates to "play nice" - while it's obvious that Kerry is the main offender, the article focuses more on Dean. This is problematic - probably because Dean is so outspoken, that there is a conventional wisdom building that he is the most prone to go on the offensive. It bears watching.

Dean himself is quoted and defends himself ably:

"I don't think I have said anything personal," said Dean. "I think the only personal remarks were made by some campaign aides for Senator Kerry. I don't think there is anything personal about disagreeing with someone's positions or lack of positions."


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