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Saturday, June 14, 2003


Coverage of Dean at Wisconsin Democratic Convention

posted by Adam F. at Saturday, June 14, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean all appeared at the convention, getting a jump on Wisconsin’s new, earlier primary date that promises to make the state a major player in deciding who will get the Democratic nomination.

Kucinich, Dean and Kerry all touched on the war, labor rights, Bush’s tax cut package and the need for universal health insurance.

“I want my country back, Mr. President, and I want that country now!” a red-faced Dean shouted to delegates...."

"...Dean said Republicans clearly can’t be trusted with money because they’ve run the country into a deficit trillions of dollars deep.

He said Bush’s tax cut plan should be shelved and the money spent instead on universal health insurance, schools and infrastructure.

Democrats must clearly define themselves and stand up to the administration to combat questions of whether the party has become indistinguishable from the GOP. “If you make me the nominee of this party, I will make you proud to be Democrats,” he said...."

and from Blog for America...

From the Road: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Another state. Another rally. Another great crowd! This afternoon it was the Wisconsin Democratic state convention. Even before he addressed the convention delegates, Gov. Dean had the delegates on their feet. We held a rally outside of the convention center and 400 people showed up. The weather was perfect and so was the Gov's speech. It's great to watch the Gov. and the crowd feed off of each other. By the end of the speech, the crowd was roaring and the Gov. was waving a giant American flag. All this and he hadn't even given his speech at the convention yet!

I was a little worried (although now I wonder why!) that maybe the Gov. gave his best speech at the rally and wouldn't have anything left for the convention, afterall we had gotten up at 5:00am. But, was I ever wrong! He went into the convention hall with the 800 plus delegates and gave a speech that was even better than the one he gave earlier in the day. After his speech we were walking around the hotel and a woman came up to the Gov. and told him that his speech was electric and that "all the energy left the room when he did." I can tell you, that she was not the only person to feel this way.

The Gov. spent a great deal of time signing autographs and taking pictures with supporters. (I have to admit that while he was doing this, I was eating barbeque that I got from Sen. Feingold's hospitality suite).

Thanks Wisconsin. Your primary is on Feb. 17 so we'll be back!!

(Are people interested in seeing photos of what we do on the road? If you are let me know and we'll post them on the blog)

Posted by Kate O'Connor at 01:41 AM

(Kate, the answer to that question is yes. If you think you can go to Wisconsin without having the obligatory snapshot of you in a cheesehead hat being passed to the four corners of the globe via broadband, you're mistaken.)

UPDATE (Aziz): Check out other first hand accounts of the Wisconsin rally over at DU.

ANOTHER UPDATE (Adam again) First the Dean part that obviously was second in this article then... well... you'll see why we have to close with it...

From the Capital Times...

Contrast that scene with the arrival of Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who is one of Kerry's rivals for the presidential nomination. Dean waded into a sea of several hundred supporters as a stereo blared the Elvis remix of "A Little Less Conversation." Stepping up to the podium, Dean gave a rousing speech touching on the price of U.S. imperialism and Republican tax cuts.

"You have the power to take this country back!" he shouted several times, before grabbing the American flag behind him, pole and all, and holding it behind his head.

"This flag belongs to everyone," Dean said."

NOW... from the category entitled "You've got to be (expletive deleted) kidding me..."

"It wasn't George W. Bush's "top gun" landing on an aircraft carrier, but U.S. Sen. John Kerry's Harley ride along Lake Michigan had the Democratic presidential candidate looking like "the Terminator."

After giving a speech before a few dozen veterans, Kerry, of Massachusetts, stepped onto a borrowed black and chrome Harley.

"It's cool out here. I'm going to put a jacket on," Kerry said, finding a good excuse on the generally warm day to zip up his leather bomber jacket. He donned shades, and chatted with a campaign advance man who shouted "Go!" His caravan was preceded by a top-down convertible with a camera crew...."

You can't write this stuff, folks. You just can't do it.

Now here's a belated birthday present for Joe Trippi - special delivery from Boston! For the campaign director who thought he had everything, a spread of Dukakis riding a Harley, or was that Kerry riding in a tank, or was that... oh... never mind... Joe will know what to do with it.


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