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Friday, June 13, 2003


Dean Buys First Ad in Iowa

posted by Zephyr Teachout at Friday, June 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
So the news is out on the Associated Press and the zonk board, and my email inbox is full of excited supporters talking about it. It's true. The Dean campaign has, in fact, bought an ad in Iowa that will start airing next week. From the Associated Press story:

Breaking the political ice, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean will air the first ad of the 2004 presidential campaign next week, party officials said Friday. The 30-second ad, scheduled to run in most Iowa markets beginning Tuesday and ending July 2, will cost the campaign more than $300,000, according to Democratic officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The ad features the former Vermont governor looking into the camera while he delivers an abridged version of his stump speech, including criticism of President Bush's foreign policies, a brief description of his health care plan and his assessment that the Democratic Party has abandoned its traditional values, the officials said.


The goal is to introduce Dean and his message to Iowans before better-funded candidates get a chance to define themselves or borrow from his campaign themes, said the officials who have seen the ad and were familiar with Dean's strategy.

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