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Monday, June 23, 2003


Declaration Celebration webcast

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, June 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Howard Dean wil deliver the Declaration at 1PM EDT - and it will be webcast via (click the link above for details).

If you plan on watching the Declaration at home, join the Virtual Declaration signup and be counted!

Speaking of the Declaration, Today's profile of Dean in the WaPo is not as friendly as today's Burlington Free Press piece, but it does have a (sharp) sense of humor:

The former Vermont governor will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination today in his home town of Burlington.

In addition, The Post has learned that Dean has in fact been running for president for more than a year. This finding is based on numerous statements from Dean, including "I'm running for president," "I want to be president," "I intend to be the nominee of this party" and "I'm going to beat George Bush." Dean has made these statements at gatherings that closely resemble campaign events, dozens of which occurred in Iowa and New Hampshire.

But despite appearances, Dean has not been running for president, says Courtney O'Donnell, a spokeswoman for the former governor. Rather, "he's been having a dialogue with the American people," says O'Donnell, one of about 70 staffers who have been hired to help Dean have his dialogue with the American people. She confirms that Dean plans to formally announce his candidacy today.

Those of you lucky enough to actually attend in person, please do share your experiences and impressions with the rest of us!


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