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Monday, June 23, 2003


Good AP story on the Declaration

posted by G at Monday, June 23, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The former Vermont governor, who has evolved from a pro-business centrist to a popular candidate of the left, urged voters to overcome their "profound fear and distrust" of the political system and stand against President Bush.

"You have the power to take back the Democratic Party! You have the power to take our country back!" he said. "You have the power! You have the power!"

The fiery rhetoric brought roars from the crowd of at least 2,500 crammed into a red-brick pedestrian mall, a church steeple towering behind Dean. The crowd was five times larger than announcement events staged by presidential rivals Dick Gephardt and Bob Graham.

Hundreds more supporters watched the speech at campaign sites across the country, a sign that Dean is building a formidable, Internet-driven organization.
"Something changed along the way as I listened to Americans around this country," he said. "Everywhere I go, people are asking fundamental questions: Who can we trust?"

He said companies are dodging taxes and paying poor wages -- all with the support of "a political process in Washington that they rent -- if not own."

He reissued a warning from James Madison and Thomas Jefferson who spoke of the fear "that economic power would one day try to seize political power."

Not on his watch, Dean said.


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