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Sunday, June 01, 2003


Howard Dean talks to 330,000-strong California teachers union

posted by Editor at Sunday, June 01, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Gov. Dean spoke to California public school teachers on Sunday. From the AP story on the event:

"I can personally say that I am the only person running for the presidency of the United States that knows what it's like to stand up without being able to go to the bathroom for five hours," Dean said to hearty applause.

Dean, 54, longtime Vermont governor and medical doctor who signed the country's only state law legalizing same-sex partnerships, said he taught eighth-grade social studies for three months while contemplating a post-politics career change.

But that was before Dean reinvented himself as a presidential candidate.

"I disagree strongly with President Bush on virtually every policy," Dean told some 800 delegates of the 330,000-member California Teachers Association, which will endorse a candidate.


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Nation-Building was founded by Aziz Poonawalla in August 2002 under the name Dean Nation. Dean Nation was the very first weblog devoted to a presidential candidate, Howard Dean, and became the vanguard of the Dean netroot phenomenon, raising over $40,000 for the Dean campaign, pioneering the use of Meetup, and enjoying the attention of the campaign itself, with Joe Trippi a regular reader (and sometime commentor). Howard Dean himself even left a comment once. Dean Nation was a group weblog effort and counts among its alumni many of the progressive blogsphere's leading talent including Jerome Armstrong, Matthew Yglesias, and Ezra Klein. After the election in 2004, the blog refocused onto the theme of "purple politics", formally changing its name to Nation-Building in June 2006. The primary focus of the blog is on articulating purple-state policy at home and pragmatic liberal interventionism abroad.