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Friday, June 20, 2003


Vermonters for Dean

posted by G at Friday, June 20, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From the Rutland Herald:
A group of past and present Democratic leaders gathered at Dean’s campaign headquarters to unveil Vermonters for Dean, a group that will work on the candidate’s behalf as he tries to win the Democratic nomination for president.

“This is really the hometown crew. We are the people who know him best, who have worked with him over the years and we are very proud that he is running for president,” said former Gov. Madeleine Kunin, who stood alongside former Gov. Thomas Salmon and several Democratic lawmakers who publicly endorsed Dean.
While Dean was addressing a group of San Francisco lawyers Thursday afternoon, his Democratic friends in Vermont were doing their best to debunk the “ultra-liberal” tag Dean has been assigned in the field of Democratic contenders.

“That’s one of the great white lies, in a sense, about this campaign,” Salmon said. “If you follow his track record in Vermont, I would defy anyone in their right mind to categorize Howard Dean, net, as anything much more than a moderate — a fiscal conservative, a person with a wonderful liberal record on selective issues, but not on all issues.”

At what was billed as its first public event in a series, the group unveiled a list of public endorsements from Vermont’s leaders including former governors, current statewide officers and lawmakers. All 19 Democratic senators endorsed Dean and 65 of the 69 Democratic House members publicly supported him.


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