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Thursday, July 17, 2003


phase II: Austin

posted by Aziz P. at Thursday, July 17, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
In Austin:

Speaking in smooth Spanish and fiery English, Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean said he is the person to lead the nation to a better economy, improved education, universal health care and real immigration reform.
The former Vermont governor spoke at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza, a national advocacy organization devoted to Hispanic rights.

In no-nonsense language, Dean told the crowd he intends to balance the budget and develop jobs, which will attract investment in the nation.

"No Republican president has balanced the budget in this country in 34 years," he said. "If you want to trust your hard-earned dollars, you'd better elect a Democrat because the Republicans cannot handle money."
Dean also took on what he called racial profiling of immigrants in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He said if elected, he would seek to provide a fast-track citizenship process for immigrants if they have lived in the United States for a certain period of time, paid taxes and have no criminal record.

U.S. military service also should count, he said.

"You shouldn't have to come home in a box to get citizenship," he said.

Can anyone from the Texas Media Team provide links to Dean's San Antonio speech? It would make great DVD material for distribution.


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