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Tuesday, August 26, 2003


Just When You Thought You'd Seen It All...

posted by Christopher at Tuesday, August 26, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean's campaign is shaking up the field AGAIN. Just announced on CNN is the Dean campaign's plan to launch a new ad in six early voting states: South Carolina, Washington, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Arizona! An excerpt:

"... Dean's aggressive move this week will force the rest of the nine-candidate field to reconsider their strategy as they try to determine how to keep pace with Dean's fund-raising and organizational strengths.

Trippi announced the ad buy at the end of Dean's four-day "Sleepless Summer" tour that drew thousands of supporters, a measure of the candidate's grass-roots support.

The ads will be similar to the ones airing in Austin, Texas, in which Dean promises to "take the country back" and urges voters to log onto his Web site. Dean has been leaps and bounds ahead of his rivals in using the Internet to boost his candidacy. "

Props to everyone who helped out with the success of the Sleepless Summer Tour, that energy and drive is what's helping to push the campaign forward, and allows small donors to have a say in the primary (and later, the general) election process.


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