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Monday, August 18, 2003


U.S. Rep. Raul M. Grijalva Endorses Howard Dean

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From the campaign...
August 18, 2003

U.S. Rep. Raul M. Grijalva Endorses Howard Dean for America
Grijalva: Dean provides 'a sense of values that will benefit all Americans'

TUCSON, AZ--U.S. Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) announced today that he will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D. Speaking at a ceremony here in Presidio Park, Grijalva hailed Dean as the one candidate who can beat President Bush in 2004.

"I am pleased to announce my support for Governor Dean," said Rep. Grijalva. "I believe that Governor Dean is the only one that can unseat President Bush and take this country into a new era. He cares for the people and is genuine in his beliefs. His leadership will provide Arizona and the rest of our Nation with a sense of values that will benefit all Americans."

In announcing his endorsement, Grijalva specifically cited Dean's stance as an advocate for health care and immigration reform, his support for education and civil rights, as well as his desire to reincorporate American values into its foreign policy.

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