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Tuesday, September 16, 2003


Dean's "Southern Strategy"

posted by Christopher at Tuesday, September 16, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes this terrific story about Dean's southern swing through Georgia and Alabama.

"Several times at Monday's rally, Dean alluded to the political reality that his anti-war and pro-gay rights positions make conservative Georgia a tough state to win. "I can hear [Bush campaign strategist] Karl Rove cackling right now: 'There's that liberal Yankee going to Georgia, telling people he's not in favor of the war and he's soft on defense,' " Dean said.

But Dean volunteer Clay Johnson said Georgia has one of the largest Internet Dean support groups in the country, and many who came Monday were early supporters who wanted to confirm their decision.

"I really wanted to see him with my own eyes," said Carol Goodman, a librarian at West Georgia State University, who said she had been "desperately" waiting for a Democrat to stand up to President Bush.

Two first-term Democrats in the Georgia House of Representatives, John Noel and Curt Thompson, were at the rally as Dean supporters, and they said more Dean support among Democratic elected officials will emerge soon.""

I think this is the best move Dean has made - barnstorming the South with the same energy and enthusiasm exhibited on the Sleepless Summer Tour. This makes Dean "America's Candidate" - and proves he's not willing to cede the South to the GOP. Terrific news to have Reps. Noel and Thompson on hand at this event - and more to come. Great work, Atlanta!


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