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Monday, October 06, 2003


Gen Dean rally in the Charleston, SC

posted by annatopia at Monday, October 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Click the link above for a great report on the Gen Dean rally in Charleston by Dean National Jen in SC:
When Dean mentioned the importance of the South Carolina primary, I shouted "Feb. 3" and he repeated it.
Among the topics he touched on were the deceptiveness of the Bush administration about the war and other things; the need to get the economy going; his desire to be sure every American has healthcare; the South's loss of textile jobs over the last 30 years, and the myth that the American middle class got a tax cut.
He also pointed out that SC has been voting more or less for Republicans for the last 20-30 years (true) and asked, "What do you have to show for it?" It's a valid question. SC is a poor state with big problems, from domestic violence to children in poverty to low-wage workers without healthcare to environmental erosion.
In my opinion (and Dean's), South Carolina would be better off if we'd wake up and realize that we'd be better served with Democrats in office.

Sounds like a great time, Jen. And it's nice to finally put a face with your name. =) Way to go, South Carolina!


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