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Tuesday, November 04, 2003


Dean Takes Boston by Storm

posted by Amanda at Tuesday, November 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
As we Dean fans in Boston await the Governor's arrival for tonight's Rock the Vote Debate at Fanuiel Hall -- with a rally beforehand at 6pm and a debate watching party next door at The Rack (tickets for seats inside the hall are impossible to get), the Boston media has been focusing on our guy bigtime.

"On Point," an excellent nightly, live public affairs discussion show on Boston's news-oriented public radio station, WBUR (based at Boston University), and hosted by the journalist Tom Ashbrook, has begun a series of profiles about the Democratic Presidential candidates. Appropriately, OP kicked the series off last night with a lengthy profile of Howard Dean (RealPlayer), who was interviewed on the show, along with longtime Dean aide Kathy Hoyt and reporter Sarah Schweitzer, who covers the Dean campaign for the Boston Globe.

Check out the link to the story for past "On Point" segments about Dean, as well (scroll down).

An editorial in yesterday's Boston Globe ties in nicely with the youth-oriented theme of the Rock the Vote debate, calling Dean "the only Democratic candidate who has energized young adults" who have in turn "spearheaded a grassroots campaign that has taken the political world by storm."


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