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Thursday, November 06, 2003


SEIU announcement live online NOW

posted by annatopia at Thursday, November 06, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Click the link and watch the news conference now.

post-conference update: SEIU will announce their endorsement next Wednesday. The SEIU President spoke, and Dean was there onstage with his SEIU jacket. He also said that all their unions have been polled and that Dean was the overwhelming winner. They are ready to announce today, but waiting on AFSCME. He said the SEIU members think Dean is the best candidate and they are ready to back him. They decided to wait because it's going to take a huge army of people to beat Bush, and they want to try and get the AFSCME onboard (that's my paraphrasing, sorry). Dean took a few questions. First one was about the flag, and he let an African-American named Tyrone who heads the SEIU union in LA answer the question. Tyrone said that he is satisfied with Dean's answer and he asked the press to please not distort the message, which was reaching out to all Americans. Tyrone says he is pleased, satisfied, and enthusiastic about backing Dean. SEIU Pres answered some more questions and basically praised Dean the entire time. They will announce next week even though they are ready to go right now.


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