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Tuesday, December 09, 2003


Gore, Dean Planned Endorsement in Secret

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, December 09, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The backstory to the endorsement is astonishing - even Joe Trippi didn't know in advance!

Gore apparently wanted to give Dean's rivals a call late Monday night, officials said, but those plans were scuttled when the endorsement leaked.

Dean kept his side of the bargain, refusing to tell even his campaign manager. Joe Trippi said he got wind that something was up Sunday when Dean ordered his staff to charter planes for Iowa. When he asked Dean what was going on, the boss said, "I can't tell you."

Dean told reporters that he didn't even tell his wife, Judith Steinberg Dean, until "the last minute."

There's quite a bit of info about the numerous meetings that Dean and Gore had over the past few months - this was a well-planned and deliberate synchronization of ideas. And Hillary had nothing to do with it.


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