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Monday, December 08, 2003


Gore to Endorse Dean: 2000 nominee passes over running mate Lieberman

posted by Editor at Monday, December 08, 2003 permalink View blog reactions

Heath touched on this below. I wanted to share another article. Amazing. Wonderful. Fantastic.
Update: as this develops, I'll be posting more links with short story clips. I've removed portions from when whole stories were pasted.

MSNBC Reports:
MANCHESTER, N.H., Dec. 8 — Former Vice President Al Gore intends to endorse Howard Dean for the Democratic presidential nomination, a dramatic move that could cement Dean’s position in the fight for the party’s nod.


By choosing Dean, Gore would be bypassing Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, his running mate in the 2000 election.

The Washington Post Reports:
His endorsement, which caught Dean's rivals by surprise, comes after an intensive courtship by the former Vermont governor, who reached out to both Gore and his wife Tipper repeatedly over the past year. Dean sought reassurance from Gore during the spring about his opposition to the Iraq war at a time when that position appeared to be politically risky.


"This is huge," said Donna Brazile, Gore's 2000 campaign manager. "This gives Dean the credibility he's been lacking, from someone from the inside of the party. This will give Dean a tremendous boost in locking down the nomination."

CNN is reporting:
Another source said the endorsement would occur at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Harlem, and that the two would then travel together to Iowa.

Reacting to the news, Erik Smith, a campaign press secretary for Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri, said, "Dick Gephardt fought side-by-side with Al Gore to pass the Clinton economic plan, pass the assault weapons ban and defend against Republican attacks on Medicare and affirmative action. On each of these issues, Howard Dean was on the wrong side."

The New York Times Reports:
Dr. Dean's campaign manager, Joe Trippi, declined to confirm the report. "We're having our event tomorrow at 8 o'clock," Mr. Trippi said. "People can find out who it is then. We're not saying anything."

The decision by Mr. Gore seems likely to help Dr. Dean rebut what has been one of the biggest charges raised by his opponents: That he is a weak candidate who would lead the Democrats to a devastating defeat next year. Mr. Gore has repeatedly said that his top priority next year is helping the Democratic party defeat Mr. Bush.


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