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Monday, January 05, 2004


Bradley to endorse Dean?!

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, January 05, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
If nothing else, think of the symbolism - Dean will have secured the endorsement of BOTH the contenders for the 2000 nomination. And that was hardly a acrimony-free race. Here's the story:

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa -- Howard Dean, whose presidential campaign has already won the backing of former vice president Al Gore, is planning a surprise visit to New Hampshire Tuesday in expectation of receiving the endorsement of the other leading Democratic contender from the 2000 race, former US senator Bill Bradley.
In winning Bradley's support, Dean would not only garner the backing of a candidate who nearly won the New Hampshire primary in the last campaign, but also a candidate like himself who made expanding health insurance for Americans a central theme of his campaign.
In a recent interview with, a California website devoted to politics, Bradley said of Dean: "I think Howard Dean has the strongest free media presence (of the Democratic contenders) and he has managed to broaden that to a broader protest and critique of the Bush administration, and the last things he got to do, he has to be able to broaden that to a broader agenda, more than simply anti-war. And he has to have an aspirational component to what he is saying so that people will feel that they are empowered by him to be as good as they can possibly be.''

We should have more info later today through the wires...


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