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Tuesday, January 13, 2004


Carter to Endorse Dean?

posted by Editor at Tuesday, January 13, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Wolf Blitzer Reports is reporting that Jimmy Carter may be endorsing Gov. Howard Dean. Joe Trippi says he "doesn't believe" that Carter will, but said to tune in this Sunday to find out.

The link above is to another story which says:
Former President Carter will offer words of praise -- but no endorsement -- when he joins Democrat Howard Dean in Georgia on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, campaign aides said Tuesday.

The two men plan to have a private meeting and then make a joint public appearance in Carter's home town of Plains, Ga., on Sunday, according to Dean advisers speaking on a condition of anonymity.

The advisers said they don't expect Carter to make an endorsement as they anticipate that the former president will remain officially neutral. The former Democratic president said he will not express any preference about who should be the nominee.

Update: The campaign has issued the following press release:
January 13, 2004

Governor Dean To Visit President Carter Sunday

BURLINGTON—On January 18, Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D., will travel to Plains, Georgia to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and attend Sunday school and services at Maranatha Baptist Church, President Carter’s church. This event is not expected to be an endorsement event.


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