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Wednesday, January 21, 2004


DFA Conference Call From Tonight: Please Come To New Hampshire Now.

posted by Heath at Wednesday, January 21, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
A conference call was held tonight to rally supporters to get to New Hampshire and answer questions about the direction the campaign is going in.

US Senator Patrick Leahy, DFA National Finance Chairman Terry Learman and Vermont Chair Dashiell Flynn hosted the call.

Eager supporters immediately clamored about what they think needs to change after the results in Iowa and asked what they could do to help in New Hampshire.

"Dean should put on a jacket again and look more presidential," said one concerned caller.

"Dean has to start taking credit for setting the stage and driving the debate for all these other bozos," said another. "We have to talk about why Bush and Rove are afraid of Dean!"

Many others wanted to advise Dean handlers to immediately get the Governor out on the Comedy circuit to take advantage of the buzz about his Iowa exit speech.

When DFA Finance Committee Chairman Terry Learman joined the call he said in his 56 years he had "never seen a better campaign office--life charged situation" than the one he is seeing from Manchester headquarters from where he called.

"But it takes a lot of fuel to run the engine," said Learman. "besides money--we need people to swarm to New Hampshire right now."

In the question and answer session, Learman responded that, since Iowa, "the internet alone has raised over $1 million. Fundraising has not dropped at all, and that number doesn't include the checks being mailed in."

Learman said that in one day this week $280,000 was raised.

"What's even more impressive is that we have more donors out there than ALL of the campaigns combined with an average of about $75 per donation," said Learman. "Howard Dean IS campaign finance reform."

When asked what specifically needed to change after Iowa, Learman said that "we may have gotten off message. Dean got caught up in a perfect political storm with a withering display of attacks--the likes that I've never seen before. We're coming out with new ads (in NH) and will emphasize our positive message."

Senator Leahy had called in from Washington, D.C. and asked callers to join him on a bus leaving from Burlington for New Hampshire, or simply to follow him and others to get out to New Hampshire and fight for Howard the same way he's been fighting for all Americans.

"We have 6 days before the New Hampshire primary," said Leahy. "Vermonters know Howard best and the people in New Hampshire need to hear from their neighbors and others across the country about what a great guy he is."

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