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Thursday, January 08, 2004


Howard Dean: Our Sense Of Community

posted by Heath at Thursday, January 08, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
I was reading Dana's post below and had to follow up. It reminded me that Howard Dean has been the ONLY outside-the-beltway candidate from the start who has had the guts to tell us what he really thinks--Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. He didn't wait to see where the wind was blowing. He has also campaigned longer, and harder for us than all of the others, whatever their individual agendas. Indeed, most of the others would have stayed silent about the important issue differences with Bush in this election if Howard Dean didn't have the instinct to lead and supply a clear choice.

This video clip is a tad longer than usual, and I apologize for those who don't have the time or technology to download it. However, at a time when the really ugly stuff is coming out, Dean's core message should be heard again: COMMUNITY. We are ALL in this together. DeanTV is tired of seeing Dean's words picked apart for a neatly wrapped negative package by entities that do not have our best interest at heart. It's up to us to keep spreading the positive word that we will not be pitted against one another for someone else's gain.

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DeanTV heads to Minnesota and Iowa tomorrow. I'll be disguised as the guy with mid-western roots talking to people in Iowa about community and whether or not it's an old-fashioned notion to know your neighbor. Don't blow my cover--I'll sneak into a church basement caucus with my TV camera lights and convince the 500 people there that I've always lived amongst them.

Crossposted at (Manchester, NH 1/6/04): "The Fairly Balanced Network."


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