Friday, January 09, 2004
Vice Chair of Iowa Democrats Endorses Dean http://www.blogforamerica.com
"I have chosen to endorse Governor Howard Dean, MD, for president today for three reasons," Dr. Thomas said.
"First, because he has a record of results as a doctor and a governor on the issue most important to me, health care. As a doctor he understands the need to provide a safety net by implementing a viable plan that ensures health care access for all Americans. As a governor he has a record of expanding access to quality health care to nearly every child in his state as well as expanding access to assistance with prescription drug costs for more than one third of residents.
"Second, Governor Dean has put together a campaign that gives this Democrat hope we can beat George W. Bush and take our country back from the large, corporate special interests. For the first time in years we have a Democrat who can excite our base, expand our base, and unite our base.
"I am proud to join more than 550,000 Americans who make up the greatest grassroots organization in modern history.
"Finally, I have decided to endorse Governor Dean today because although I respect all of the candidates, I am disappointed in their concerted last-minute attacks on Governor Dean. This election is about beating George W. Bush, not dividing our party with negative campaign tactics designed to suppress caucus turnout."
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