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Thursday, February 05, 2004


Dean on Wisconsin: "The entire race has come down to this."

posted by Editor at Thursday, February 05, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Dean has drawn a line in the sand. Clark and Edwards did this and they're still fighting. Gephardt and Lieberman did too and they went packing. It's Wisconsin or bust, folks. If Dean fails to win Wisconsin, we'll all be picking a new candidate.

"We must win Wisconsin," the former Vermont governor said in a memo to supporters. "A win there will carry us to the big states on March 2 -- and narrow the field to two candidates. Anything else will put us out of the race."

In a fund-raising plea, Dean, who spent $40 million on a gamble that he could wrap up the Democratic presidential nomination with early victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, asked supporters for $50 contributions so he could raise $700,000 by Sunday to pay for advertising in Wisconsin.

"We must launch our new television advertisement on Monday in the major markets in Wisconsin," he said. "To do that I need your help."


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