Thursday, February 26, 2004
NEW HAVEN--The following is excerpted from Governor Howard Dean's remarks here tonight as prepared for delivery:
On March 18, I will announce our plans to build a new organization, using our nationwide grassroots network, to continue our work to transform the Democratic Party and to change America.
We are determined to keep this organization as vibrant as it was throughout our campaign.
There are a lot of ways to make change. We are leaving one track, but we are going on another track that will take back America for ordinary people again.
Democracy, Freedom, and Action will be the watchwords of this new effort.
Our new effort will change America by working for the following principles:
* We will promote grassroots democracy and bring new people into politics.
* We will support candidates and office-holders who tell the truth; stand up for what they believe; and oppose the radical agenda of the far right.
* We will fight against the special interests.
* And we will fight for progressive policies like:
o Health care for all.
o Investment in children.
o Equal rights under the law.
o Fiscal responsibility; and
o A national security policy that makes America stronger by working with allies and advancing progressive American values.
We want everyone involved in Dean for America to stay involved, stay together, stay with the Democratic Party, and support the Democratic nominee. As I have said before, I strongly urge my supporters not to be tempted by independent or third-party candidates.
Let me tell you how I think the Democratic Party can win in 2004.
This year, our campaign made the case that, in order to defeat George W. Bush, the Democratic Party must stand up strong for its principles, not paper over its differences with the most radical administration in our lifetime.
In order to win, the Democratic Party must aggressively expose the ways in which George W. Bush's policies benefit the privileged and the most extreme ideologues.
I will do everything I can to ensure that the 2004 Democratic nominee runs as a true progressive, as a champion of working Americans and their hopes for a better future. Because - I will say it again -- that is the way to win in 2004."
This is what I've been waiting for: a clear solid statement of principals that is inclusive for members of all parties who support reform. No vague pronouncements, no teasing, just a clear statement of the principals of DFA v2.0. What do you think?
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