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Tuesday, March 23, 2004


discussion thread: Democrats United

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, March 23, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Thursday, the DNC is hosting it's "Democrats United" conference, which will honor Presidents Carter and Clinton as well as all the candidates for President this year. Dean will be atending, and it's no coincidence that he chose the same day for his official endorsement of Kerry.

Unity is going to be a major theme of the DNC from here out, and the single biggest reason is the desire on the part of the establishment to tap into the grassroots the way Dean did. We Dean supporters remain a valuable commodity. Both the party and the media will be taking a close look at the netroots to see how we react.

What are your thoughts on being united against Bush? How do you feel about supporting Kerry?


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