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Thursday, April 15, 2004


Dean at Dartmouth

posted by Conan at Thursday, April 15, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Sounds like Dean really left them laughing in New Hampshire today:

"If you give me anymore receptions like that, I'm putting my hat back into the ring -- joke! Only kidding!" laughs Howard Dean after being greeted with applause.

...It's Dean's first day of school in his new role; distinguished visiting fellow at Dartmouth...

"The stakes for 2004 are enormous because we now have a foreign policy based on false information given to American people, which has resulted in death of 600 brave American soldiers," Dean tells a crowd of about 300.

..."He really does care, it's not like it's just about getting the power, it was really about making the changes he was hoping for," says Dartmouth senior Melana Yanos...

Dean says his campaign is about changing the country, not about one race. And he insists he doesn't dwell on the race he lost.

"That's all woulda, coulda, shoulda, it's all speculation. Could we have been more organized, sure. Could we have done this, that? Of course we would have. In medicine we called that the retrospectroscope," laughs Dean. "It's the most accurate instrument ever seen."


Like I said: Lucky Dartmouth. Dean's talk was titled "The Long-term Implications of the 2004 Presidential Election." Oh and has anybody else noticed the DFA website has kept its link to Kos intact and starts off tonight's "Around the Blogs" feature with a link to a Kos story on recent state polls? Apparently somebody still has a backbone.


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