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Friday, January 24, 2003


Jeffords on Dean: "The next President"

posted by Chuckie at Friday, January 24, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords (I) announced his support for the candidacy of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean at a Washington fundraiser today.

“I came here for one reason,” said Jeffords, who arrived in the middle of Dean’s speech, “I wanted to be with the next President of the United States.”

The event, which took place in the house of a supporter in Washington’s Seward Square, was unexpectedly well attended. As many as 150 people crowded the house, each donating between $25 and $250 towards Dean’s efforts to qualify for federal matching funds. People were pressed up against one another from the front to the back door, with people looking down from the second-floor balcony, unable to make it down the stairs due to the size of the gathering.

In what was perhaps the most memorable line of his speech to the packed house, Dean said, “anyone who embraces supply-side economics has a serious cognitive problem.” Also covered at the event were Dean’s views on missile defense (Dean supports boost-phase missile defense instead of what he termed Bush’s “intergalactic” system) and the death penalty (Dean supports it in cases where a child or a police officer is murdered but does not consider it to be a deterrent. Vermont does not have the death penalty).


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