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Friday, July 11, 2003


Some Moderate Democrats Could Like Dean

posted by Aziz P. at Friday, July 11, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
The Ranks of those who Get It™ continue to grow:

Republicans and even some moderate Democrats have portrayed Dean as the next George McGovern, who won the 1972 Democratic nomination by appealing to anti-war liberals only to get trounced by a sitting Republican president, Richard Nixon. But behind Dean's liberal image is his record as Vermont governor of reforming welfare, slashing state spending and cutting taxes for businesses.

Moderate Democratic Rep. Cal Dooley of California says Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (news - web sites) is the best Democrat to take on Bush next year. He says Democrats in moderate districts wouldn't want to see Dean on the top of the ticket right now, but that could change if Dean changes his rhetoric and starts talking about his record.

"He's not nearly as liberal people perceive him," Dooley said.

Dean is still evolving his national image as he climbs to the top of the field in fund raising. That rise and his strong views on Iraq (news - web sites) earned him an appearance Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

He had entered the race largely unknown nationally with a record that cannot be simply defined as liberal or conservative.

The ABC Good Morning America appearance was this morning - if anyone has a transcript, please share!


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