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Thursday, October 23, 2003


Congressman Tim Ryan Endorses Governor Howard Dean for President

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From Dean for America...
October 23, 2003

Congressman Tim Ryan Endorses Governor Howard Dean for President

NILES, OHIO--Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) today endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Governor Howard Dean, M.D. In making the announcement today, Ryan cited Governor Dean's grassroots-based campaign and his efforts to end the hold of special interests on the governing process.

"Governor Dean brings political power back to the people," Congressman Ryan said. "When he sits in the White House his priority will be the people who gave 74 dollars and volunteered their time to his campaign, not the special interest groups who finance their candidate of choice. His message is honest, and I find that refreshing in the political arena."

"I am excited that Tim Ryan has decided to join our campaign and take our country back," Governor Dean said. "In his first year in Congress, Tim has already proved himself an able leader and a strong voice for the people of Ohio. I look forward to working with him over the coming months to ensure that we can provide high quality jobs and health care for all Americans."

Over 477,000 Americans have joined Governor Dean's campaign, and nearly a quarter million have contributed an average of about $80 to help Dean build the greatest grassroots campaign presidential politics has ever seen. In the third quarter, Dean for America raised 14.8 million with over 168,000 individual contributions averaging $73.69.

Ryan is in his first term in Congress, and is the youngest member of the Democratic caucus.



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