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Sunday, October 26, 2003


Dean Personally Thanks YOU!

posted by Heath at Sunday, October 26, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Ah, yes, another Sunday morning bursting with our favorite TV talk shows and pundits making predictions about our guy. So far the campaign's been enjoying the advantage of getting plugged and covered more because Dean has been such a formidable candidate from the start. The other candidates are all being forced to measure up against "Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean..."

Amazingly enough, Dean is still enjoying the benefits of being perceived as an underdog. You know Dean's brand is on top when a single digit competitor, like Kucinich, fires empty charges and makes false demands just to keep his brand positioned visibly next to Dean's. How transparent.

Washington insiders, like Donna Brazile, are finally admitting that Dean's got a movement on his hands and not just a campaign. Despite a brutal schedule, Dean doesn't forget where it all started. He dropped everything after Friday night's Burlington Sheraton rally just to quickly say how much he appreciates what you are doing.

Here's the short but sweet Video message:
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(video via the Vault Burlington Sheraton 10-24-03).


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