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Friday, December 05, 2003


Major Strategy Announcement

posted by annatopia at Friday, December 05, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Joe Trippi is holding a conference call with the national media in about ten minutes to announce a "major strategy". I'm going to dial in, and I'll give you all the details when the call is done.

update: The Dean campaign will begin campaigning aggressively in the primary states that vote on February 3. On Sunday, a 30 minute tv program will air in Madison, Wisconsin. The program will feature a bio as well as information on Gov Dean's vision for America. Beginning on Monday, the Dean campaign will air tv ads in in South Carolina (where we are now in the lead according to the latest Zogby poll) and New Mexico which will run through February 3. Within 7-10 days, we'll begin airing ads in Arizona and Oklahoma which will again run through the primary. There are also plans for Missouri, North Dakota, and Delaware. In addition, Dean for America will be pumping additional resources into the grassroots organisations in those states and essentially kicking the campaign into high gear in preparation for February 3. As Joe Trippi said on the call, "'We intend to win all of these states."
I interpret this as throwing down the gauntlet and challenging the other campaigns to prove that they can compete in all 50 states. On the call, Joe said that no other campaign has the resources (both in people and in money) to compete nationally, and that this move will once again force some of our competitors to shift their strategies to compete with us. Once again, Trippi & Co. are ahead of the curve. This move will take quite a bit of resources, so let's make sure our coffers are replenished. Go take a swing at the bat.


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