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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 08:18 AM
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17. Dean: Dems must lure back voters
By Susan Page, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean says his party needs to do more to appeal to voters who have been lost because of unease over "values," including people who oppose abortion and parents who are dismayed by TV programs they find offensive for their children.

"We need to be a national party, we need a national message, and we need to understand why people in dire economic straits people who certainly aren't being helped by Republican policies why they vote for George Bush," he said. "We need to respect voters in red states who want to vote for us, but we make it hard for them by not listening to what they have to say."

In his first major interview since being elected party chairman in February, Dean struck some themes that echoed his presidential campaign in 2004. He is focusing on building grass-roots organizations and training state parties to tap the Internet for fundraising areas in which his campaign pioneered. (Related story: Democrats must stop 'speaking down to voters,' Dean says)

But the message Dean outlined was a contrast to the one in his campaign, which was fueled by opposition to the war in Iraq and drew mostly liberal support.

more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-04-15-dean...
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  -Democrats must stop 'speaking down to voters,' Dean says ProudToBeLiberal  Apr-15-05 06:28 AM   #0 
  - My opinion on this  senseandsensibility   Apr-15-05 06:33 AM   #1 
  - I don't think he can call every single Democrat in the country.  ProudToBeLiberal   Apr-15-05 06:35 AM   #2 
  - You can't even fart in private if you're the DNC chair.  trogdor   Apr-15-05 07:56 AM   #16 
  - Dean's wrong. Dems talk TO people like they're INTELLIGENT and thoughtful  blm   Apr-15-05 09:36 AM   #28 
  - I didn't understand Dean to say that. I think he's talking about  napi21   Apr-15-05 10:19 AM   #34 
  - Bingo.  redqueen   Apr-15-05 11:19 AM   #43 
  - You definitely got that right...  obreaslan   Apr-15-05 11:40 AM   #47 
  - Oh yeah, I remember now Democrats can't be funny  BrendaStarr   Apr-15-05 11:47 AM   #48 
  - Well if nothing else, blm, Dean's comment will point out  janx   Apr-15-05 12:37 PM   #49 
  - Exactly  senseandsensibility   Apr-15-05 09:39 PM   #58 
  - his public statement is directed at potentially alienated voters  orangepeel68   Apr-15-05 09:59 PM   #60 
  - This isn't criticism aligned with RW talking points...  Concerned GA Voter   Apr-16-05 02:20 PM   #66 
  - It's difficult...  SHRED   Apr-15-05 06:36 AM   #3 
  - Exactly- considering we're talking to Dumfuckistan  demokatgurrl   Apr-15-05 10:37 AM   #38 
  - Good on USAToday for this--  DemItAllAnyway   Apr-15-05 06:37 AM   #4 
  - Comparing Dean to DeLay?  lancdem   Apr-15-05 10:41 AM   #39 
     - I think you missed the point. The Repub pollster was trying to float  DemItAllAnyway   Apr-15-05 11:21 AM   #44 
  - Give 'em hell, Dr Dean.....  Rowdyboy   Apr-15-05 06:38 AM   #5 
  - exactly, I like him because he's not afraid to speak the unpleasant truth  ProudToBeLiberal   Apr-15-05 06:42 AM   #7 
     - And he has a pretty solid grasp of whats wrong with the Democratic party  Rowdyboy   Apr-15-05 06:50 AM   #9 
        - I wish our side would "stay on point", or "stay on message". When  MsUSA   Apr-15-05 08:20 AM   #19 
        - The burn is  XemaSab   Apr-15-05 10:07 AM   #31 
        - dems don't understand talking points and sound bites  yurbud   Apr-15-05 11:30 AM   #46 
        - It'll be very interesting to see what he has to say  janx   Apr-15-05 12:43 PM   #51 
  - It's very hard not to...  ClintonTyree   Apr-15-05 06:40 AM   #6 
  - Do the same thing they do  DemNoir   Apr-15-05 06:46 AM   #8 
  - It begins with respect  zipplewrath   Apr-15-05 10:55 AM   #41 
  - hard for you maybe, right there is the condesenion he's talking about.  bettyellen   Apr-16-05 12:58 PM   #65 
  - God speed Gov Dean  mmonk   Apr-15-05 06:55 AM   #10 
  - editorials, when you speak to other people, and etc.  ProudToBeLiberal   Apr-15-05 07:16 AM   #11 
  - It can be done well. FDR was a patrician from old money and still  no_hypocrisy   Apr-15-05 07:16 AM   #12 
  - I agree we need to learn how to keep it real. Before the election I used  rosebud57   Apr-15-05 07:33 AM   #13 
  - wtg Rosebud!  fudge stripe cookays   Apr-15-05 08:21 AM   #20 
     - Before the election I was saying things like...  rosebud57   Apr-15-05 08:37 AM   #22 
  - This critique was a salvo aimed at the DLC clowns and Hill Dems  Larkspur   Apr-15-05 07:40 AM   #14 
  - Yes. Interesting times are ahead. n/t  janx   Apr-15-05 12:39 PM   #50 
  - Dean can easily see Cong. Dems. are half-hearted talk and no action  MrTriumph   Apr-15-05 10:40 PM   #62 
  - I don't know what he means by "talking down"  karynnj   Apr-15-05 07:45 AM   #15 
  - My interpretation of Howard saying that  XemaSab   Apr-15-05 10:18 AM   #33 
     - I agree we need to shift the issues  karynnj   Apr-15-05 10:35 AM   #36 
     - If that's the case  doc05   Apr-15-05 11:13 AM   #42 
        - Sorry to use harsh language  XemaSab   Apr-15-05 07:54 PM   #55 
  - Dean: Dems must lure back voters  Freddie Stubbs   Apr-15-05 08:18 AM   #17 
  - Did he really say 'lure' ? Did the headline say that ?  hippiechick   Apr-15-05 08:19 AM   #18 
  - The only place the word appears is in the title  Rose Siding   Apr-15-05 08:24 AM   #21 
  - Thank you, Dr. Dean for finally showing your true colors.  Writer   Apr-15-05 09:50 AM   #30 
  - Yes, he's selling-out for the Republocrat ass-kissers known  ElectroPrincess   Apr-15-05 12:58 PM   #54 
  - That second graf is right on the money  lancdem   Apr-15-05 10:46 AM   #40 
  - Is it our fault that the Amerikkan Sheeple are too stupid  AngryAmish   Apr-15-05 08:38 AM   #23 
  - I think this is exactly what Dean is talking about  freedom_to_read   Apr-15-05 09:20 AM   #27 
  - Dean is right on the money!  StopThePendulum   Apr-15-05 08:59 AM   #24 
  - uninformed voters  realFedUp   Apr-15-05 09:04 AM   #25 
  - I thought he was the plain spoken one. I don't understand what he  higher class   Apr-15-05 09:10 AM   #26 
  - Voters must start getting their heads out of their asses.  leesa   Apr-15-05 09:36 AM   #29 
  - Around 1/2 the comments to this thread are proof that Dean is right....  Rowdyboy   Apr-15-05 10:09 AM   #32 
  - The sad fact is  XemaSab   Apr-15-05 10:19 AM   #35 
  - I guess some don't want to win, they just want to be right. n/t  redqueen   Apr-15-05 11:23 AM   #45 
  - Subtle strategy?  athenap   Apr-15-05 10:36 AM   #37 
  - Not sure if I agree with this one.  BullGooseLoony   Apr-15-05 12:46 PM   #52 
  - Dean is doing the same thing he did  frustrated_lefty   Apr-15-05 12:50 PM   #53 
  - Specifically to Religious People  BadNews   Apr-15-05 09:06 PM   #56 
  - You make a good point.  Straight Shooter   Apr-15-05 09:16 PM   #57 
     - Getting it off my chest.  BadNews   Apr-16-05 12:17 PM   #64 
  - Hmmm..I can't think of a single politician that speaks down to the people  Solly Mack   Apr-15-05 09:54 PM   #59 
  - Everyons vote counts the same.  left15   Apr-15-05 10:12 PM   #61 
  - Ugh I detest this kind of thinking  Generator   Apr-16-05 11:43 AM   #63 
  - Republicans have been talking down to their base,  agincourt   Apr-16-05 02:36 PM   #67 
 

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