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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 09:18 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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