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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:59 AM
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Dean supporters are going to be busy as hell in a few minutes
:)
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:00 PM
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1. :-)
:D
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:03 PM
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2. And here it is:
I'm Running

As I have traveled across our country, I have talked to thousands of people who are working for change in their own communities about the power of politics to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others. Every group I have spoken to, I encouraged them to stand up for what they believe and to get involved in the electoral processbecause the only sure way to make difference is to step up and run for office yourself.

Today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee.

The Democratic Party needs a vibrant, forward-thinking, long-term presence in every single state and we must be willing to contest every race at every level. We will only win when we show up and fight for the issues important to all of us.

Another integral part of our strategy must be cultivating the party's grassroots. Our long term success depends on all of us taking an active role in our party and in the political process, by volunteering, going door to door and taking the Democratic message into every community, and by organizing at the local level. After all, new ideas and new leaders don't come from consultants; they come from communities.

As important as organization is, it alone can no longer win us elections. Offering a new choice means making Democrats the party of reformreforming America's financial situation, reforming our electoral process, reforming health care, reforming education and putting morality back in our foreign policy. The Democratic Party will not win elections or build a lasting majority solely by changing its rhetoric, nor will we win by adopting the other side�s positions. We must say what we meanand mean real change when we say it.

But most of all, together, we have to rebuild the American community. We will never succeed by treating our nation as a collection of separate regions or separate groups. There are no red states or blues states, only American states. And we must talk to the people in all of these states as members of one community.

That word'values'has lately become a codeword for appeasement of the right-wing fringe. But when political calculations make us soften our opposition to bigotry, or sign on to policies that add to the burden of ordinary Americans, we have abandoned our true values.

We cannot let that happen. And we cannot just mouth the words. Our party must speak plainly and our agenda must clearly reflect the socially progressive, fiscally responsible values that bring our partyand the vast majority of Americanstogether.

All of this will require both national perspective and local experience. I know what it's like to lead hands-on at the state level and I know what it�s like to run for national office.

With your help, this past election season, Democracy for America, already started creating the kind of organization the Democratic Party can be. This past election cycle, we endorsed over 100 candidates at all levels of governmentfrom school board to U.S. Senate. We contributed almost a million dollars to nearly 750 candidates around the country and raised millions of dollars for many more candidates.

Together, we helped elect a Democratic governor in Montana, a Democratic mayor of Salt Lake County, Utah and an African American woman to the bench in Alabama. Fifteen of the candidates we endorsed had never run for office beforeand won.

I also have experience building and managing a local party organization. My career started as Democratic Party chair in Chittenden County, Vermont. I then ran successful campaigns: for state legislature, lieutenant governor and then governor. In my 11-year tenure as governor, I balanced the state's budget every year.

I served as chair of both the National Governors' Association and the Democratic Governors' Association (DGA). And as chair of the DGA, I helped recruit nearly 20 governors that woneven in states like Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi.

All of these experiences have only reaffirmed what I know to be true. There is only one party that speaks to the hopes and dreams of all Americans. It is the party you have already given so much to. It is the Democratic Party.

We can win elections only by standing up for what we believe.

Thank you and I look forward to listening to your concerns in the weeks ahead.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:03 PM
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3. Is there a link for this?
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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:04 PM
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5. DfA Website
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NYCGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:04 PM
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6. Go to:
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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:04 PM
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4. Yes!!!
Go Dean, go, go!! I completely agree!
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x_y_no Donating Member (291 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:23 PM
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16. Of those rumored to be in the running ...
I like Dean and I like Rosenberg.

Either one would suit me fine.
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Adelante Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:25 PM
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19. Excellent news! nt
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Katidid Donating Member (310 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:53 PM
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21. As important as organization is ......
Maybe he can pull the it together and unify the national Dem party before they lose too many members ... quite frankly I am not hopeful.... and it seems like the activist organizations are "Move"- ing On" ...
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TeddyKGB Donating Member (728 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:35 PM
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24. "Yeagh!"
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 01:45 PM by TeddyKGB
Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Pitt -- you Kerry supporter!

/kidding
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:05 PM
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7. heh...I support him for DNC chair because he has some awareness of BBV
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 12:06 PM by blm
and the GOP control of most of the media.

Those are the my priorities this go-round. If someone comes forward who bests Dean on those two issues, then I'll switch to them. Till then....I'm supporting Dean.

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:06 PM
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8. And instant runoff voting :^)
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Save our country one town, county, and state at a time!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm#...
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:17 PM
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15. great to hear blm
:hug:
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RogueTrooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:25 PM
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18. Excellent
:yourock:
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:06 PM
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9. Is there anything we can do
make this happen?
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mandyky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:09 PM
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11. Contact your state's officials that have a vote
Dean has asked that we only contact our states' people and not to spam the other states, etc...
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:11 PM
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12. Excellent - thanks! eom
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:03 PM
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22. YES. You can write to the DNC people who will be voting on
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complain jane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:07 PM
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10. Glad to hear this. We need this, I think.
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Voltaire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:17 PM
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13. As I Dean Supporter I am disappointed
Inside the party is a black hole. If he wins, I hope he goes in smashing furniture.
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w4rma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:32 PM
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23. As a Dean Supporter I am delighted.
Edited on Tue Jan-11-05 01:36 PM by w4rma
And I hope he does NOT go in smashing furniture (and making enemies). Dean is a builder, not a destroyer.

But, I'm nearly positive that he won't do that, so that's not a problem.
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mandyky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:23 PM
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25. I too would rather him run again for Prez but
2012 is still open - we (Democrats) can't win until the D Party makes some reforms and lays a good foundation. I think Howard Dean is the man for the job!
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:03 PM
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26. Well he said the the DNC chair debate a few days ago:
that without serious changes to the DNC, no Democrat can win the presidency. So at least in his own mind, he's gunning for the job where he can make the biggest impact. I tend to agree with him on that point.
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DIKB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:17 PM
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14. 4 simple words.
He gives me hope.
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RogueTrooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:24 PM
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17. We're back in business
:evilgrin:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:42 PM
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20. Dean the Man!
The Doctor Is In!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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