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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:09 PM
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Kaine: Dems will court all 50 states ‘now and forever’
Kaine: Dems will court all 50 states ‘now and forever’
By Michael O'Brien
Posted: 01/21/09 03:12 PM


Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, installed Wednesday as the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), vowed to aggressively campaign in all 50 states and promised to rely on ideas and not ideology.

“The 50-state strategy is now and forever what Democrats do,” Kaine told DNC members at the party’s winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The plan to seek to compete in all states was put in place by Kaine’s successor, Howard Dean.

“The results speak for themselves. I’ll oversimplify: everybody matters. Every state, every region, every community matters,” Kaine said. However, he also warned Democrats to not simply trust that strategies that worked last year would also work in the future.

Dean had earlier defended the strategy in a valedictory speech before Kaine’s election as chairman.

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http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/kaine-dems-will-cou...
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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:10 PM
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1. Yay!
:woohoo:
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:47 PM
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26. YAY YAY
YAY!!!!
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:10 PM
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2. More Blue Dogs dominating the Party. Hooray? nt
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:14 PM
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4. Is there a thing on this board you approve of? Do tell. nt
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:16 PM
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6. I don't answer to you. Go try to push someone else around.
:hi:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:17 PM
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9. So that's a no, huh. That's what I figured. For a discussion board,
you're just not that into it, are you.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:22 PM
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16. Whatever. You whine when anyone posts ANYTHING but "Rah team!" nt
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:25 PM
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18. I ask you a question and that's your comeback? Do you have
reading comprehension problems, too? There, there... never mind. Carry on with your mindless criticism. And have fun!
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:26 PM
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19. I've seen your work elsewhere on these fora. nt
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Bodhi BloodWave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:55 PM
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35. Ok, since you don't want to answer babylonsister then i'll ask ya the same thing
Is there a thing on this board you approve of? Do tell.

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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 07:03 AM
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42. I enjoy telling centrist bullies where to get off. :) nt
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 07:04 AM by Romulox
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:16 PM
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7. Edit: dupe
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 03:17 PM by Romulox
:hi:
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anonymous171 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:17 PM
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8. Yeah, fuck the 50 state strategy.
And fuck that DLC shill Howard Dean for inventing it.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:21 PM
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13. Dean was a member of the DLC in the past. Just FYI. nt
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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:20 PM
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12. It sure beats being in the minority
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:22 PM
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14. What do you care? Corporatists win either way, so you will be happy. nt
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SidneyCarton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:41 PM
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23. Pardon me sir, but the whine cellar reports that we're out of hemlock.
Can we interest you in a fine vintage of wormwood?
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:22 PM
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15. Gotta start somewhere
I'd rather have a conservative Democrat than any variety of Republican. It's not IDEAL, but if that's the options, that's the choice I'll make
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:23 PM
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17. Yeah, but that "somewhere" shouldn't be a MM away from the Republican Party. nt
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:32 PM
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21. But the fact is, sometimes it IS only a millimeter
And it's better to have a tiny distance than no distance. Call it a "foot in the door" if you will - If Texas or Alaska (for instance) swings to a conservative Democrat, and that Democrat does well, the state will be more receptive to the party, and can be courted to a more progressive position from there.

Would you prefer the Democratic party just write all these states off? That sort of approach put the Democratic party in a slow but steady decline for two decades.
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:42 PM
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22. I am not willing to sell my own interests out for the good of the Party, no.
"Would you prefer the Democratic party just write all these states off?"

No. I would prefer it if the Democrats won new converts by standing up for their traditional principles.

"That sort of approach put the Democratic party in a slow but steady decline for two decades."

Really? Because a lot of people feel that Clintonian "triangulation" has been the problem.
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BzaDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:22 AM
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44. And those people would be... wrong.
McGovern and Mondale were very liberal, not centrist at all. Both came before Clinton. Why don't you take a look at how they did. Luckily, there are enough reasonable people in the Democratic party so that we don't continue to follow people like you and lose 49 states. :)
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:43 AM
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45. Again, you are looking at whether politicians "win" or "lose". I'm looking at the American people
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 11:43 AM by Romulox
and the impact on their lives.

So Clinton, a center/right Democrat, may have won two terms. But real wages declined during that period, the trade deficit exploded, and more people were imprisoned than ever before in US history.

So a shift to the hard right may be a "win" for a (D), but it's a loss for the American people.

"Luckily, there are enough reasonable people in the Democratic party so that we don't continue to follow people like you and lose 49 states."

So, I guess you were a Republican during W's term, right? Since winning at any cost is all that matters? :hi:
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 08:18 AM
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43. do you do anything otherthan complain about everything? is your mission to drop turds in the punch
bowl?
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Romulox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 04:23 PM
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50. Do you do anything other than pile on? nt
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:10 PM
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3. Excellent!
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Cash_thatswhatiwant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:16 PM
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5. yay
:thumbsup:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:18 PM
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10. Is the DNC reading DU?
:tinfoilhat:

Didn't we just have a thread about this very subject?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:18 PM
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11. Yes, something about the 50-state strategy RIPing. Wrong, obviously. nt
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:50 PM
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27. you need to be mindful
some folks don't want dems to succeeed unless they tell them now to succeed.

the other thread was unsupported, just a post of rumors and worry.

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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:31 PM
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20. interesting.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:17 PM
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24. He also said not to trust those strategies to work in the future.
"The results speak for themselves. I’ll oversimplify: everybody matters. Every state, every region, every community matters,” Kaine said. However, he also warned Democrats to not simply trust that strategies that worked last year would also work in the future.

Dean had earlier defended the strategy in a valedictory speech before Kaine’s election as chairman.

“We cannot appear complacent,” Dean told party members. “We need to keep showing up, keep asking people for their vote, or we can lose their votes just as quickly as we gained them.”
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:44 PM
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25. He's looking towards the future, trying to keep what's been done
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 05:47 PM by babylonsister
current. You take out one line from the whole article and conflate it. Sorry, read the title, read the story, read Kaine's words. He is not going to do away with the 50-state strategy despite you constantly saying he will.
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:56 PM
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28. It's a good point
Strategies will not always work as they are. Times changes, people changes, demographics and regions and issues change. The Republicans have relied on the Southern Strategy for decades, and look how well that's turned out for them lately.

Right now, the 50-State Strategy works. Does that mean we can't make it work even better? Does that mean it is guaranteed to work in five years time? There are innumerable factors to consider; the worst thing we can do is brush off our hands and declare "Well, we're set. Don't need anything else."
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:59 AM
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48. Which is a very good point. We shouldn't get complicit and simply go through the motions. nt
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:04 PM
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29. Good. nt
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:19 PM
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30. Kaine is a bore and a huge turn off
I watched the video they sent out, and he's a human sleeping pill. He droned on about how much he loves Republicans and wants to make them happy for several minutes, then I nodded off...it was a nice nap.

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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:21 PM
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34. It isn't the DNC chair's job to draw attention.
We've got a kick-ass president for that now.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:28 PM
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31. Earth to Kaine: "Cats" closed.
"Now and forever", indeed. :P Maybe a road company came to Richmond? :shrug:
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:34 PM
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32. Eeeeexcellent!
Hehehe.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:36 PM
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33. HURRAY
that's how we win!!!!! :bounce:
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That Is Quite Enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 07:57 PM
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36. Hopefully this will relieve some people's apprehensions about Kaine.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 07:58 PM by That Is Quite Enough
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:07 PM
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37. Why?
I've seen no actions.
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That Is Quite Enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:20 PM
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38. I've seen lots of people worrying that Kaine would push the DNC to abandon the 50 State Strat.
If he supports it, then it would seem likely that the 50 State Strategy will continue.
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Pastiche423 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:07 PM
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39. That's a mighty big IF you are depending on
I do not and will never understand why anyone at DU is happy w/DLCers, DINOs and Clinton retreads.
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eirteacher Donating Member (66 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:57 PM
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40. The smirk is now off Rudolph Giuliani pie hole. Go Community Organizers.
Yesterdays inauguration of Barack Obama wiped the smile off Rudolph Giuliani's smug face. I hope his pie hole has been slammed shut for a long time. Remember when him and Crack from the Klondike made fun of community organizers during th GOP convention.I wonder what they thinks about community organizers now?
50 states, 50 million voters for the Democrats.
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flying rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:43 AM
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41. Isn't Kaine the successor, not Howard Dean?
Or am I reading that wrong.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:58 AM
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47. Right. The sentence should read:
Edited on Thu Jan-22-09 11:59 AM by Kaleko
"The plan to seek to compete in all states was put in place by Kaine’s predecessor, Howard Dean." Not "successor".
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:45 AM
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46. It's "...was put in place by Kaine's PREDECESSOR, Howard Dean."
Kaine is Dean's successor, not the other way around.

Hey, what have we got here? Another john Airhead roberts?
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:00 PM
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49. Of course. Anyone with a brain could see that coming.
Hint, hint.
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malletgirl02 Donating Member (938 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:19 PM
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51. As he should
Kaine knows the only reason Virginia went blue, and now has its second Democratic senator was due to the 50 state strategy. Also as the governor of Virginia, he knows how it feels to be left out by the DNC.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 05:23 PM
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52. Kaine will do this because it s common sense. Obama won this way.
It would be sheer stupidity not to use Dean's strategy. I don't care what Kaine's politics are in the Dem party, I care how he will run the DNC. This is a good start.
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