Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Now that Gov. Dean has brought his campaign for the presidency to an end, GrassrootsforDean.com invites you to become a regular reader of Progressive Nation. The campaign is over; the movement continues...
Today my candidacy may come to an end?but our campaign for change is not over.
I want to thank each and every person who has supported this campaign. Over the last year, you have reached out to neighbors, friends, family and colleagues?building one American at a time the greatest grassroots campaign presidential politics has ever seen. I will never forget the work and the heart that you put into our campaign.
In the coming weeks, we will be launching a new initiative to continue the campaign you helped begin. Please continue to come to www.deanforamerica.com for updates and news as our new initiative develops. There is much work still to be done, and today is not an end?it is just the beginning.
This Party and this country needs change, and you have already begun that process. I want you to think about how far we have come. The truth is: change is tough. There is enormous institutional pressure in our country against change. There is enormous institutional pressure in Washington against change, in the Democratic Party against change. Yet, you have already started to change the Party and together we have transformed this race. Along the way, we?ve engaged hundreds of thousands of new Americans in the political process, as witnessed by this year?s record participation in the primaries and caucuses.
The fight that we began can and must continue. Although my candidacy for president may end today, the most important goal remains defeating George W. Bush in November, and I hope that you will join me in doing everything we can to support the Democrats this fall. From the earliest days of our campaign, I have said that the power to change Washington rests not in my hands, but in yours. Always remember, you have the power to take our country back.
-Gov. Howard Dean M.D.
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Thursday, February 19, 2004
Carl with a K is back blogging, and he features Gov. Dean's first guest blogging experience outside of the O-Blog since he has suspended his campaign. Check it out.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2004
"I'd also like to say that whatever it is that Howard Dean knows, or whatever it is that he eats for breakfast every morning, if I could give it to every other Democratic office holder and would-be office holder, we would immediately become the majority in the Congress and we would have about 35 governors. I have to tell you, I think a big part of it is just producing for people, actually doing what you say you're going to do at election time. And I very much appreciate what he said about what we've tried to do here in Washington.' -- Bill Clinton, November 12, 1997 "
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Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Hopefully, this is a sign that the Dean Campaign is going to embark on a positive vision that it so desperately needs.
Two years ago, I got into this race to change the Democratic Party, and to change the country.
I drove down Interstate 89 from Vermont to New Hampshire to meet with voters face to face, with a handful of brochures in my pocket and a conviction that our country can do better.
Something had gone wrong in our country, and Democrats were caving in to the President and failing to offer the American people a real choice. We had lost our way as a party.
Someone needed to stand up to President Bush on issues that matter - to stand up against the war, against his reckless tax cuts, and against a culture of catering to special interests at the expense of our environment and our children.
Standing up for what I believe is what I've always done and always will do - even when the polls say it isn't popular. I did it on civil unions in Vermont and in opposing the war in Iraq. And I've done it in this race for President.
Now it's time to talk more about the change that we need in our country, and who's best positioned to make that change happen.
This race is about the future. It's about fulfilling the Promise of America for our families and kids. And it's about which candidate has a proven record of delivering results.
For eleven years, as Governor of Vermont, I balanced budgets; provided health care for nearly every child in our state; expanded prescription coverage for seniors; created 20% more jobs; and raised the minimum wage.
We invested in Vermont's children. We lowered child abuse rates and raised graduation rates. Teen pregnancy went way down; childhood immunization went way up.
We did all this for Vermont's children, and now, by acting together, we can show how to do it for all of America's families and children.
I am a doctor who's delivered health care. And as governor, I delivered results, not just speeches.
Now the other candidates have adopted our message - they have adopted our position on Iraq, our criticism of No Child Left Behind, and our opposition to Bush's tax cuts.
I'm glad they've joined me. It's good for our party and good for our country. Our message has changed the nature of this race, and our campaign has changed American politics. And finally our party - formerly in retreat - is standing up and offering a real alternative to George W. Bush.
But the true test of leadership is having the courage to stand up for what you believe when it counts - even when it's not popular. That's the test by which I've measured my public life. And it's the test by which I will measure my Presidency.
I hope you will stand by me as we enter this critical period in the 2004 campaign.
Governor Howard Dean, M.D.
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Monday, January 19, 2004
I've put up a goal of $2000 for supporters to show Gov. Dean and the media that we intend to win. Please consider contributing to this cause.
Crossposted to Dean Nation.
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Sunday, January 18, 2004
These normally come out when Dean is about to receive an endorsement. Similar advisories were sent out for the Gore and Mosley-Braun endorsements. Has anyone heard who this might be?
** MEDIA ADVISORY **
January 18, 2004
DES MOINES--Governor Dean will be joined by a special guest today on the
campaign trail for events in Davenport and Cedar Rapids.
Who: Governor Howard Dean and special guest
When: January 18, 2004
West High School Cafeteria)
3505 West Locust, Davenport, IA
Cedar Rapids Rally
Jefferson High School
3505 West Locust
Cross Posted on Dean Nation
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Thursday, January 15, 2004
From the Braun Campaign...
CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN WITHDRAWS FROM PRESIDENTIAL RACE
AND ENDORSES HOWARD DEAN
Statement of Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
CARROLL, IA- I want to thank everybody for your kindness to me, and for allowing me to participate as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. This campaign has been a wonderful learning experience for me, one that restored my faith in the political process and renewed my belief in the goodness of the American people.
I am here today to thank those Iowans who were prepared to stand for me in Mondays’ caucuses, and to ask that you stand instead for Howard Dean.
Your support is precious to me, and so I make this recommendation with the most sincerity and thought I have ever brought to any decision.
Gov. Dean has the energy to inspire the American people, to break the cocoon of fear that envelopes us and empowers president Bush and his entourage from the extreme right wing, and he has a program to put our country back on track to tax fairness, job creation, balanced budgets and an economy that works for everyone regardless of sex or race. He has the experience to know that state and local and national government have to cooperate and collaborate, and end the destructive game of monetary musical chairs that creates unfunded mandates and failing schools. He understands that a real war on terrorism starts with putting the domestic security of the American people first. He can “work well with others” around the world and craft a foreign policy that is neither arrogant nor preemptive, but that begins with respect and builds on alliances. He takes seriously our stewardship of the planet and our environmental responsibilities.
Howard Dean is a Democrat we can all be proud to support.
I am so very grateful to you who have made my candidacy possible, and who believed, as I did, that my campaign offered Americans a unique opportunity for progress. When barriers of gender and race fall in America, our nation is richer for it, and all Americans will benefit from the opening up of a reservoir of talent and capacity and contributions and ideas that have been locked up for too long.
But the funding and organizational disadvantages of a nontraditional campaign could not be overcome, and so this campaign was unable to compete effectively or support your hard work as it should. Continuing would not have been fair to hundreds of delegates, (especially Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis), and thousands of volunteers and millions of supporters who wanted to give the American people a message of hope and progress. We were and are determined to give the next generation of Americans no less than what we inherited for the last one, and we are committed to opening up our democracy.
We will get there one day. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Progress for our republic will come when we live up to the ideal of equality and inclusion that is at the heart of the American dream. The political process is an avenue for building a more perfect union, if for no other reason that it is, in the end, a purely mathematical process: with one vote more than the next guy, you win (most of the time!)
When women run, when people of color run, we open up the possibility that women and people of color can win. I have a record of building bridges, bringing people together, and breaking barriers, and I am proud of my role in breaking new ground with this campaign. I was able to walk in the footsteps of my hero, Shirley Chisholm, and we qualified for ballot position in more states than any woman has ever done in the history of this country.
So to those of you who believed in this effort, I say, take heart, you can claim the nobility of moving our country forward, and of opening up possibilities for all our daughters. I thank you for your vision and your patriotism.
But today, especially, I ask that you share my view that Gov. Dean is the candidate best equipped to continue the progress we need to have, to bring Americans together to renew our country and restore our privacy, our liberty and our economic security. His leadership will help us live up to our generational responsibility.
I am happy to support him, and hope you will stand for him with the conviction and courage with which you would have stood for me.
I appreciate your continued support and look forward to dancing with you at the Inaugural Ball for Howard Dean this time next year.
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