Howard Dean, considered by many to be the front-runner in the Democratic
race, followed Tuesday's endorsement by former VP and failed 2000 Democratic
Presidential candidate Al Gore with more endorsements by other formerly
Dukakis, Democratic candidate in 1988, followed Gore's announcement
at the press event in Harlem. Dukakis took the podium after Gore's
speech, and all the other follow-up events, including an appearance
by Boone's Town Band, a New York based alternative rock band hired
for the event.
"Howard Dean has shown he has the guts to beat George Bush," Dukakis
said to a room of people walking away towards the lavish buffet
and a chance to speak with Dean and Gore. His speech was cut short
when the PA system was disconnected as workers packed up the site.
Walter Mondale, Democratic presidential contender in 1984 and
failed stand-in for deceased Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002, held
a joint press conference with George McGovern at the proposed site
for the McGovern Library at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell,
"I'm here today to being my support to the campaign for the
next President of the United States, Howard Dean," Mondale
announced to the nearly vacant lot.
Nearly half of the teeming crowd of twenty people were members
of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota. At every pause
in Mondale's speech, the Minnesotans cheered or booed loudly. The
other half of the crowd, local North Dakotans, asked politely if
the Minnesotans wouldn't mind keeping it down.
Senior reporter at the site, Kathy Hausman, Feature Editor at
the Dakota Wesleyan Observer and a junior in the Psychology program,
asked Mondale, "What do you think you can bring to the Dean
"My vast experience in fighting difficult campaigns should
help Dean create a winning strategy," Mondale replied. "I'm
not exactly sure how, but we can win! I think."
McGovern took the podium next, looking slightly agitated at the
hoots from the Minnesotans. McGovern smiled, looked over his note
cards briefly, and then handed them to Hausman, saying, "Just
take your notes from these. I'm too old for this crap."
Mondale was overheard telling McGovern, "Maybe we should
have picked a location in a real city."
McGovern reportedly replied, "Shut up, Walter."
John Kerry's campaign, struggling for better polls, reportedly
tried contacting former candidate Adlai Stevenson, but was told
he had been dead since 1965.
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