Saturday, February 26, 2005

More From Kansas: ''Dean roars into town''

The Lawrence Journal-World has this not-so-clever lead to its story: "There were plenty of screams Friday afternoon at Liberty Hall, but none of them came from Howard Dean." But the article does go on to provide some of the message Dean came to deliver: "Democrats, he said, must reframe the values debate, claiming the high ground on Social Security, health care and protecting American security. "Those are Kansas values," he said. On abortion specifically, he said, the party must commit to making abortions "safe, legal and rare" while maintaining women's rights to choose. "The issue is not abortion," Dean told the closed-door fund-raiser. "The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do." And Dean told the Hiebert fund-raiser that gay marriage was a Republican diversion from discussions of ballooning deficits and lost American jobs. That presents an opportunity to attract moderate Republicans, he said. "Moderate Republicans can't stand these people (conservatives), because they're intolerant. They don't think tolerance is a virtue," Dean said, adding: "I'm not going to have these right-wingers throw away our right to be tolerant." The article also has a bunch of photos of local residents who give their reactions to Dean and his visit in short audio clips. There is also a link to a local tv story on the visit.

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