Sunday, June 19, 2005

Dean: Texas GOP made 'pretty big mess'

"Democrats can win in Texas, despite the 10-year-long Republican stronghold on state government - that's the message Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean brought to Texans during his two-day tour of the state, which made a stop at a private fundraiser in Corpus Christi on Saturday. "We're not going to give up on any state," Dean said."There's been a Republican government in Texas for a decade and they've made a pretty big mess."
Dean's stop in Corpus Christi is the first of any acting Democratic National Committee chairman, said Josh Earnest, DNC regional media director. The former Vermont governor cited both education and healthcare as two primary areas where state government has failed Texans.

"Education has been hurt more than anything," Dean said. "And education is opportunity, it's how you move up in society." On a national level, Dean said Republicans' biggest failure has been the budget deficit. "Republicans can't manage money," Dean said. "Democrats would balance the budget and invest in health care and education. Reaching out to Hispanic voters, many of whom in recent years switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, is also one of the DNC's top priorities, Dean said. "We want to make sure Hispanics understand that Democrats have the moral values that will support families," Dean said. Local attorney Vance Owen hosted the fundraiser at his Ocean Drive home and said Dean's visit is both a memorable and proud moment for the lifelong Democrat.
"We need some hellfire and brimstone to jumpstart the Democratic Party," Owen said. "I can't think of a better spark plug than Howard Dean."-from the story today in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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