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CONCORD MONITOR NOTES DEAN'S CLAIM
On Saturday, Dec. 27, the Concord Monitor in Concord, NH, noted: "Dean recently mailed brochures to homes in New Hampshire with a headline stating that Dean is the only candidate who 'opposed the war from the start.'"
It's hard to believe that Dean supporters would stand for this kind of misrepresentation. We won't stand for it.
The La Times and the other Democratic Candidates didn't stand for it either:
Dean's Conflicting Iraq Comments Draw Scrutiny
Finally, how can Dean legitimately bash Bush for his Niger Uranium claims if he keeps putting out misrepresentations about his own positions-- realtive to other candidates-- into his own speeches and commercials after being told they're not true?
FYI: Here is an image taken from the brochure, which the Dean campaign has mailed to people in New Hampshire and other states:
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- Contact all of your friends who are Dean supporters.
- Contact the media and ask them why they are not asking Dean about his misrepresentation. Remember to be polite and keep to the point. Make each communication unique. No form letters.
Here are Email addresses for letters to the editor
Here are phone numbers for talk shows
Here are a few key places to contact:
New York Times News Desk
phone 212-556-7356, fax 212-556-7614,
Los Angeles Times News Desk
phone 213-237-7001, fax: 213-237-4712.
Washington Post Political Desk
phone 202-334-7410, fax 202-334-3883.
USA Today News Desk
phone 703-854-7121, fax 703-854-2078.
WHAT THE FACTS ARE:
As you all know so well, Dennis Kucinich led the effort against the war in the House of Representatives, is the only candidate who voted against the war, is the only candidate who consistently opposed the war from the beginning and continues to oppose it now, and is the only candidate with an exit strategy. His "Prayer for America" speech against the buildup to war in February 2002 catalyzed this campaign. Rev. Al Sharpton and Ambassador Carol Mosley-Braun also opposed the war.
The war is not over. Soldiers are dying every day. And Dean would like to continue the military occupation of Iraq for "a few years," as he said in the debate on December 9th. Dennis is campaigning on his record of opposition to the war and his plan to end it in 90 days.
Dean's flyer and mass mailing effectively calls Dennis a liar. People have begun asking Dennis whether he really opposed the war. Dean knows the truth. After we complained in October about his similar misrepresentations in TV ads in New Hampshire, he acknowledged Dennis' leadership against the war at an AFL-CIO forum and stopped running the ads. He later acknowledged Dennis' courage on this issue during a national debate. And yet he continues to use a flyer that says "Only Dean Opposed the War from the Start."
If Dr. Dean chooses to gloss over the inconsistencies of the positions he took during the first stage of this war, that's his business. But when he denies Dennis's record, that becomes our business, and
it ought to be the business of the media. Dean is misrepresenting a material fact, and doing so despite his demonstrated knowledge of the truth. It is the media's responsibility to find out why he is doing this. The public has a right to know.
WHAT DEAN WANTED THE UN TO DO TO IRAQ:
AUDIENCE MEMBER: My name is Peter Smith. I'm co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations. In that light, my question is, what changes would you make in our current US policies in general, in relation to the United Nations?
HOWARD DEAN: Let me be blunt about this, as I usually am. I don't approve of the President going to war in Iraq without the United Nations. But the United Nations is not blameless in this. The United Nations really had not enforced the previous resolutions in terms of disarming Iraq. And the United Nations does have a mandate to use military force in Iraq, as the United Nations, because Iraq is a threat to countries in its own region, because it likely possesses horrible weapons, including not nuclear weapons, so it's not a threat to the United States, but chemical weapons, which makes it a threat to all the countries around it, including some which they've used them on. So the way I would now try to reconstitute our relationship with the United Nations is simply to begin the dialogue, and say, "Look, we're interested in being part of the United Nations again, but it's very important to us that when we make a resolution that we enforce that resolution, and that we learn from this very difficult experience that we've had in Iraq that there are two parties here." The United States must really become a member of the world community. But the United Nations really does have to be serious about enforcement.
Here is information on who opposed the war when:
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