Dean’s agenda

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Howard Dean said the Demo­crat­icPar­tyneed­stolook­be­yond­get­ting ho­mo­sex­u­als and mi­nori­ties a place at the ta­ble and in­stead work to­ward get­ting them on the bal­lot.

“We’ve got to share power, not just re­spon­si­bil­ity, from now on,” Mr. Dean told about 200 peo­ple in Hous­ton on Nov. 18 at the In­ter­na­tional Gay & Les­bian Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence, an an­nual gath­er­ing of ho­mo­sex­ual pub­lic of­fi­cials.

Mr. Dean, the chair­man of the Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee, said lit­tle about is­sues such as same-sex “mar­riage” or dis­crim­i­na­tion laws, and in­stead ad­dressed broader Demo­cratic agen­das, such as rais­ing the min­i­mum wage.

Flush from big Demo­cratic gains in the Nov. 7 elec­tions, Mr. Dean em­pha­sized that the “new Demo­cratic Party” reaches out to all cit­i­zens, even those less likely to vote for them. The down­fall of the “old Demo­cratic Party,” he said, had been its ac­cep­tance to rep­re­sent half the na­tion.

“We’ve got to take the at­ti­tude: Ev­ery­one’sour­boss,”Mr.Dean­said.

He then out­lined the is­sues he thinks the party should fo­cus on now that Democrats con­trol Congress, in­clud­ing in­creas­ing col­lege fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and pass­ing an en­ergy in­de­pen­dence bill, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

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