A message from Governor Howard Dean:

January 15, 2004

This Monday, the people of Iowa have the power to tell the political establishment and the special interests that we have come to reclaim our government. Over the last few weeks, the Washington insiders have come at us with everything they have.

But this campaign no longer is mine; it belongs to the people who are building it. It's not simply about the war or stopping the President's reckless tax cuts. It's not even about health care, jobs and education as I hoped it would be.

It's about power. It's about who owns our government. It's about who runs our government.

Our campaign does not just talk about change. It is energizing the American people so that together we can take action. For the first time in a generation, we have the power to break the stranglehold of special interests on our government and on our politics.

We, a campaign of the people, have the power to take our country back, to make sure the people run the government. You have the power to revitalize our democracy and restore the United States to a place of respect in the world.

I ask you to stand up and stand together with me. To stand up to the special interests and the political establishment. To stand up for our democracy. No one is going to do it for you-you have to do it, you have to stand up for change.

Lincoln said that “a government of, by and for the people shall not perish from this earth”-that responsibility is now in your hands.


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