first_img“What \ want to know is what you think about the stuff that worries them, that’s confusing them, and that gets them passionate,” Dean added. “The Bush people rely on us to be chicken to talk about the tough issues.” Another prescription for victory Dean suggested was to become a more sensitive and inclusive party, reaching out to groups often ignored by Democratic vote-seekers, such as evangelical Christians. He contrasted this approach with the “divisive” tactics of Republicans. “Bush and Rove find out what makes people angry, Dean said. “And then they go pick on those things and divide us.” “We ought to be in the business of bringing people together,” he said. “They’re in the business of driving people apart, and it makes people uncomfortable.” Dean said Democrats have a lot of work ahead of them in order to take back the White House and maintain control of Congress, and he urged people to begin now. “The election of 2008 is going to be won in 2007,” he said. “It’s who gets prepared early, and we need to do that.” “The fact is, we didn’t win the last election, George Bush lost it,” warned Dean. “We only got hired because they wanted to get rid of the other guy. We’re here on probation.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A more proactive and fearless strategy is what’s needed to propel Democrats to victory in 2008, Democratic National Committee Chairman and former presidential candidate Howard Dean told local Democratic party members at an intimate meeting Saturday. Dean spoke to a group of about 60 Democrats at the El Rodeo Nightclub and Restaurant, including Montebello Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid, city council members from local communities, and representatives from groups such as the Whittier Peace and Justice Coalition, the Monterey Park Democratic Society, the Mark Twain Democratic Club and Democracy for America. Dean encouraged fellow Democrats to take a more aggressive role when campaigning. “The problem with the Democrats is that we run away from controversial issues,” he said, “and that turned out to be a big mistake.” last_img

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