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  Howard Dean may inspire new generation of Reagan Democrats
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Last EditedEddie  Sep 04, 2003 06:52pm
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News DateSunday, August 31, 2003 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhat's giving the bosses of Big Labor bellyaches as the nation heads into another presidential race? The prospect that Howard Dean might end up carrying the Democrats' water next fall.

So some labor leaders are agitating for unification behind a single Democratic candidate to counter the Dean surge. The Teamsters have already endorsed Dick Gephardt, the Missouri congressman who has the best defense credentials of any of the Democrats except Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Labor thinks it has a shot at Bush, even if national defense remains a top shelf issue, if the Democrats field a candidate able to articulate the concern over a declining manufacturing base and the loss of union jobs.

Privately, some union officials hint they may effectively sit out the general election if Dean wins the nomination.

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