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  Dean Urges Wisconsin to Help Him Win
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Last EditedEddie  Feb 09, 2004 06:13pm
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News DateMonday, February 9, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionDismissing polls and endorsements that favor his Democratic opponents, Howard Dean on Monday asked Wisconsin voters to support his faltering campaign and not "rubber stamp the choice of others" in their state primary next week.

"The media claims this contest is over," the former Vermont governor told about 300 people as he launched a two-day tour and started running TV ads for the Feb. 17 primary. "But you don't have to listen to them. Wisconsin, you have the power to choose the strongest candidate to beat George W. Bush."

Dean told local television reporters that he intends to stay in the presidential race regardless of the outcome in Wisconsin. He said last week that he'd be out of the race if he lost here, but had distanced himself from that statement in recent days. Still, he has focused on the state in what is widely seen as a last stand for his campaign.

"I've just changed my mind," Dean said in the interview. He said supporters had persuaded him, during the past week, to stay in the race, and that he is campaigning to win Wisconsin.

Without naming any of his presidential opponents, Dean repeatedly tied Washington Democrats to the policies of the Bush administration, which he criticized. Two of his rivals, Kerry and John Edwards, are U.S. senators.

"Who will stand up for fairness and common sense?" he asked. "A person who stood up when it was right or a person who stood up when it was popular?"
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