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  Democratic losers have lessons to offer
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Last EditedArmyDem  Mar 13, 2004 02:49pm
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MediaNewspaper - Boston Globe
News DateSaturday, March 13, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy Nancy Benac, Associated Press Writer, 3/13/2004

WASHINGTON -- One by one, John Kerry's former rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination fell by the wayside, their campaigns consigned to history.

As the Bush vs. Kerry matchup begins in earnest, however, lessons remain to be learned from the likes of John Edwards, Howard Dean and Wesley Clark.

Dean, for one, showed both parties how to harness the power of the Internet. Edwards, Kerry's last major rival to fall, demonstrated that nice guys don't have to finish last, that "likeability matters," in the words of Democratic consultant Paul Begala. Clark, the retired general showed Democrats how to challenge President Bush on national security.

"There are great lessons for both sides out of the primary process," said Rich Bond, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee.
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