Conference Call with Democracy For America Members
November 3, 2004
On Wednesday evening, Governor Dean held two conference calls with Meetups around the country. The following is an edited transcript of the 8:00 pm call.
John Lynch and Brian Schweitzer both became governors in New Hampshire and Montana respectively. Lori Saldaña won her seat in San Diego. And Peter Buckley and Tom Potter both won in Oregon.
These are real victories that happened because of the work that we did. We will start from where we began and keep fighting. We can lick our wounds until Friday.
Democracy for America groups around the country did their jobs this election. Even the candidates who lost had great races, like Samara Barend in New York and Richard Morrison coming within 10 points of Tom DeLay. We'll grieve, lick our wounds then come back fighting for what we believe in.
Thank you all, it's been a long, tough two years. We are all fighting for a better country and we need to take a look at why we didn't do better. We got out the vote and had excellent turnout. They just did better. But we never want to stoop to their level.
While this was a tough night for the Democratic Party at the national level, signs are good at the local level. We need your help to keep up this momentumwe don't want to lose it again. Invite your friends and family to join Democracy for America. In the next few months, we'll be building a new foundation. I want to again, thank you very much. I am mad, but not discouraged. One day, sooner rather than later, we'll take our country back.
QUESTION & ANSWER
Democracy for NYC: We have 75 people here tonight! How do we take control of the DNC?
Democracy for New Hampshire: Hello, Governor Dean. We were successful in 6 out of the 13 races that we endorsed. Going forward, do you want us to work from within the party or remain on the outside during the next 6-12 months?
Democracy for Texas (Austin): In Austin, we have registered almost 80,000 new voters, increased the democratic margin by 12 percentage points over 2000, picked up one house seat, one constable seat and one judgeship. If we can mobilize the grassroots, then DFA groups can do this all over the country. But as long as we write off races in the red states, we'll never change their outcome. How can we get nominees to take winning red states seriously?
Democracy for Iowa: We're here to continue to help, we appreciate what DFA has done for candidates in Iowa. Our idea is to have an anti-inauguration event on Thursday, January 20tha large activist event and we hope others consider doing this.
Portland, Maine Meetup: We have over 30 enthusiastic folks here tonight. We did great work yesterday, and retained our majority in the House and Senate, won tough races and kept all 4 electoral votes. We went from battleground to true blue, Bush worked hard to earn that vote and we didn't let him have it. It is our goal to keep DFA networks alive and help our folks find their niche.
Portland, Maine Meetup: What do you plan for yourself, going forward?
Portland, Maine Meetup: Can we organize around blocking Supreme Court nominations with our national network?
New Hampshire Meetup: Tell us about your anticipated travel schedule over the next 3 months. Are you still traveling?
Democracy for NYC: Some say we lost this election on values. How we can change that?
HD: Thank you all very much, I really appreciate it. This has been a tough two years. Get a little rest and go out and keep trying!
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