Kerry and Dean Offer Similar Agendas For Democrats
Lately we’ve seen a number of statements from Democrats to summarize their message going into the 2006 elections. Recently, on Meet the Press, John Kerry, called summed up the message as “Tell the truth. Fire the incompetents. Get out of Iraq. Have health care for all Americans.” Kerry also provided a more comprehensive set of goals in his ten point plan.
CQ Politics reports that Howard Dean provided a similar agenda for Democratic candidates this year:
Dean has proposed that Democratic candidates across the country emphasize six major points: honesty and openness in government operations; a strong national defense; promoting American jobs through energy independence; building a health care system that “works for everybody;” strengthening public education; and promoting retirement security.
The Christian Science Monitor adds that “The biggest issues of the election are character issues…. They are going to go to the president’s and the Republicans’ trustworthiness and honesty and their competence. And they are going to lose big on both those issues. After that we get to Iraq, we get to the economy, we get to healthcare.” They also quote Dean as saying, “One of our slogans is probably going to end up being ‘tough and smart.’ Because what the Republicans have done is tough and not very smart.”