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A letter to Barack Obama

By Jack Hoffman

Dear Mr. Obama:

Not long after the 2004 presidential election, I met a woman who claimed she was an independent voter who voted for George W. Bush. I asked her the reason why, and was there a Democrat she would have voted for? Her response was simple: Howard Dean because he stood for something.

That message has been seared in my memory ever since. And when you addressed the message of change and rallied the young voters in Iowa and around the nation to a cause I felt at long last the Democrats had themselves a candidate who could win.

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