The fourth and final audition of candidates running for chairman of the Democratic National Committee was held this weekend at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. To a man, they all promised to pursue a 50-state strategy to grow the party and win elections. Here's some of what they had to say.
Martin Frost on Democratic base voters:
We need to dance with the ones that brung us.
Wellington Webb on Social Security privatization:
President Bush is neither compassionate nor conservative as he tries to privatize Social Security and dances on the grave of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Howard Dean on the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party:
We cannot be Republican-lite if you want to win elections. We can talk about our faith, but we can't change our beliefs.
Simon Rosenberg on having enough:
I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. We can do better as a party. We can do better as Democrats.
Donnie Fowler on DC political consultants:
The aristocracy of consultants in Washington, DC doesn't get it anymore. I'm tired of losing elections because the same people lose elections year after year.
Tim Roemer on winning elections:
Winston Churchill said you don't win wars by evacuations. But, folks, we have evacuated much of the country. We have to make the map bluer.
David Leland on what it means to be a Democrat:
America is the land we love today because of the Democratic Party.