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DNC Winter Meeting, Washington, DC, Feb. 1-3, 2007
Former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel delivered an energetic speech that was, however, the longest of any candidate to address the meeting.  In his prepared remarks he stated, "We must bring our troops home now––not 6 months from now, not a year from now––NOW!"  "One more American death for 'our vital interest' is not worth it," Gravel said,  "We all know 'vital interest' is code for 'oil.'"  In the latter part of his speech, Gravel focused on the proposal for a National Initiative, which is at the center of his campaign.  "The National Initiative will provide a mechanism for us to finally have a government not just 'of' and 'for' the People, but, for the first time in our history, a government 'by' the People," Gravel stated in his prepared remarks.  "The National Initiative would provide an opportunity for the Democratic Party to reclaim its role in American history, with an advancement in human governance on a par with the nascent Republican Party’s role in ending slavery on American soil," he said. 
Gravel's sister Marie Lombardi, New Hampshire activist Doris "Granny D" Haddock, and wife Whitney listen to the speech.

Copyright © 2007 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action