NDN 2006 Annual Meeting
"What Comes Next: A New Politics for America," June 22-23, 2006            Main
June 23, 2006-In his speech to the NDN 2006 Annual Meeting Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA) said Democrats should listen to ordinary people to shape their message.  He cited as examples a Maytag worker who despite the loss of his job is looking forward to being able to start his own business and a single mom who is thankful for a children's health insurance program.   He also repeated his oft-told account of his call to Mrs. Smith, the wife of Chief Warrant Officer Bruce Smith, a member of the Iowa National Guard from West Liberty, Iowa, who was killed while piloting a helicopter in Iraq on Nov. 2, 2003.  Eighteen on board survived.  Vilsack made the difficult call and was inspired by her strength.  "By listening to folks like Mrs. Smith, we can craft a message, a compelling message," Vilsack said.  (more
Former Gov. Mark Warner
Sen. Joe Biden
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
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