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27 July 2008

Howard Dean, Shirley Franklin Say Georgia Can Turn Blue

In the parking lot of what used to be the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign's state headquarters, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean brought his "Register for Change" bus tour to Atlanta where he was greeted by Mayor Shirley Franklin, state labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, Congressman Hank Johnson and supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama (D - Illinois).

Mayor Franklin, who is a co-chair of the Democratic National Convention next month, said she was really excited to play a key role in Denver and also seemed to dismiss the conflicting Georgia polls that say the Peach State is both out of reach and in range for Sen. Obama.

"The only day that matters is Election Day," Franklin said. "Gov. Dean promised a fifty state strategy and I am delighted to see an investment in Georgia."

While most attending Saturday's rally were backing Sen. Obama, a group of Hillary Clinton supporters staged a protest where they urged Gov. Dean to place the New York Senator's name in nomination and hold a honest roll call vote in Denver.

The group calling themselves People United Means Action or PUMA held signs that said "Dump Dean" and "We want Hillary elected not O-Blah-Blah selected."

"We are here to support democracy," Decatur resident Aparna Garimella said. We want to have a fair, open election. Put Hillary's name is nomination and have a fair roll call vote."

Entering to the Kool and the Gang hit song "Celebration," DNC Chairman Howard Dean asked the crowd gathered, "Who would have thought Georgia would be one the states we need to win?"

Dean then offered an apology of sorts to southern voters saying that the biggest mistake the Democratic Party made was not to come south and ask for votes.

"Georgia is a conservative state and the Republicans are about as un-conservative as you can get. You can't trust Republicans with your money," Dean said.

The Democrats' national chairman also said presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain represents four more years of George W. Bush.

"We need jobs in rural America," Dean said. We don't need four more years of George W. Bush."

After his speech, Gov. Dean said the Democratic Party intended to reach out to rural Georgia voters, evangelical Christians and folks who want to see a change. Dean also said that people in Georgia are excited to have a real campaign for the first time in fifteen years.