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Presidential candidate and Sen. Evan Bayh (D) tells a USA Today editorial board that people don't know what the Democratic party stands for.  "Bayh said Democrats must focus on middle-class concerns, including affordability of health care and college, as well as pension and job security.  But they also have to prove Democrats can be trusted with national security and should implement all the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.  He singled out reducing the nation's dependence on imported oil as an area where Democrats could immediately prove their willingness to work with Republicans." 

Aides to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) tell First Read that Richardson will announce his future plans in January.

The AP reports that retiring Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D), who filed the necessary paperwork with the FEC yesterday, "plans a 'Gala Celebration of American Community' on December 2 in Des Moines as his initial fundraising event." 

The Des Moines Register: "National party insiders said that his candidacy, like the candidate, was viewed as serious and that its biggest obstacle was becoming better known among a field of prospects that includes superstar names such as Clinton and Obama." 

Hoping to win the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver thinks its prospects for beating out New York improved on Tuesday when the state handed the party some big wins.