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Edwards camp reminds of '04

From NBC/NJ's Tricia Miller
In an effort to remind journalists of what they were reporting four years ago, Edwards' campaign yesterday released a list of quotes from national and local press in 2004 praising the stature of Howard Dean's organization and fundraising prowess while downplaying eventual nominee, John Kerry, in his come-from-behind win in Iowa.

The implications are obvious. In what was almost a rite of passage for reporters covering the Edwards campaign, over the months leading up to the caucus one after another has asked the former North Carolina senator about his place in the Iowa polls, always just a step behind his two rivals but usually within the margin of error.

He consistently reminded them of what he called Howard Dean's inevitable status in the last months of 2003. As Dean's lead crumbled, Kerry -- and Edwards -- took off.

In the New Year's Eve release, the campaign quotes from a variety of mostly local newspapers addressing "early primary state organization" and "early state TV ads."

The first came from Canada's National Post on Jan. 29, 2004: "Even after the bad publicity surrounding the now-infamous 'scream' speech in Iowa, Mr. Dean raised more money than any other Democratic candidate in the past week. He still has a larger national campaign organization and offices in more states than any of his rivals, including Mr. Kerry."

An answering quote comes from the Concord Monitor's Jan. 23, 2004, edition: "U.S. Sen. John Kerry may be riding high in New Hampshire, but if he stumbles here, he could have trouble in the next round of primaries. Kerry has little ground organization in five of the seven states that vote on Feb. 3, according to spokesmen for their state Democratic parties."

See the full text of the release below:
While Senators Clinton and Obama pursue an endless money chase, we thought this comparison might be helpful.

DEAN
KERRY
Early Primary State Organization

"Even after the bad publicity surrounding the now-infamous 'scream' speech in Iowa, Mr. Dean raised more money than any other Democratic candidate in the past week. He still has a larger national campaign organization and offices in more states than any of his rivals, including Mr. Kerry." [National Post , 1/29/04]

"[Dean Campaign Advisor Tim] Kraft said Dean's campaign machine is running nationwide, with steering committees in 50 states and staff in 25 states. [Albuquerque Journal, 1/20/04]"

Headline: After Tuesday, a big challenge for Kerry So far, his presence in Feb. 3 states is small

"U.S. Sen. John Kerry may be riding high in New Hampshire, but if he stumbles here, he could have trouble in the next round of primaries. Kerry has little ground organization in five of the seven states that vote on Feb. 3, according to spokesmen for their state Democratic parties." [Concord Monitor, 1/23/04]

"Even outside New Hampshire, where the Kerry campaign has a skeletal organization in the handful of primaries Feb. 3, things are going his way..." [Massachusetts Telegram and Gazette, 1/24/04]

"They also must look beyond New Hampshire to Feb. 3, when seven states hold contests from South Carolina to Arizona and as far north as Delaware. That next stage poses a problem for Kerry, who pulled staff out of the Feb. 3 states to save his sagging campaign in Iowa." [The Star-Ledger, 1/22/04]

Early State TV Ads
"Only Dean is currently positioned to withstand setbacks because he has the resources to go forward. He has organizations in every state with an early primary and has been running television advertisements in many of them." [Chicago Tribune, 1/20/04]

"[Kerry] also had money problems, which kept his ads off TV while Gen. Wesley Clark, Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, Dean and Lieberman spent millions of dollars in the seven [February 3rd] states...'The calendar moves so fast, and there's so many states coming,' Trippi said. 'We have more money than all those folks, but we don't have more than all of them combined.'" [The Star-Ledger, 1/22/04]