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Dean says more
gays and minorities should run for office

Dean says more
gays and minorities should run for office

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Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, said the group needs to look beyond the goal of getting gays and minorities a place at the table and instead work toward getting them on the ballot.

Howard Dean, head of the Democratic Party, said the group needs to look beyond the goal of getting gays and minorities a place at the table and instead work toward getting them on the ballot.

''We've got to share power, not just responsibility, from now on,'' Dean told about 200 people Saturday in Houston at the International Gay and Lesbian Leadership Conference, an annual gathering of gay public officials.

Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said little about issues such as same-sex marriage or civil rights and instead addressed broader Democratic agendas such as raising the minimum wage.

Flush from big Democratic gains in the midterm election, Dean emphasized that the ''new Democratic Party'' reaches out to all citizens, even those less likely to vote for them.

The downfall of the ''old Democratic Party,'' he said, had been its acceptance of representing half the nation.

''We've got to take the attitude 'Everyone's our boss,''' Dean said.

He then outlined the issues he believes the party should focus on now that Democrats control Congress, including increasing college financial assistance and passing an energy independence bill. (AP)

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