New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Page 8A — Herald-ZErruNG — Sunday,December 14, 2003Dems demean Dean as he takes clear lead
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By Nedra Pickier
Associated Press Writer
DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic presidential front -runner Howard Dean is gelating the kitchen sink thrown at him, with rivals attacking his record, his temperament and anything else that might knock him from his perch atop the field.
IWo candidates, Rep. Dick Gephardt and Sen. John Kerry, accused Dean of catering to corporate interests while governor ofVennont. A third, Sen. John Edwards, suggested that the front-runner is waging a negative, divisive campaign doomed to fail against President Bush. Another rival, Sen. Joe Lieberman, plans to criti-‘cize Dean’s economic record and policies in a speech next week.
The fresh round of attacks follow former Vice President Al Gore’s announcement Tuesday that he is backing Dean — an endorsement that made Dean the undisputed Democrat to beat.
Dean was getting another crucial backer with the endorsement of the chairman F/jpf the Congressional Black I ’^Caucus, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, in Atlanta on Saturday, campaign aides said.
“It s tough at the top,” said “ ^Democratic strategist Donna
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Five Democratic candidates — Wesley Clark, Sen. John Edwards, Rep. Richard Gephardt, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Joe Lieberman — believe they can overtake front-running presidential candidate Howard Dean of Vermont.
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Brazile, who ran Gore’s White I louse campaign in 2000. “He better get his Teflon suit on.” Dean spent Friday campaigning in Iowa, telling audiences that Bush has aided corporate interests while ordi-
nary Americans suffer.
“He spent $3 trillion of our money, giving it to his friends like Kenny-boy Lay and the folks that ran Enron in terms of the huge tax cuts that they got,” Dean said. He was refer
ring to former Enron chief Ken Lay, a friend and supporter of Bush.
At the same time, Dean faced questions about corporate tax breaks enacted during his 11 years as Vermont governor.
Enron set up a special insurance subsidiary in the state on Dec. 12,1994, a year after the Dean-supported tax break to the industry went into effect, Len Crouse, Vermont’s deputy commissioner of captive insurance, said Friday.
The Boston Globe first detailed the tax breaks in a story Friday.
Accusing Dean of “gross hypocrisy,” Gephardt told reporters, “While he was attacking President Bush’s special treatment of Enron, he’s been hiding the fact that he turned Vermont into a tax shelter for that very same corporate criminal.”
Later, Sen. Kerry issued a statement, saying: “Howard Dean tried to slash seniors’ drug benefits while creating Cayman Island-style style tax havens for corporations already in Vermont.”
Two days ago, Kerry accused Dean of flip-flopping on his signature issue: opposition to the war in Iraq. The criticism forced Dean to concede that he supported a failed resolution that would
have allowed Bush to wage war without approval of Congress.
Dean bristled at the criticism, saying the law enticed insurance business to Vermont that would have otherwise gone overseas. The state’s Republican governors also have pushed for it as a means to attract businesses.
Enron’s corporate wrongdoing had nothing to do with the Vermont law, Dean noted. Suggesting otherwise is “like saying a bank is in bad shape because they had an account with Enron,” he said.
But when he criticizes Bush’s links to Lay, Dean never mentions that Enron’s mismanagement was not the result bf the president’s tax-cut package.
Asked to explain the difference between the Bush administration giving tax breaks to Enron and what he did in Vermont, the former
governor interrupted and tersely replied, “Excuse me, we did not provide tax breaks for Enron. Don’t do the work of the other campaigns for them.”
Edwards did not mention Dean by name when picking apart his rival’s perceived political advantages: his appeal to liberal voters and landmark use of the Internet.
“We hear a lot about which candidate can engage the most partisans in December of2003, and that’s important. But what’s more important is which candidate will help the most Americans, because that’s what matters in November 2004,” Edwards told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.
AP Political Writer Ron Fournier in Washington and Wilson Ring in Montpelier, Vt., contributed to this report.
Scholars say 1800 vision for D.C. was different place
WASI ANGTON (AP)—On Dec. 12,1800, the federal government officially moved the District of Columbia. And 203 years ter, historians say the congressionally ^teated seat of government would be a far different place if politicians had remained true to the vision of the founding fathers.
Had the nation’s capital remained IOO square miles — and included what are today the city of Alexandria and Arlington County, Va.—it might have nearly 900.000 idents and be a commercial trading r-iwriter rivaling New York or Philadelphia. ‘A wide swath of what is now northern
Virginia was actually part of the district,” noted Robert Bernstein, a Census Bureau spokesman. “In 1800 it was just a small area of 14,000 people and a lot of it was j^iral.”
President George Washington personally took part in the positioning of the south cornerstone for the “seat of government at Jones Point” in 1791. The stone, eight miles north of his Mount Vernon estate, was the first marker placed as surveyors plotted a federal site, measuring IO miles on each side, as authorized by the first Congress earlier that year.
Several other stone blocks along Virginia Route 7 also are among the surviving markers. Others exist at the boundary of the district and Maryland.
“We have a piece of pottery here that’s marked with the maker’s mark that says Alexandria, D.C., which strikes people as odd," said Jim Mackay, director of the Lyceum, Alexandria’s history museum.
Until 1847, what was then known as Alexandria County was one of three major jurisdictions in the District of Columbia. The others were Georgetown and what was originally called Washington County.
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