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Meet The Press: Dean On Healing The Party

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean appeared on Meet The Press to address the issues of party unity and whether we will go to the con

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean appeared on Meet The Press to address the issues of party unity and whether we will go to the convention without a nominee decided. Dean has been vocal that he wants the issue resolved by June before, but as the thread yesterday over a possible way to resolve seating Michigan's delegates proves, it's a highly fractious issue that will leave many Democrats upset, no matter how it's handled. Therefore, Dean charges that the key to healing the party will be the actions of the person who does not get the nomination, not him.

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Russert: When you look at all that, how and when is this nomination fight going to end?

Dean: Well, I’m hoping it will be over by the end of the month of June. We’ve made great progress in the last few weeks in that I think about 50-60 unpledged delegates have said who they’re going to be for. And it would be a lot of fun for you if we had a divided convention with 104 ballots and break the record. But the truth is we need to figure this out before the convention. We need time to heal. And actually, I’m not the most important person in terms of bringing the party together. The most important person is the person who doesn’t win the nomination. Because I can remember when I lost to John Kerry, I had to go out and convince my supporters, it took me about 3 months, that they needed to support Sen. Kerry. I endorsed him, I campaigned for him, I went to all the college campuses and that’s what the person who doesn’t win this with 49% of the delegate is going to have to do keep the party together.

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