Patriot-News: Howard Dean in Harrisburg

Photo from Dean's Declaration of Candidacy speech Burlington, VT 23-June-2003. (Courtesy: Wikimedia)

This for the Harrisburg Patriot-News, in today’s edition.

Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, spelled out the Keystone State’s importance for Barack Obama during a stop in Harrisburg on Friday.

“We must win Pennsylvania,” Dean said at SciTech High. “Pennsylvania is very important to us. … Only you can win it.”

Dean spoke before about 200 supporters, who broke out in chants for Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Dean’s comments about Pennsylvania’s importance for Obama aren’t an exaggeration, said Christopher Borick, a political science professor at Muhlenberg College.

“As much as party chairs are noted for their hyperbole, this time Howard Dean is absolutely accurate,” Borick said.

“Obama is successfully opening doors in states like Colorado, Nevada and, to a lesser extent, New Mexico,” Borick said. “But all that would be washed away if he is not able to win Pennsylvania.” More.

This clip featured in today’s Patriot-News. I filed a Web brief right after the event. Photo from Wikimedia.