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Remarks by President Clinton at the DLC's Hyde Park Retreat



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DLC | Key Document | August 1, 2000
The Hyde Park Declaration: A Statement of Principles and a Policy Agenda for the 21st Century

Publisher's Note: Last May, at the invitation of the Democratic Leadership Council, elected officials from across the country met at Franklin D. Roosevelt's estate in Hyde Park, N.Y. Their goal was to begin drafting a statement of New Democrat principles and a broad national policy agenda for the next decade. This manifesto, The Hyde Park Declaration, is the result of their work.

The Hyde Park Declaration has a historic antecedent. At their 1990 annual meeting, held in New Orleans, DLC members -- chaired by then-Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas -- issued The New Orleans Declaration. That statement of principles became the guiding philosophy of Clinton's 1992 run for the presidency and later that of his presidential administration. The New Orleans Declaration's call for a citizen-government relationship based on the values of opportunity, responsibility, and community subsequently became the main organizing principle of Third Way political movements in Britain and around the world.

"Because of the work done in New Orleans and the fact that the American people gave us a chance two years later to test it, we have proven that ideas matter, and that for the decade of the '90s our ideas were the right ones," President Clinton told the Hyde Park gathering. "They have put the Democratic Party at the vital center of American life."

"Now, I think we have a rare opportunity to identify and move on the big, long-term challenges the country faces in the new century," he continued. "[You have] both the opportunity and the responsibility to put forth a declaration here which will guide our party and should guide our nation for the next 10 years. ... I've done everything I could to turn the ship of state around. Now you've got to make sure that it keeps sailing in the right direction."

A partial list of signatories of The Hyde Park Declaration appears at the end of the document. The full list will be available at a later date.

To order additional copies of The Hyde Park Declaration, call the DLC at 1-800-546-0027.

Al From
President
Democratic Leadership Council


A New Politics for a New America

At the beginning of a new century and new millennium we see a nation in the midst of a great transformation.

As modernizers of the American progressive political tradition, we call for a new politics for the next decade to reflect new realities.

These new realities include:

  • An information-, technology-driven, and ever more global New Economy that is changing the way Americans work, live, and communicate with each other.

  • A population that is rapidly becoming more diverse, more affluent, more educated, more suburban, more "wired," less political, and more centrist.

  • The emergence of a new social structure, in which the "learning class" of well-educated and skilled citizens prospers while those without education and skills are at risk of being left behind.

  • The aging of the population, creating new intergenerational tensions over resources for schools, retirement, and health care.

  • A generational change in attitudes as the New Deal/World War II generation gives way to the baby boom and GenX generations that are far more skeptical about politics and government, even as they crave a "higher politics" of moral purpose.

  • A rapidly changing global environment in which American values and interests are predominant, but in which we face a new series of international challenges based not on a monolithic threat from another superpower, but on regional instability, economic rivalries, ethnic conflicts, rogue states, and terrorism.

    Where We Stand

    In keeping with our party's grand tradition, we reaffirm Jefferson's belief in individual liberty and capacity for self-government. We endorse Jackson's credo of equal opportunity for all, special privileges for none. We embrace Roosevelt's thirst for innovation and Kennedy's summons to civic duty. And we intend to carry on Clinton's insistence upon new means to achieve progressive ideals.

    As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America's basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all.

    We believe in free enterprise to stimulate economic innovation and growth and in public activism to ensure that everyone can share in America's prosperity.

    We believe that government's proper role in the New Economy is to equip working Americans with new tools for economic success and security.

    We believe in expanding trade and investment because we must be a party of economic progress, not economic reaction.

    We believe that global markets demand global rules and institutions to ensure fair competition and to provide checks and balances on private power.

    We believe that fiscal discipline is fundamental to sustained economic growth as well as responsible government.

    We believe that a progressive tax system is the only fair way to pay for government.

    We believe the Democratic Party's mission is to expand opportunity, not government.

    We believe that education must be America's great equalizer, and we will not abandon our public schools or tolerate their failure.

    We believe that all Americans must have access to health insurance in a system that balances governmental and individual responsibility.

    We believe in preventing crime and punishing criminals and that America's criminal justice system should be rooted in and responsive to the communities it serves.

    We believe in a new social compact that requires and rewards work in exchange for public assistance and that ensures that no family with a full-time worker will live in poverty.

    We believe that public policies should reinforce marriage, promote family, demand parental responsibility, and discourage out-of-wedlock births.

    We believe in shifting the focus of America's anti-poverty and social insurance programs from transferring wealth to creating wealth.

    We believe in replacing top-down bureaucracy with more flexible public institutions that enable citizens and communities to solve their own problems.

    We believe government should harness the forces of choice and competition to achieve public goals.

    We believe in enhancing the role that civic entrepreneurs, voluntary groups, and religious institutions play in tackling America's social ills.

    We believe in strengthening environmental protection by giving communities the flexibility to tackle new challenges that cannot be solved with top-down mandates.

    We believe government must combat discrimination on the basis of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation; defend civil liberties; and stay out of our private lives.

    We believe that the common civic ideals Americans share transcend group differences and forge unity from diversity.

    We believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.

    We believe in progressive internationalism -- the bold exercise of U.S. leadership to foster peace, prosperity, and democracy.

    We believe that the United States must maintain a strong, technologically superior defense to protect our interests and values.

    Finally, we believe that American citizenship entails responsibilities as well as rights, and we mean to ask our citizens to give something back to their communities and their country.

    A New Agenda for the New Decade

    Based on the new realities of American life and on our enduring values as progressives, we present the following agenda for America's next decade.

    Making the New Economy Work for All Americans

    1. Expand the Economy While Expanding the "Winner's Circle"

    Our first economic priority must be to keep today's "long boom" alive through the formula that created it: fiscal discipline, open trade, support for innovation and entrepreneurship, and investment in the knowledge and skills of the work force.

    Fiscal discipline means not only balanced federal budgets, but action to reduce the national debt and to deal with the obligations associated with the retirement of the baby boom generation.

    Open trade is integral to growth because it creates new markets abroad for our goods and services, lowers consumer prices, and spurs innovation. At the same time, we must tap new markets in inner-city and rural neighborhoods at home.

    The key to lifting wages and living standards for all Americans is to boost productivity by investing heavily in technology and skills. As the economic rewards of education rise, we must continue to expand access to higher education. We should also stimulate the spread of new technologies and the Internet to every industry, every classroom, and every family. As e-commerce grows, citizens must be empowered to control the use of personal information they disclose online.

    As we expand our economy, we must expand the winner's circle of Americans equipped to benefit from the New Economy. This is the New Deal for economic security in the New Economy: lifelong learning for everyone, portable pensions and health insurance, and new opportunities for working families to save, build financial assets, and become homeowners.

    Goals for 2010

  • Boost investment in technology and lifelong learning.

  • Pay down the national debt.

  • Increase the percentage of Americans owning capital assets (including homes) from 50 percent to 75 percent.

  • Double the percentage of minority families owning homes.

  • Make access to the Internet as common as access to telephones.

  • Ensure that all students who make a "B" average or agree to serve their country can afford to go to college.

    2. Write New Rules for the Global Economy

    The rise of global markets has undermined the ability of national governments to control their own economies. The answer is neither global laissez faire nor protectionism but a Third Way: New international rules and institutions to ensure that globalization goes hand in hand with higher living standards, basic worker rights, and environmental protection.

    U.S. leadership is crucial in building a rules-based global trading system as well as international structures that enhance worker rights and the environment without killing trade. For example, instead of restricting trade, we should negotiate specific multilateral accords to deal with specific environmental threats.

    Goals for 2010

  • Conclude a new round of trade liberalization under the auspices of the World Trade Organization.

  • Open the WTO, the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund to wider participation and scrutiny.

  • Strengthen the International Labor Organization's power to enforce core labor rights, including the right of free association.

  • Launch a new series of multinational treaties to protect the world environment.

    3. Create World-Class Public Schools

    Now more than ever, quality public education is the key to equal opportunity and upward mobility in America. Yet our neediest children often attend the worst schools. While lifting the performance of all schools, we must place special emphasis on strengthening those institutions serving, and too often failing, low-income students.

    To close this achievement and opportunity gap, underperforming public schools need more resources, and above all, real accountability for results. Accountability means ending social promotion, measuring student performance with standards-based assessments, and testing teachers for subject-matter competency.

    As we demand accountability, we should ensure that every school has the resources needed to achieve higher standards, including safe and modern physical facilities, well-paid teachers and staff, and opportunities for remedial help after school and during summers. Parents, too, must accept greater responsibility for supporting their children's education.

    We need greater choice, competition, and accountability within the public school system, not a diversion of public funds to private schools that are unaccountable to taxpayers. With research increasingly showing the critical nature of learning in the early years, we should move toward universal access to pre-kindergarten education.

    Goals for 2010

  • Turn around every failing public school.

  • Make charter schools an option in every state and community.

  • Offer every parent a choice of public schools to which to send his or her child.

  • Make sure every classroom has well-qualified teachers who know the subjects they teach, and pay teachers more for performance.

  • Create a safe, clean, healthy, disciplined learning environment for every student.

  • Make pre-kindergarten education universally available.

    Creating a New Social Compact for The New Economy

    1. Help Working Families Lift Themselves from Poverty

    In the 1990s, Americans resolved to end welfare dependency and forge a new social compact on the basis of work and reciprocal responsibility. The results so far are encouraging: The welfare rolls have been cut by more than half since 1992 without the social calamities predicted by defenders of the old welfare entitlement. People are more likely than ever to leave welfare for work, and even those still on welfare are four times more likely to be working. But the job of welfare reform will not be done until we help all who can work to find and keep jobs -- including absent fathers who must be held responsible for supporting their children.

    In the next decade, progressives should embrace an even more ambitious social goal -- helping every working family lift itself from poverty. Our new social compact must reinforce work, responsibility, and family. By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, increasing the supply of affordable child care, reforming tax policies that hurt working families, making sure absent parents live up to their financial obligations, promoting access to home ownership and other wealth-building assets, and refocusing other social policies on the new goal of rewarding work, we can create a new progressive guarantee: No American family with a full-time worker will live in poverty.

    Goals for 2010

  • Finish the job of welfare reform by moving all recipients who can work into jobs.

  • Cut the poverty rate in half.

  • Double child support collections and require every father who owes child support to go to work to pay it off.

    2. Strengthen America's Families

    While the steady reduction in the number of two-parent families of the last 40 years has slowed, more than one-third of our children still live in one- or no-parent families. There is a high correlation between a childhood spent with inadequate parental support and an adulthood spent in poverty or in prison.

    To strengthen families, we must redouble efforts to reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies, make work pay, eliminate tax policies that inadvertently penalize marriage, and require absent fathers to pay child support while offering them new opportunities to find work. Because every child needs the attention of at least one caring and competent adult, we should create an "extended family" of adult volunteer mentors.

    Family breakdown is not the only challenge we face. As two-worker families have become the norm, harried parents have less time to spend on their most important job: raising their children. Moreover, parents and schools often find themselves contending with sex- and violence-saturated messages coming from an all-pervasive mass entertainment media.

    We should continue public efforts to give parents tools to balance work and family and shield their children from harmful outside influences. For example, we should encourage employers to adopt family-friendly policies and practices such as parental leave, flex-time, and telecommuting. Public officials should speak out about violence in our culture and should press the entertainment media to adopt self-policing codes aimed at protecting children.

    Goals for 2010

  • Cut the rate of out-of-wedlock births in half.

  • Recruit a million mentors for disadvantaged children without two parents.

  • Provide affordable after-school programs at every public school.

  • Make every workplace "family-friendly."

  • Promote policies that help parents shield their children from violence and sex in entertainment products.

    3. Promote Universal Access and Quality in Health Care

    That more than 40 million Americans lack health insurance is one of our society's most glaring inequities. Lack of insurance jeopardizes the health of disadvantaged Americans and also imposes high costs on everyone else when the uninsured lack preventive care and get treatment from emergency rooms. Washington provides a tax subsidy for insurance for Americans who get coverage from their employers but offers nothing to workers who don't have job-based coverage.

    Markets alone cannot assure universal access to health coverage. Government should enable all low-income families to buy health insurance. Individuals must take responsibility for insuring themselves and their families whether or not they qualify for public assistance.

    Finally, to help promote higher quality in health care for all Americans, we need reliable information on the quality of health care delivered by health plans and providers; a "patient's bill of rights" that ensures access to medically necessary care; and a system in which private health plans compete on the basis of quality as well as cost.

    Goals for 2010

  • Reduce the number of uninsured Americans by two-thirds through tax credits, purchasing pools, and other means.

  • Create a system of reliable "report cards" on the quality of care delivered by health plans and providers.

    4. Strengthen America's Common Civic Culture

    The more ethnically and culturally diverse America becomes, the harder we must all work to affirm our common civic culture -- the values and democratic institutions we share and that define our national identity as Americans. This means we should resist an "identity politics" that confers rights and entitlements on groups and instead affirm our common rights and responsibilities as citizens.

    Multiethnic democracy requires fighting discrimination against marginalized groups; empowering the disadvantaged to join the economic, political, and cultural mainstream; and respecting diversity while insisting that what we have in common as Americans is more important than how we differ.

    One way to encourage an ethic of citizenship and mutual obligation is to promote voluntary national service. If expanded to become available to everyone who wants to participate, national service can help turn the strong impulse toward volunteerism among our young people into a major resource in addressing our social problems. It will also help revive a sense of patriotism and national unity at a time when military service is no longer the common experience of young Americans.

    Goals for 2010

  • Reduce discrimination based on race, gender, national background, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

  • Shift the emphasis of affirmative action strategies from group preferences to economic empowerment of all disadvantaged citizens.

  • Expand the AmeriCorps national service program so that everyone willing to serve can serve -- with 1 million participants enrolled by the end of the decade.

  • Promote character education in all public schools.

    5. Balance America's Commitments to the Young and the Old

    An ever-growing share of the federal budget today consists of automatic transfers from working Americans to retirees. Moreover, the costs of the big entitlements for the elderly -- Social Security and Medicare -- are growing at rates that will eventually bankrupt them and that could leave little to pay for everything else government does. We can't just spend our way out of the problem; we must find a way to contain future costs. The federal government already spends seven times as much on the elderly as it does on children. To allow that ratio to grow even more imbalanced would be grossly unfair to today's workers and future generations.

    In addition, Social Security and Medicare need to be modernized to reflect conditions not envisioned when they were created in the 1930s and the 1960s. Social Security, for example, needs a stronger basic benefit to bolster its critical role in reducing poverty in old age. Medicare needs to offer retirees more choices and a modern benefit package that includes prescription drugs. Such changes, however, will only add to the cost of the programs unless they are accompanied by structural reforms that restrain their growth and limit their claim on the working families whose taxes support the programs.

    Goals for 2010

  • Honor our commitment to seniors by ensuring the future solvency of Social Security and Medicare.

  • Make structural reforms in Social Security and Medicare that slow their future cost growth, modernize benefits (including a prescription drug benefit for Medicare), and give beneficiaries more choice and control over their retirement and health security.

  • Create Retirement Savings Accounts to enable low-income Americans to save for their own retirement.

    Reinventing Government and Politics

    1. Performance-Based Government

    The strong anti-government sentiments of the early 1990s have subsided, but most Americans still think government is too bureaucratic, too centralized, and too inefficient.

    In Washington and around the country, a second round of "reinventing government" initiatives should be launched to transform public agencies into performance-based organizations focused on bottom-line results. Many public services can be delivered on a competitive basis among public and private entities with accountability for results. Public-private partnerships should become the rule, not the exception, in delivering services. Civic and voluntary groups, including faith-based organizations, should play a larger role in addressing America's social problems.

    When the federal government provides grants to states and localities to perform public services, it should give the broadest possible administrative flexibility while demanding and rewarding specific results. Government information and services at every level should be thoroughly "digitized," enabling citizens to conduct business with public agencies online.

    Goals for 2010

  • Require public agencies to measure results and publish information on performance.

  • Consolidate narrow federal-state grants into broad performance-based grants that offer greater flexibility in return for greater accountability for results.

  • Make it possible for citizens to conduct all business with government online.

  • Create a chief information officer to drive the digitization of the federal government.

    2. Return Politics to the People

    At a time when much of the world is emulating American values and institutions, too many Americans have lost confidence in their political system. They are turned off by a partisan debate that often seems to revolve not around opposing philosophies but around contending sets of interest groups. They believe that our current system for financing campaigns gives disproportionate power to wealthy individuals and groups and exerts too much influence over legislative and regulatory outcomes.

    The time for piecemeal reform is past. As campaign costs soar at every level, we need to move toward voluntary public financing of all general elections and press broadcasters to donate television time to candidates.

    The Internet holds tremendous potential for making campaigns less expensive and more edifying and for engaging Americans directly in electoral politics. We should promote the Internet as a new vehicle for political communication and champion online voting.

    Goals for 2010

  • Introduce voluntary public financing for all general elections.

  • Allow properly regulated voter registration and voting online.

  • Implement civic education courses in every public school.

    3. Modernize Environmental Policies

    National environmental policies, mostly developed in the 1970s, have been remarkably successful in improving the quality of our air and water. But we face a new set of environmental challenges for which the old strategy of centralized, command-and-control regulation is no longer effective.

    The old regime of prohibitions and fines levied on polluters is not well equipped to tackle problems such as climate change, contamination of water from such sources as farm and suburban runoff, loss of open lands, and sprawl. Without relaxing our determination to maintain and enforce mandatory national standards for environmental quality, it is time to create more effective, efficient, and flexible ways of achieving those standards.

    For example, a system of tradable emissions permits would give factories, power plants, and other sources of air pollution and greenhouse gases a powerful incentive not only to meet but to exceed environmental standards. Decisions about solving local environmental problems should be shifted from Washington to communities, without weakening national standards. Finally, to empower citizens and communities to make sound decisions, government should invest in improving the quality and availability of information about environmental conditions.

    Goals for 2010

  • Create a domestic emissions trading system to reduce greenhouse gases by 10 percent.

  • Promote innovative agreements for community and regional partnerships to achieve national environmental goals and standards through local strategies.

  • End government subsidies for sprawl.

    Promoting Peace and Security At Home and Abroad

    1. Make America the "Safest Big Country" in the World

    After climbing relentlessly for three decades, crime rates started to fall in the 1990s. Nonetheless, the public remains deeply concerned about the prevalence of gun violence, especially among juveniles, and Americans still avoid public spaces like downtown retail areas, parks, and even sports facilities.

    To continue reducing crime, we need to keep policing "smart" and community-friendly, prohibiting unjust and counterproductive tactics such as racial profiling; focus on preventing as well as punishing crime; pay attention to what happens to inmates and their families after sentencing; use mandatory testing and treatment to break the cycle of drugs and crime; and enforce and strengthen laws against unsafe or illegal guns. Moreover, we need a renewed commitment to equal justice for all, and we must reject a false choice between justice and safety.

    Technology can help in many areas: giving police more information on criminal suspects so they do not rely on slipshod, random stop-and-search methods; allowing lower-cost supervision of people on probation or parole; and making it possible to disable and/or trace guns used by unauthorized persons.

    Above all, we need to remember that public safety is the ultimate goal of crime policy. Until Americans feel safe enough to walk their neighborhood streets, enjoy public spaces, and send their children to school without fear of violence, we have not achieved public safety.

    Goals for 2010

  • Reduce violent crime rates another 25 percent.

  • Cut the rate of repeat offenses in half.

  • Develop and require "smart gun" technology to prevent use of firearms by unauthorized persons and implement sensible gun control measures.

  • Ban racial profiling by police but encourage criminal targeting through better information on actual suspects.

  • Require in-prison and post-prison drug testing and treatment of all drug offenders.

    2. Build a Public Consensus Supporting U.S. Global Leadership

    The internationalist outlook that served America and the world so well during the second half of the 20th century is under attack from both ends of the political spectrum. As the left has gravitated toward protectionism, many on the right have reverted to "America First" isolationism. This collapse of the old Cold War consensus threatens America's ability to provide international leadership on both the economic and security fronts.

    What's needed is a new foreign and security strategy for a new era. Our leaders should articulate a progressive internationalism based on the new realities of the Information Age: globalization, democracy, American pre-eminence, and the rise of a new array of threats ranging from regional and ethnic conflicts to the spread of missiles and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons. This approach recognizes the need to revamp, while continuing to rely on, multilateral alliances that advance U.S. values and interests.

    A strong, technologically superior defense is the foundation for U.S. global leadership. Yet the United States continues to employ defense strategies, military missions, and force structures left over from the Cold War, creating a defense establishment that is ill-prepared to meet new threats to our security. The United States must speed up the "revolution in military affairs" that uses our technological advantage to project force in many different contingencies involving uncertain and rapidly changing security threats -- including terrorism and information warfare. This also means undertaking a systematic overhaul of the military to create a force that is more flexible, integrated, and efficient.

    Goals for 2010

  • A clear national policy with bipartisan support that continues U.S. global leadership, adjusts our alliances to new regional threats to peace and security, promotes the spread of political and economic freedom, and outlines where and how we are willing to use force.

  • A modernized military equipped to deal with emerging threats to security, such as terrorism, information warfare, weapons of mass destruction, and destabilizing regional conflicts.

    Conclusion

    The ideas in this Hyde Park Declaration are not an exclusive or exhaustive agenda for America in the 21st century. We welcome other ideas based on the enduring values of opportunity, responsibility, and community.

    But we do urge our fellow Democrats, and fellow citizens, to take heed of the rapid pace of economic, social, and political change here and abroad; the great potential of new technologies to transform how we live, work, and interact; the inequality of opportunity that will emerge if we do not address it; the dangerous disengagement in public life of our citizenry; and the fresh needs and perspectives of the young people who will succeed us.

    This is the wrong time in history for politics as usual: for empty partisanship; for treating citizens simply as members of contending groups; for divisive appeals based on race, religion, ethnicity, or culture; for efforts to encourage voters to focus on narrow self-interest; and for perpetuating the issues and ideologies of an ever-more-distant past.

    We are firmly convinced that our party, which is more than ever and must always strive to be a New Democratic Party, has the right values, policy goals, and ideas to represent the new politics our country needs. But we cannot rest. We must continue to embrace change if we are to engage the electorate and offer a governing agenda that can produce positive results. As the squire of Hyde Park, Franklin D. Roosevelt, said, "New conditions impose new requirements on government and those who conduct government."

    That is why we best honor the true legacy of FDR not by acting as guardians of the dead letter of past progressive achievements but by living up to the bold, innovative spirit that made those achievements possible. With this Declaration, we affirm our intention to do just that.

    Signatories include:

    Evan Bayh, United States Senator, Indiana
    John Breaux, United States Senator, Louisiana
    Lee Brown, Mayor, Houston, Texas
    Bob Buckhorn, City Councilman, Tampa, Fla.
    Tom Burroughs, State Representative, Kansas
    Kevin Cahill, State Assemblyman, New York
    Ken Cheuvront, State Representative, Arizona
    Michael Coleman, Mayor, Columbus, Ohio
    Pat Colwell, State Representative, Maine
    Kathleen Connell, State Controller, California
    Marti Crow, State Representative, Kansas
    Donald T. Cunningham Jr., Mayor, Bethlehem, Pa.
    Wayne Curry, County Executive, Prince George's County, Md.
    Jim Davis, United States Representative, Florida
    Dan DeMarco, Commissioner of Ross Township, Pennsylvania
    Dana Lee Dembrow, State Delegate, Maryland
    Calvin Dooley, United States Representative, California
    Douglas M. Duncan, County Executive, Montgomery County, Md.
    John A. Fritchey, State Representative, Illinois
    Jeff Gombosky, State Representative, Washington
    Ron Gonzales, Mayor, San Jose, California
    James S. Gregory, City Councilman, Bethlehem, Pa.
    Daniel Grossman, State Representative, Colorado
    Lars A. Hafner, State House Democratic Caucus Chairman, Florida
    Bob Hagedorn, State Representative, Colorado
    Karen Hale, State Senator, Utah
    Robert Henriquez, State Representative, Florida
    Scott N. Howell, State Senate Democratic Leader, Utah
    Sam Hoyt, State Assemblyman, New York
    Calvin Johnson, State Representative, Arkansas
    Paula F. Julander, State Senate Minority Whip, Utah
    Ember Reichgott Junge, State Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Minnesota
    Delores G. Kelley, State Senator, Maryland
    John F. Kerry, United States Senator, Massachusetts
    Kwame Kilpatrick, State Representative, Michigan
    Mary Landrieu, United States Senator, Louisiana
    Thomas Lazieh, City Councilman, Central Falls, R.I.
    Joseph Lieberman, United States Senator, Connecticut
    Blanche Lambert Lincoln, United States Senator, Arkansas
    Duane E. Little, Assessor, Shoshone County, Idaho
    Dannel P. Malloy, Mayor, Stamford, Conn.
    Jennifer Mann, State Representative, Pennsylvania
    Jack Markell, State Treasurer, Delaware
    Stan Matsunaka, State Senator, Colorado
    Jonathan Miller, State Treasurer, Kentucky
    Tom Miller, State Attorney General, Iowa
    Bobby Moak, State Representative, Mississippi
    James P. Moran Jr., United States Representative, Virginia
    Eva Moskowitz, City Council Member, New York
    Ed Murray, State Representative, Washington
    Janet Napolitano, Attorney General, Arizona
    Martin O'Malley, Mayor, Baltimore, Md.
    Marc R. Pacheco, State Senator, Massachusetts
    John D. Porcari, State Secretary of Transportation, Maryland
    David Quall, State Representative, Washington
    Joe Rice, Mayor, Glendale, Colo.
    John Riggs IV, State Senator, Arkansas
    Antonio R. Riley, State Representative, Wisconsin
    Stacy Ritter, State Representative, Florida
    Charles Robb, United States Senator, Virginia
    Carroll G. Robinson, City Councilman, Houston, Texas
    Tim Roemer, United States Representative, Indiana
    Linda J. Scheid, State Senator, Minnesota
    Allyson Schwartz, State Senator, Pennsylvania
    Kathleen Sebelius, State Insurance Commissioner, Kansas
    Eleanor Sobel, State Representative, Florida
    Ellen O. Tauscher, United States Representative, California
    Michael L. Thurmond, State Labor Commissioner, Georgia
    Tom Vilsack, Governor, Iowa
    Kirk Watson, Mayor, Austin, Texas
    J.D. Williams, State Controller, Idaho
    Philip Wise, State Representative, Iowa
    Jane Wood, State Representative, New Hampshire

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