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Wellstone For President
Published on Friday, May 12, 2000 in the Madison Capital Times
Wellstone For President
Editorial
 
Sorry, we couldn't resist.

U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., decided not to run for president this year, preventing The Capital Times from endorsing him for the Democratic nod. But we couldn't pass up a chance to run a "Wellstone for President'' headline.

At a time when the national and state Democratic parties are being pulled to the right by the corporation-sponsored Democratic Leadership Council -- "Democrats for the Leisure Class'' -- Wellstone is a north star. He reminds Democrats that their party can and should stand for principles such as national health care, living wages, public education and equal rights for all.

Wellstone doesn't just talk a good line. He hits the road to advance it.

Wellstone will deliver the keynote address at tonight's Madison Community Health Center dinner. On Saturday, he'll join 1998 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed Garvey and other local activists for a breakfast of bagels and progressive politics, and then he and U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will appear at a fund-raiser for U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin.

If we had our way, he'd be doing all this as the Democratic candidate for president. As it is, he's doing it as the man we proudly call our friend and our inspiration.

2000 The Capital Times

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