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Excerpts from DNC Chairman Howard Dean's Remarks at the National Baptist Convention
Date:9/6/2007

which disproportionately affects African Americans. Democrats have passed a bill to make prescription drugs more affordable and stop the Republican culture of catering to big drug companies before caring about our own people.

"And today the Conference committee has met and agreed upon a bill that will cut in half the interest paid on college loans and increase Pell Grants and Perkins loans so that all children may have an opportunity to go to college and improve their opportunities.

"We have passed a bill that insures every child in America and we have been threatened with a veto by this President.

"The truth is that we have made progress in the last six months, but we will not be able to do things we need to do unless we have a Democratic President. We will not be able to get our troops out of Iraq unless we have a Democratic President. Every single one of the folks on the other side thinks we ought to stay there. It is a clear choice.

The Katrina Example

"Recently we celebrated the two year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The federal government's failed response to the people of the Gulf Coast was a chilling example...

"After the Hurricane, the Democratic Party worked to help and serve. The first thing we did, [we] stopped fundraising, allowed staff to take three weeks off with pay and volunteer and I am most proud that we were one of the first groups to hold a meeting in New Orleans after the Hurricane to help support the local economy.

"As the people of the Gulf Coast get back on their feet, the National Baptist Convention has played a critical role in rebuilding devastated areas, providing housing, aiding fellow congregations and giving people a sense of hope.

"People of faith turned around New Orleans. Your efforts are a great example of the important role that churches play in bringing aid and comfort to the sick and displaced in society.

The Crisis of Global HIV/AIDS

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