To Explain Election Dean Cites Hope, Unity; Duncan Cites Spending [The Record]
Article by Hope Katz Gibbs
The Record, National Press Club
Nov. 7, 2008
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The Democratic and Republican National Committee chairmen paid homage to their candidates, American voters, and the political process Nov. 5 at a sold-out National Press Club Luncheon.
A proud and admittedly sleep-deprived Howard Dean, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, announced that America chose hope over fear and unity over division when it elected Barack Obama with 52 percent of the vote (349 electoral votes, as of the morning of Nov. 5) compared to 46 percent (163 electoral votes) for McCain.
Dean noted that four years ago the Luncheon held the day after the election was a different experience for the Republican National Committee (RNC). Indeed, Robert M. (Mike) Duncan, RNC chairman, was an active member of the party when George W. Bush was re-elected for his second term in 2004.
Today, the RNC chairman congratulated Obama and the other democrats who won their races. He said that Sen. John McCain led a heroic campaign and is a credit to his party and country.
Duncan attributed McCain’s loss to the fact that Obama was able to outspend Republicans by 3- or 4-to-1 in some states, and referred to Obama’s effort as “the most successful Republican moderate campaign since Dwight Eisenhower.”