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A union as strong as the American people

Only when every American who wants to work can, when every child goes to a good school and has the opportunity to go further, only when health care is available and affordable for every American, when a lifetime of work guarantees retirement with dignity, and when America is secure at home and our strength abroad is respected, not resented-only then will we have a union as strong as the American people.
Source: Democratic Response to the 2004 State of the Union address Jan 20, 2004

Shift away from Bush priorities will follow shift in Senate

When Democrats take control of the Senate early in June, they plan swift action on patients’ rights legislation, followed by rapid-fire consideration of other long-stalled Democratic initiatives. Along the way, they intend to sidetrack many of President Bush’s proposals. Soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D, SD), spelling out some of the practical effects of the new political reality on Capitol Hill, said that Bush priorities such as a missile-defense shield, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and expanding nuclear energy will be shelved.

Flexing the political muscle he gained with Vermont Sen. James Jeffords’ decision to leave the Republican Party, Daschle said Democrats will have one-person majorities in committees. While offering olive branches to the president and GOP Senators, Daschle made it clear that there had been a sea change in Washington. The Senate is expected to reorganize itself upon returning from its Memorial Day recess.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, p. A-1 May 28, 2001

Gore ahead by 9 votes, if all current recounts are counted

[Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, speaking to Gore]: There is overwhelming support [among Democrats in Congress] for your effort to ensure that we have a fair and full count. There’s a recognition, of course, that we’ve got a lot of work to do to obtain that count. We’re encouraged by the numbers that we’ve seen in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach and some of the other numbers around. And we were just given a new tally this morning that if we counted all of the votes that have already been counted and some of the recount we’d actually be ahead by maybe nine votes. So we’re encouraged by that. I think there’s overwhelming support for your effort and a realization that if we completed the count, there is little doubt that you’d be ahead. So we wanted to come down and be as emphatic as we can that we support you and your effort and we support this full and fair recount. In order to win, you’ve got to have the votes. We think you’ve got the votes.
Source: Conference call with Lieberman, Daschle, Gephardt, & Gore Nov 27, 2000

Religious affiliation: Catholic.

Daschle : religious affiliation:

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The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.

Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a person’s membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. There’s no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.

Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH11 on Nov 7, 2000

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