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June 2, 2006
Re "Return of the liberal hawks," Current, May 28 Jacob Heilbrunn's labeling of defense-oriented Democrats as "liberal hawks" is misleading at best. First, no one of even cursory knowledge would call any member of the Democratic Leadership Council a liberal. They are avowed, militant centrists. Furthermore, Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner have almost the same opinion of post-9/11 national security as Howard Dean and Al Gore. All of them supported the 1991 Iraq war and the 2002 Afghanistan war and believe that we should beef up the military to target true anti-American terrorism.
June 22, 1987 | Associated Press
The Democratic Party must avoid being labeled again as a captive of special interests if it hopes to win the presidency in 1988, former Virginia Gov. Charles Robb said today at a party strategy session on next year's Super Tuesday primaries. Robb, a founder of the Democratic Leadership Council, which is sponsoring the two-day summit ending today, said he hopes the council will "shift the political debate from more parochial issues to those issues of central concern to all Americans."
May 8, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Perry Day Quick, a senior staff economist for the Council of Economic Advisers during the Carter and Reagan administrations, died of colorectal cancer Tuesday at his home in Washington. He was 61. Quick also worked as a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Board and helped shape Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart's economic policy for his campaign. He also served on the Democratic Leadership Council.
August 10, 2007
Re "Democratic candidates try to woo blogging crowd," Aug. 5 The attendance of all the major Democrat presidential candidates at the Daily Kos convention over the weekend should give mainstream, centrist and independent voters cause for concern. The Daily Kos is a vicious, hate-filled blog that routinely spews far-left hyperbole and smear attacks. What is alarming is that none of the leading candidates saw fit to attend the Democratic Leadership Council's convention as well.
January 2, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
The truce appears to be expiring among Democrats in Washington. In the immediate aftermath of Sen. John F. Kerry's loss to President Bush in November, Democrats notably avoided the postelection squabbling that's consumed the party after almost all recent presidential races -- even those it won. But as the new year begins, a series of high-profile articles in leading liberal journals is suddenly reopening old divisions.
April 9, 2000 | JEFF COHEN, Jeff Cohen is the co-author of "Wizards of Media Oz: Behind the Curtain of Mainstream News" (Common Courage, 1997)
When Al Gore recently joined conservatives in supporting a special law to award Elian Gonzalez permanent U.S. residency, his maneuver was straight out of the playbook that has governed eight years of Clintonism: "Fake left, go right." If a play like this works, Clintonites get to position themselves as thoughtful moderates between congressional Democrats and Republicans.
December 11, 1986 | Associated Press
Centrist Democrats heard warnings today against viewing the Iran- contra scandal as "a free pass to the White House" as well as against returning to the party's big-spending image. Former Gov. Charles Robb of Virginia opened the two-day meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council by cautioning the group that "not even the most partisan Democrat can take any real delight in our President's and our country's very serious situation."
July 23, 1986 | JOHN BALZAR, Times Political Writer
Former Virginia Gov. Charles S. Robb, an emerging spokesman for "centrist" Democrats, said Tuesday that the traditional system of paying workers a fixed hourly wage or flat annual salaries may be obsolete in the United States. In a major speech on economics, Robb suggested a new compensation system linking pay to productivity.
December 12, 1986 | United Press International
Senate Majority Leader-designate Robert C. Byrd told Democrats today that President Reagan's secret dealings with Iran reflect a lack of trust in the American public that is destroying Reagan's credibility. Byrd spoke at the closing session of the first meeting of the Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist party group, and said the 100th Congress intends to get to the bottom of the latest Iranian crisis.
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