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A New Hampshire Mill Town's Primary Concern: What Else but the Economy?

This question is the kind of fruit Democrats have gorged themselves on this campaign season, citing statistics about job loss and the Bush administration's inattention to working Americans and to fair labor and environmental standards abroad. Lieberman, though, didn't bite—even in this town where international trade is a bogeyman.

"Look, the economy does change," said Lieberman. During the Clinton era, Lieberman recalled—he brings up Clinton a lot—"we figured it out, we innovated, we created whole new industries." He pointed out that "there's no law that can stop" international trade and that "we just have to do better."

That's not Howard Dean's approach these days. He made a point of telling reporters in New Hampshire that he thinks software jobs going to India is a "big problem."

The siege of Berlin: Howard Dean's troops take over the junior high gym for a speech.
photo: Cary Conover
The siege of Berlin: Howard Dean's troops take over the junior high gym for a speech.

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And he took a big bite out of the tempting local apple. "We don't get jobs by shipping them overseas," he said. "Every time the paper mill hiccups here, the whole town gets a cold."

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