Dean to Visit Mississippi

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The new chairman of the Democratic National Committee says he's coming to Mississippi next week because Democrats are not going to give up on supposedly Republican states.

Howard Dean says he thinks he has a message that will sell in Mississippi.

Dean is a former Vermont governor who was an early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination last year before his campaign fizzled after several early primaries. He was elected DNC chairman this month.

Dean will speak at a $75-a-ticket Democratic dinner Tuesday evening at the Clarion Hotel in Jackson.

Dean said he'll talk about health care, jobs, strong national security and balanced budgets.

In Mississippi, Democrats hold more county elected positions and legislative seats than Republicans. But the governor, lieutenant governor and two U.S. senators are in the GOP, and the state has gone Republican in every presidential race since 1980.

In the meantime, a group of Mississippi's African American Republicans will gather for a news conference in the rotunda of the State Capitol on Monday at 2:00 p.m.

According to a news release, the group will demand an apology from Dean for remarks he made earlier this month that some viewed as racially insensitive.

On Feb. 11, in a speech to members of the DNC Black Caucus, Dean is quoted as saying, "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

Charles Evers, the former Mayor of Fayette, Miss., and brother of slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evers, is listed as the group's spokesman.