WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean promised that his party will "respect all Americans" as it prepares to take control of the U.S. Congress.
Dean, delivering the Democrat's Saturday radio address, took credit for the Democrats' strong showing last Tuesday when voters put the party in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate and several gubernatorial positions. The party also did well on the state-legislator level.
Dean's plan to expand the reach of the party to non-traditional Democratic areas had been criticized but appears to have paid off.
"We won in places that some thought we couldn't," Dean said. "We earned the votes of people who may not have voted for a Democrat in a long time ... We also reached out to all Americans, regardless of party or religious affiliation, and we talked about the values and beliefs that we share as Americans."
Dean also went over the Democrats' national agenda and added, "The most important promise we make is this -- we will respect all Americans. We will value your beliefs and your families as we restore America to its position of moral leadership throughout the world."