Howard Dean Returns to Iowa for Union Speech

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean shakes hands with students during his "Register for a Change" bus tour event Friday, Sept. 5, 2008 on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Dean encouraged people to get out and knock on doors in a effort to get out the vote for the November election. (Brian Ray/The Gazette)

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By Rachel Begle

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says Democrats must focus on winning legislative seats and called on union members to knock on doors frequently and get to know voters personally.

He says in a speech Wednesday to the Iowa Federation of Labor's annual convention in Altoona that statehouse campaigns need to run as if every legislative candidate were running for president.

He says it's important as Democrats counter Republican efforts to change voting rules and other measures.

Dean encouraged union members to recruit strong candidates now and volunteer to knock on doors so frequently that they get to know voters personally.

If Democrats do that well, Dean predicted the party would do well in the 2014 election.

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