Screen Test

Posted January 20, 2004 at 4:04pm

One would sit out the 2004 run for the White House. One would see his hopes dashed in Iowa. And one would claim — and lose — the Democratic frontrunner status. But in April 1995, Sen. Tom Daschle (S.D.), Rep. Richard Gephardt (Mo.) and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean came together to slam the first 100 days of the first GOP Congress in 40 years. Daschle and Gephardt, at the time leading the minority in their respective chambers, held a news conference during which Democratic governors such as Dean (on screen) were beamed in. The event was held to try to counter the Republican “Contract with America” publicity drive. With the help of America Online and C-SPAN, the Democrats also held what would be one of the first national online chats.