Iowa’s Governor says democrats must find new ways to find solutions to the nation’s vexing problems. Governor Tom Vilsack is attending the Democratic Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. “As a result of having the opportunity to govern, we can be change-agents. We can be reformers. We can develop innovative solutions to problems that have nagged our states and our country for a long period of time,” Vilsack said during a news conference Thursday. Vilsack says democratic governors want to send the message that they are “innovators” who are “challenging the status quo.” Vilsack says governors have been balancing state budgets and want to be part of the discussion at the national level as congress debates ways to balance the federal budget in an era of huge budge deficits. Vilsack will be in Aspen, Colorado on December 3rd and 4th, attending the Democratic Leadership Council retreat. The D-L-C is a group pushing a more centrist vision for the Democratic Party. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, says he would have supported Vilsack as chairman of the Democratic National Committee but understands why Vilsack decided to take his name out of the running.
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