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Sweet Oct. 30 debate extra 3. Howard Dean, four years later.

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PHILADELPHIA---Drexel University—where Tuesday’s two-hour Democratic debate is being held was founded by Anthony J. Drexel in 1892.. The school is handing out a book about Drexel to reporters.

Separated at birth? David Axelrod and Drexel. Graphics from Marc Ambinder, who presides over a reported blog at The Atlantic. LINK

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean just welcomed the audience. This is the fourth officially sanctioned Democratic debate, though the candidates have been on a stage together eight or nine times.

“Tonight you will see the next President of the United States. We just don’t know which one it is gong to be yet,” Dean said. Republicans are the party of the 1850s. “Our people are the future of the country.”

Four years ago at this time Dean was a frontrunner himself for the Democratic presidential nomination. Things fell apart for him in Iowa and by February, 2005 he was out of the race.

Reminder: the political situation is fluid, even though Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is a frontrunner in national and most early state polls, with the exception of Iowa, where there is essentially a three-way tie.

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