'New Democrats' Plan Bash-Bush Bash

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:29 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Democratic Leadership Council is holding its 2003 national convention in Philadelphia on July 27-28, and the DLC said it chose Philadelphia - the site of the 2000 Republican National Convention - to "focus on the promises President Bush has broken" in the three years since the GOP convention took place.

The DLC said it will develop a battle plan for defeating President Bush in 2004; and delegates also will discuss "the agenda the New Democrats will take to the country."

A press release noted that the theme of this year's convention is "The New Democrats' Declaration: What We're Fighting For."

More than 300 elected officials from across the country are expected to attend the convention, organizers say.

Featured speakers include DLC Chair Sen. Evan Bayh; Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano; Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; and Virginia Gov. Mark Warner.

According to the DLC website, New Democrats describe themselves as "advocates of activist government." The movement considers itself "a progressive alternative to the worn-out dogmas of traditional liberalism and conservatism."

The DLC was founded in 1985. Past DLC chairmen include former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, and Rep. Dick Gephardt of Missouri.