Dean Elected Head of Democrats

2-12-05- Howard Dean is the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The sometimes blunt former Vermont governor was elected today to replace outgoing party chief Terry McAuliffe.

Dean said, "Today will be the beginning of the re-emergence of the Democratic Party." He says that begins with Democrats standing up for what they believe in.

The former presidential candidate is promising to rebuild state parties, take the offense against Republicans and better explain Democratic Party positions.

He says his first task will be working with Democrats in conservative states in the South and West.

Dean says he'll be spending a lot of time in so-called red states, to demonstrate that if you show up and take a stand, people won't be as skeptical about you.