By John F. Harris and Helen Dewar
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 6, 2004; Page A01
Democrats reacted with overwhelming skepticism yesterday to President Bush's pledge this week to work constructively with them on a second-term agenda, as the party begins an intense debate about whether to seek any common ground with Bush or to be implacable in opposition.
Many Democrats said the experience of the first term -- in which they perceive that Bush promised cooperation but governed in a highly partisan fashion -- has left them reluctant to cooperate with Bush unless he takes the first step by moderating his course on such issues as Social Security, judicial appointments and limiting lawsuits
DNC Chairman Terence R. McAuliffe at this year's convention. McAuliffe may be replaced by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack. (Melina Mara -- The Washington Post)
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