A Few Quotes By & About Howard “Mondale” Dean

Here are a few quotes from & about Howard Dean, the man RWN wants to see receive the Democratic nomination. If you want to know why I’m rooting for him, just read these quotes and imagine the campaign ads Karl Rove will be crafting around them next year if Dean goes head to head with Bush…

On Civil Unions & Civil Liberties

(9/11 & the aftermath will) “require a re-evaluation of the importance of some of our specific civil liberties. I think there are going to be debates about what can be said where, what can be printed where, what kind of freedom of movement people have and whether it’s OK for a policeman to ask for your ID just because you’re walking down the street.” — Howard Dean in Sepember of 2001

“[I]t was in many ways the most important event in my political life.’ — Howard Dean on Vermont’s Civil Unions Law

On The War In Iraq

“We got rid of him. I suppose that’s a good thing.” — Howard Dean on Saddam

“I think in general the ends do not justify the means.” — Howard Dean after we blew away Uday & Qusay Hussein

On Social Security

“I have never favored a Social Security retirement age of 70 nor do I favor one of 68.” — Howard Dean in August of 2003

“I would also entertain taking the retirement age up to 68.” — Howard Dean to NBC in June of 2003

“The way to balance the budget is for Congress to cut Social Security, move the retirement age to 70, cut defense, Medicare and veterans pensions, while the states cut almost everything else. It would be tough but we could do it.” — Howard Dean in 1995

On Taxes

“Governor Dean would repeal all of the Bush tax cuts. And that would mean an increase in taxes on everybody, including the middle class and working families who don’t deserve it now, can’t take it, in fact need a break.” — Joe Lieberman on Howard Dean

“Dean not only advocates universal health insurance but also tells audiences that Vermont already has moved in that direction. . . . How to pay for this? Simple, says Dean. Roll back virtually all of President Bush’s tax cut of 2001.” — David Broder

“I think most of the [P]resident’s tax cut ought to be repealed. It’s very bad economic policy.” — Howard Dean in July of 2002

Is He Electable?

“This ‘security mom’ thing is real. Women are even more hawkish than men. Until you can convince the voters that you, too, can keep the country safe, you don’t get heard on the other stuff.” Can Dean beat Bush? “Absolutely impossible.” — Jim Jordan, John Kerry’s Campaign Manager

“A Dean nomination could again [mean] Democrats lose 49 out of 50 states.” — Mark Penn, Lieberman’s pollster

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