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Dean’s Greatest Hits

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Dean’s “Greatest Hits”

DEAN’S KNOWLEDGE OF FACTS

DEAN: When the Republicans were in power, they kept a

much larger percentage of President Clinton’s nominees

to the bench. They didn’t do it with the filibuster,

they did it by bottling them up in committee and not

allowing them to move forward.

MR. RUSSERT: The numbers are pretty similar actually.

DR. DEAN: OK. They’re similar.

…..

DR. DEAN: Right now the Social Security tax is only

on the first, I think, about $85,000 worth of wages.

I saw an economic analysis the other day that said if

you remove that cap entirely that Social Security will

be solvent. [You think somebody discussing Social

Security reform would know it’s $90,000.]

DEAN, NOT VOTERS, SHOULD CHOOSE CONGRESSMEN:

MR. RUSSERT: Here’s the Democratic National Committee

Web site this morning. It is, in effect, a mug shot

of Tom DeLay. You can see his height in the back with

inches there, a serial number, 18821. Is that

appropriate, a mug shot?

DR. DEAN: I don’t think it’s appropriate for Tom

DeLay to be in Congress, Tim. I really don’t.

DEAN THINKS THERE WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

DEAN: Some of the things that the president said on

our way into Iraq, they just weren’t true, and I don’t

think that’s right. So…

MR. RUSSERT: Such as?

DR. DEAN: Such as the weapons of mass destruction,

which we have all known about, but the…

MR. RUSSERT: Well, you said there were weapons of

mass destruction.

DR. DEAN: I said I wasn’t sure, but I said I thought

there probably were.

DEAN THINKS BUSH IS MORE NUANCED THAN KERRY

MR. RUSSERT: When did the president ever suggest that

Saddam Hussein was responsible for September 11?

DR. DEAN: He didn’t. His nuance–his people

suggested that. He suggested that in a nuanced way in

many of his speeches.

DEAN THINKS WE SHOULD LAY OFF DELAY:

DEAN: We ought not to lecture each other about our

ethical shortcomings.

DEAN THINKS ROE SHOULD BE OVERTURNED, AND ABORTION

SHOULD BE A STATE MATTER:

DEAN: You know what I’d prefer to see, frankly? I’d

prefer to see medical practice boards around the

country, state by state–because people do believe

different things about this in different states. I’d

prefer to see medical practice boards around the

country set ethical guidelines for abortion.

DEAN SEES NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOCIALISTS AND LIBERAL

DEMOCRATS:

DR. DEAN: Well, first of all, [Bernie Sanders is] not

a socialist, really.

MR. RUSSERT: He…

DR. DEAN: He hasn’t said that for a while.

MR. RUSSERT: Oh, he has a–he wrote in his book:

“Outside or in the House, I am a Democratic

socialist.”

DR. DEAN: Well, a Democratic socialist–all right,

we’re talking about words here. And Bernie can call

himself anything he wants. He is basically a liberal

Democrat, and he is a Democrat that–he runs as an

Independent because he doesn’t like the structure and

the money that gets involved. . . . The bottom line is

that Bernie Sanders votes with the Democrats 98

percent of the time.

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