I've waffled before. I'll waffle again.— Howard Dean
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I still want to be the candidate for guys with Confederate flags in their pickup trucks.
The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon.
I was hoping to get a reception like this, I'd just hoped that it would be on Thursday night instead of Tuesday night.
When you - when you - and this is still going on today - are making your money by pushing paper around, when you should be making your money by investing venture capital in various job-creating things, that makes it much harder to recover.
At every turn when there has been an imbalance of power, the truth questioned, or our beliefs and values distorted, the change required to restore our nation has always come from the bottom up from our people.
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I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy.
Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like "Rush Limbaugh," and we don't have to put up with that.
I'm a committed Christian. I worship in my own way. That's my business. That's not the business of the pharisees who are going to preach to me about what I do and then do something else.
I'm just deeply disappointed that once again we may have to settle for the lesser of two evils.
There is a Party of fiscal responsibility.
.. economic responsibility... social responsibility... civic responsibility... personal responsibility... and moral responsibility. That party is the Democratic Party.
We know that no one person can succeed unless everybody else succeeds.
Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence.
The Democratic Party, all the candidates from Washington, they all know each other, they all move in the same circles, and what I'm doing is breaking into the country club.
I think the recovery hasn't been stronger because the hole that was dug for President Obama by the Bush administration was far worse than anybody could imagine, first of all.
Hypocrisy is a value that I think has been embraced by the Republican Party.
We get lectured by people all day long about moral values by people who have their own moral shortcomings.
I've always been endorsed by the National Rifle Association.
I think most people... would be glad to pay the same taxes they paid when Bill Clinton was president, if only they could have the same economy they had when Bill Clinton was president.
I like John Kerry. I think he's intellectually curious and very thoughtful. I think he's deeply committed on issues like the environment. I think he's an internationalist, which I am.
There are no ideas in the Republican Party right now in the Congress.
They're the party of no. They desperately need some intellectual leadership. And whatever you think of Newt Gingrich, he can supply intellectual leadership. So I hope he does run.
John Ashcroft is not a patriot, John Ashcroft is a descendant of Joseph McCarthy.
The fact is that we wouldn't be in Iraq if it weren't for Democrats like Senator Kerry.
Every day it becomes clearer that this was the wrong war at the wrong time.
We've not had one Republican president in 34 years balance the budget.
You can't trust right-wing Republicans with your money. You ought to hire somebody who has balanced a budget. I'm much more conservative with money than George Bush is.
Look, I'm not a perfect person. I have my warts. I sometimes say things that get me in trouble. I wear suits that are cheap. But I say what I think and I believe what I say, and I'm willing to say things that are not popular but ordinary people know are right.
Real Democrats don't make promises they can't keep.
The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do.
So what we - all we really want, I think, from the so-called Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is really to stand up for what we believe in.
That's one of the things about the Tea Party people.
They think corporations have too much influence in American life and they do.
This is a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good.
I supported the war in Afghanistan because 3000 of our people were murdered and I thought we had a right to defend the people of the United States.
If you're really worried about the effect of "Silent Night" on the kids, you need a hobby or something, and I'm glad you're pointing that out.
George Bush calls his biggest fundraisers Rangers and Pioneers.
But today, we stand together, and we call ourselves, simply, Americans.
I have a great sense of humor, but it has an ironic twist to it.
I don't mind being called a liberal. I just don't really think it's true.
You know, to listen to Senator Lieberman, Senator Kerry, Representative Gephardt, I'm anti-Israel, I'm anti-trade, I'm anti-Medicare and I'm anti-Social Security. I wonder how I ended up in the Democratic Party. I'm not a new entrant to the Democratic Party. I've been here a long time.
I think democracy fails under a variety of conditions and one of the conditions occurs when people don't have the ability to get the kind of information they need to make up their mind. Ideologically, I don't care much for FOX News. But the truth is that, as long as there are countervailing points of view available on the spectrum, it doesn't matter.
Tom DeLay himself has never been the issue.
DeLay is a symptom of a larger disease?a sick Republican culture of corruption that touches everyone who took his dirty money, voted for his corrupt leadership, or sat silently while their party has sold our government to the highest bidder.
We have to say what we believe... whether it's popular or not.
The Iraqi prime minister is an anti-Semite.
We don't need to spend $200 and $300 and $500 billion dollars bringing democracy to Iraq to turn it over to people who believe that Israel doesn't have a right to defend itself and who refuse to condemn Hezbollah.
I intend to talk about race during this election in the South because the Republicans have been talking about it since 1968 in order to divide us. And I'm going to bring us together. Because you know what? You know what? White folks in the South who drive pickup trucks with Confederate flag decals in the back ought to be voting with us and not them, because their kids don't have health insurance either and their kids need better schools too.
There's been more than one time when I've said something, and sort of the middle of what I've said is not said but thought, and therefore assumed to be understood, which is a ridiculous assumption on my part, but sometimes gets me in trouble.
This country was the moral leader of the world until George Bush became president.
So the - the part of the problem is not just the rhetoric.
It's the fact that we - we're so polarized in what we've done to each other as parties over the last thirty years in redistricting that it's very, very hard to overcome your own constituencies and move to the middle.
Someone earlier made a remark about losing 500 soldiers and 2,200 wounded in Iraq. Those soldiers were sent there by the vote of Sen. Lieberman, Sen. Edwards and Sen. Kerry. I think that is a serious matter.
My view is Fox News is a propaganda outlet for the Republican Party and I don't comment on Fox News.
We need to go everywhere. There is not one county in this state, I don't care how far west you go, that doesn't have Democrats. We have to be proud of who we are.
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.
We will ultimately be judged by how we react in times of trouble and how we care for the least among us.
I think with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, you can't play, you know, hide the salami, or whatever it's called.