Magazine article Newsweek

'They'll Say Anything': Dean Whacks the Bush White House, Scolds His Democratic Opponents and Talks Bluntly about Deficits, Taxes and Gays

Magazine article Newsweek

'They'll Say Anything': Dean Whacks the Bush White House, Scolds His Democratic Opponents and Talks Bluntly about Deficits, Taxes and Gays

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He may be the left's hero, but Howard Dean doesn't fit neatly into the political pegboard. He spoke out--on the Democrats' weaknesses, the thorny issue of gay marriage and his own now legendary temperament--in conversations with NEWSWEEK last week. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: You emerged in part when you said that you're from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. What did you mean by that?

DEAN: I think Americans are incredibly hungry for someone who says what he thinks. Particularly as compared with this president, who basically says whatever Karl Rove tells him to say.

Are some Democrats selling out to the conservative movement?

I think that there were a lot of people in Washington who thought that the way to beat a popular Republican incumbent is to try to be like him. Lieberman, Kerry and Gephardt voted for the war. They all supported some form of tax cuts. But I didn't support those things. I am a fiscal conservative, unlike the president, who is running a credit-card administration. I think you've got to balance the budgets in order to get the confidence of investors and create jobs in America again.

People who visit your home region might wonder why there has been so little economic development in Vermont versus New Hampshire.

Well, we have a much lower unemployment rate than the national average. We're either seventh or ninth in high-tech jobs. If you want to build shopping centers, of course, New Hampshire's going to be ahead of Vermont because they have no sales tax and we do.

The president tries to draw a distinction between tolerance and gay marriage. Are you comfortable with calling it marriage?

It's not marriage. My position is, it's none of the federal government's business. I have said as president that I would recognize it for the purpose of equal rights, whatever domestic-partnership arrangements they came to. …

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