November 30th, 2007
11:30 AM ET
15 years ago

Dean has warning for Democrats

Dean had a warning for his fellow Democrats.

VIENNA, Virginia (CNN) - Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean opened the party’s fall meeting with a warning to his fellow party members.

“The worst thing we can do right now is be complacent .. and take things for granted” Dean told the crowd. He said “Republicans may not know” how to run the country but “they know how to win elections … we better work harder than they do.”

Dean credited the crowded field with having plans to get U.S. troops out of Iraq, but said “we now know it’s not enough to have a majority in the house and the senate, we have to have a Democratic president to change course in Iraq.”

The former Vermont governor ticked through the Republican field and accused many of them of continuing to engage in the “culture of corruption.” Dean also touted the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates, saying they reflect America because the group includes a woman, a Latino and an African-American. He compared the all white male Republican field to a 1950s flashback, drawing a hearty laugh from the crowd.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Senators Joe Biden of Delaware, Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are scheduled to address the meeting later on Friday. Earlier, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut announced he would not attend the event, instead remaining in Iowa to campaign.

- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Matt, TX

    I have a warning for Democrats. Stop nominating clowns like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, or you'll never see a White House again.

    November 30, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Gary Denson Bloomington Indiana

    The Democrats after taking power in 2006 have demonstrated that they are about as worthless as the Republicans they replaced.Nothing has changed and they spent most of their energy trying to ram through corporate written illegal immigration bill that George Bush and his corporate Masters wanted so they could have an abundance of cheap labor. I say vote them all out and go with independents. lou Dobbs is right!

    November 30, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  3. Greg, Iowa City, IA

    "America hasn't had any terrorist attacks on it's soil since 09/11/01 (no thanks to Democrats, who oppose every method implemented by Republicans to keep us safe).
    Posted By Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL : November 30, 2007 12:32 pm"
    Funny. I seem to recall Bill Clinton proposing a huge anti-terrorism bill in 1996 (opposed by the Republicans). One of the proposed features of the bill was that it would make it a lot harder for terrorist groups to funnel money through international banks. This provision was stripped by conservative Republican Phil Gramm.
    Clinton proved to be prophetic, as one of the things Bush did less than a year after 9/11 was to implement this policy (one of the few things Bush has done that I agree with).
    And of course I haven't even mentioned the 1/1/2000 attempted attack on the L.A. airport, an attack the Clinton administration prevented. Or Al Gore's
    ignored 1997 proposals to make airplanes safer & make cockpit cabins have lockable doors.
    Or Bush's lack of retaliation for the October 2000 Cole attacks. (Why not retaliate, George? That window was still open for months after you took office.)

    Democrat Gary Hart released a long report in Feb. 2001 warning about a terrorist attack. (True, the co-chair, Warren Rudman, was a Republican, but he's practically been forced out of the party by this point.)

    November 30, 2007 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  4. S. Wright

    The Executive branch of the Government does not provide legislation; the Legislative branch does. See, that's why it's called the Legislature.

    If Clinton was as "prophetic" as alleged, he would have acted pre-emptively instead of talking about it. He would have discharged his primary duty, which unfortunately for Progressives, is not the raising of taxes and the solvency and ascendency of the Government over the individual.

    Dean is correct about one thing: Republicans do win Presidential elections. It's too bad Progressives are still clinging to the Marxist pablum they imbibed in as youths, instead of Hamilton, Alexander, Jay and Paine.

    Then again, they wouldn't be "Progressives" then, now would they?

    December 1, 2007 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  5. mark wilkes barre pa

    WALLACE,,,, why didnt dean just stick with our side is diverse then ? why say all white field when refering to the republican candidates ? the obvious thing is it mattered enough to dean to say the words in the first place, Ignorance preceeds many comments and thoughts at election time WALLACE,, think about that before your next comment

    December 1, 2007 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  6. mark wilkes barre pa

    Rob san diego CA,,,, You started off great there with the comparison of parties in bush's two terms of office and then you blew it with your hate rederick " bible thumpers and redknecks ",,,, If you dont already know this you should, Since Ronald reagens conception, BOTH parties share equaly in the failure of foriegn trade and our debt to contries like china. the 400 billion surplus your talking about looked great at the time untill we found out they were just I-O -U's funded by what ?

    December 1, 2007 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  7. Willy, Chesapeake,VA

    I will be so happy when Dean and his cast of crooks will get defeated "again" for the WH 2008. America has seen the mistake they made voting in those old hippies to power in Congress. We are not a socilaist nation.

    December 1, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  8. Steve, Huntsville, AL

    I just love the Clinton apologists. The fact is, Clinton lacked the fortitude, and leadership, to spend some of his political capital, we hear so much about, to do what was really necessary...eliminate the al Qaeda training camps that were flourishing in Afghanistan during the 90's. Had he done so, and done so early on...would 9/11 have even happened? Not surprising really since he was so preoccupied with polls and his own popularity. So, regrettably, Clinton proved to NOT be so "prophetic".

    December 1, 2007 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Kristy Sanborn Dixon, Mo.

    Its obvious that Dean didn't hear nor respects our soldiers message to those back here in the U.S., to "let us win" the war in Iraq.
    No respect for our soldiers, yes, get a democrat president in, that will back Dean up on that, just what America needs, to not respect our soldiers opinions who fight to protect us.

    December 1, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Joel Edison Morrow GA

    Lest Mr. Dean forgets, there was no way an African-American, Latino, or female would dare to have run in a 1950's presidential race whether Republican or Democrat.

    December 2, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  11. Tiera Renee Thorpe,Norfolk,Virginia

    Hello politics Iam an african-american 22year old young lady, and I just wanted to know why is it that this world is becoming so destructive to the point I feel I really don't have a future? And why is it that you people only think about the so-called stupid things in life instead of worrying about more serious matters like
    *Health care(not just for the wealthy)
    *Young african americans killing each other daily and all other races
    *What about the drugs??
    *What about Homeless people
    *what about debt that American people are in under 25years of age?
    *What about getting a cure for AIDS?
    *What about better assistance?
    *What about these wrongful cops?why is it they and kill and get away with it?
    *What about asking some of you so-called famous people to help out some of these low income or just working to get through the week families out..
    *why is that this world claim to be so much in debt but you have enough money to pay someone 10,000 just to make you laugh but can't pay the averge person atleast 15.00 an hour just to live a decent life???
    *why is that..especially when a company is making atleast a million dollars a day??
    *And why is it you all are trying to put THE LORD AND GOD OUT of there creation??and put the world into a NEW WORLD ORDER?? what is that about??

    December 4, 2007 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
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