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. J Houston, TX

    LOL what a joke. Name ONE democrat who ACTUALLY plans to withdraw our troops from Iraq? They all intend to leave a contingent force. The current Dems aren't anything they pretend to be. They just want enough control to raise taxes and fund more Welfare programs.

    November 30, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. jacob,charles,s.c

    So what Dean? Obama is working hard, don't you see?

    November 30, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  3. C, K, Justus

    The democrats need to spell out their vision for the country. They need to ask for sacrifice to reduce the massive republican national debt.
    They need to make sure the USA is treated fair in the trade agreements. We They need to point out that China and others are abiding by the rules and Bush and the republicans are protecting the corporations instead of bringing charges in the WTO to stop the dumping of goods, using child labor, exceeding quotas, etc.
    The democrats need to keep a positive campaign going and ask the American people for their support.

    November 30, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Speaking of hearty laughs, I just let out a good one when I thought back to Dean's own presidential bid!

    Dean's comment about the all-white-male field of Republican candidates, in an attempt to make them appear to be racists, actually demonstrates HIS (and other Democrats') bigotry. What does it really matter if they're all white, or all black, or all females, or all right-handed? If race or gender is that important to this election, then why not just pull any minority female off the street and call her "President"? Typical liberal– they're so good at namecalling but can't see past their own prejudices. Thanks for making my day Howard!

    November 30, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Nancy,nashua,nh

    This is not for me as a voter. Cnn this is for those candidates, ok?

    November 30, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Howard, NY, NY

    uh Alan Keys is an African American and he ran at least twice. Elizabeth Dole is a Woman and she has also been a Candidate before.. So what is Dean "the Scream" talking about?

    oh wait, they don't count because they are Republicans..

    what a doodyhead!

    November 30, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    And thank you – another man from the "great state of texas".
    Truth is, the republicans are known for their backwards movements and their fear/hate tactics won't work this year!
    I can't wait for gwb to re-join you in your "great state"- since he has completely screwed us, the United States!

    November 30, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Brad, Des Moines, Iowa

    Regarding the all-white comment...if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck.

    November 30, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  9. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    How can the Dean-iac say that Republicans do not know how to run the country?

    – The surge in Iraq (which Democrats opposed and fought tooth and nail to prevent) is having positive effects (i.e., Iraqis are returning to their country from neighboring nations such as Jordan, and violence is down), thank God;

    – Afghanistan is still going our way and improving;

    – The economy is still in decent shape (i.e., low unemployment and high GDP);

    – 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).

    November 30, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |

    Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Please! Stop the nonsense. He wasn't trying to be racist. Are you kidding me? He was stating the obvious. You are the one that made it RACIAL, while at the same time saying "Why does it matter?"

    Very hypocritical. He was simply stating the field is diverse. This is a white male talking about diversity and you get UPSET. Why?

    Are you kidding! My gosh. This is the ignorance that sickens people.


    November 30, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. Chris, Middletown, CT

    They need to take advice from someone like Dean who won his parties nomination for President...and went on to become one of our greatest presidents..wait....Dean did none of these things....why is he talking? A vote for Hillary is a vote for socialism...plain and simple...I wish he used his time to repeat JFK's famous speak – "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" – embracing unions (second coming of communism) and entitlement programs (second coming of socialism) – is wrong on so many levels

    November 30, 2007 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    So if the head of the Republican party made a crack about the ethnicity or gender of the Democrats we would hear nothing from the MSM?

    Anyone can RUN for President after they met the easy as hell criteria, winning is a whole other matter.

    Bush had more minorities and woman in his cabinet than anyone EVER, but our minorities don't count as they don't "think like they are supposed to".

    November 30, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. R Short SF, CA

    That ONE democrat is Bill Richardson. Keep up!

    November 30, 2007 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  14. Richard Tabuteau, Atlanta, GA

    He's exactly right. I'm tired of belonging to a party of pathological losers. Republicans are remarkably talented in winning elections by the use of two words: 2000-Compassionate Conservatism, 2002-9/11, 2004-Gay Marriage, (we wised up in 2006), and 2008-Hillary Clinton. Nominating Sen. Clinton would inevitably lead to another Republican presidency and the loss of any apparent gains we've made in the Midwest and Western parts of the US.

    November 30, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Independent in IA

    Howard Dean needs to keep his mouth closed so the flies don't get in. He's done more to damage the Democratic Party than any three candidates combined.

    November 30, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. Michael Harrison, Arkansas

    Howard Dean is only criticized for screaming at a campaign rally! It is time we all stop acting like children and realize how stupid it is to criticize him for that. I think we are all desperate now for a candidate like that who really cares about this country, not just getting elected, like Clinton and Guiliani and many others.

    Kucinich in '08!!!!

    November 30, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. john williams san diego, ca.

    all of you bush haters-i would never belong to a party that is being led by a bi-polar hate filled person that Dean is..his racial record as Gov. speaks of his low integity

    November 30, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. Tony Hughes, Little Rock AR

    Dr. Ron Paul opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. He supports immediate troop withdrawal. He is Republican.

    Hillary supported the Iraq war in the beginning. Her plan is redeployment.

    November 30, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. RightyTighty

    Republicans win elections because Democrats nominate unelectable candidates. Dooooope..., there you go again. Ha Ha!!

    November 30, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  20. LDP

    Unfortunately, all the "Front Runners" for the Democratic party couldn't even admit they would have troops out of Iraq by 2013.

    by 2013.

    by the end of their first term? Gee, who even came up with such a late date, and THEY STILL COULDN'T AGREE WITH THAT?


    November 30, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. B, Cleveland, OH

    Dean...snicker...what more do you have to know...he's from Vermont, and we all know the demographics there. Give us a break Howie!

    November 30, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Be Va.

    Here's what the New York Times reported on March 17, 1992: "Hillary Clinton said today that she did not earn 'a penny' from state business conducted by her Little Rock law firm and that she never intervened with state regulators on behalf of a failed Arkansas savings and loan association. . . "

    Records would show that she did, in fact, represent Madison before the state securities department. After the revelation, she says, "For goodness sakes, you can't be a lawyer if you don't represent banks."

    November 30, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Rob, San Diego CA

    "The current Dems aren't anything they pretend to be. They just want enough control to raise taxes and fund more Welfare programs."

    Posted By J Houston, TX : November 30, 2007 12:07 pm

    Bush's tax cuts (for the rich) DON'T WORK for this country considering our we went from a $400 Billion surplus to a $200 Billion dollar debt under Bush’s watch. The reality is that the two parties are the very much the same. The only difference is that Democrats spend recklessly and expect taxpayers to foot the bill while Republicans spend recklessly and expect our grandchildren to deal with the taxes/bills. Oh yeah, and Republicans pander to bible thumpers and rednecks...

    Here's a logical question for you Republicans who whine all day about tax increases – would you prefer paying more taxes under a Democratic government that you deem "Communist", or having real Communists in China continue to fund our nations debt under another Republican regime???

    November 30, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. BCNU purple state, usa

    And the diversity shown by those Dems in 2004 was incredible. They had a white guy from Vermont, a white guy from Massachusetts, a white guy from Missouri, a white guy from North Carolina, a white guy from Cleveland, a white guy from Connecticut, a white guy from Arkansas, and a white guy from Florida. Al Sharpton and Carol Mosely Braun making cameo appearances to provide he great diversity.

    November 30, 2007 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Patrick, Denver CO

    Come on noone cares what Dean thinks. He is being factually inaccurate, Alan Keyes, who just happens to be black, is in fact running for the Republican nomination

    November 30, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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